What Is A MUGA Pitch, And Which One Is Right For My School?

MUGA Sports Pitch designed to accommodate multiple sports.

A MUGA is an all-in-one sporting facility that primary, secondary or special schools, sports clubs or leisure facilities can use to host a range of sports and activities, including:

  • football
  • basketball
  • tennis
  • hockey
  • netball 
  • and badminton.

Understanding what a MUGA pitch is will be vital if you’re planning on starting your own sports teams in your school, renting out your sporting facilities or expanding your physical education options. In addition, knowing how your choices affect the multi-sports area pupils can play in is helpful.

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The Benefits Of A MUGA Pitch

MUGAs offer a wide range of benefits. Depending on what sports you play and what team sizes you prefer, there is likely to be a multiple-use games area (MUGA) pitch that would accommodate your specific needs.

Many different teams can use these spaces at once, so they are an excellent cost-effective way to get more sports space into a school, making it easier to deliver a more varied learning experience to pupils.

It works because each sport uses different parts of the same area, meaning that once one game has ended, another can take its place within minutes.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A MUGA Pitch?

The cost of a MUGA pitch depends on the type of surface you choose and the scale of groundwork required. Generally speaking, it costs between £xx-£xx per square metre to install a synthetic sports pitch at an education facility or leisure centre.

Resin-bound surfacing is one of the most affordable options. However, the number and type of sports to be played on the surface can also contribute to cost.

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The Types Of Surfaces Needed For Each Sport

When selecting your surface, you have several options depending on your sporting needs. MUGA pitch surfaces range from synthetic turf to professional rubberised anti-slip finishes and tarmac. Some finishes can accommodate many sports, whilst others are more restrictive to particular sports.

There are 5 Sport England-accredited MUGA pitch surfaces, and knowing which is suitable for your sports facility can be confusing. If you would like some help understanding which one is best suited for specific sports, you can visit our MUGA installation page.

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Choosing The Right Location For Your Pitches

It would be best if you made sure that there is enough room for your requirements — a minimum area of 10m x 20m. It is worth noting that this minimum size restricts the playable area and, in turn, the sporting options available to you.

It would help if you considered accessibility for construction equipment when choosing your location. For example, suppose you are installing a pitch onto an existing sports field. In that case, you will need to consider what impact construction work will have on playing activities during installation and after completion. Alternatively, you might want your MUGA pitch installers to do the work outside term time.

Designing Your Facility

You and your service provider should carefully plan the design for a multi-use games area (MUGA). You are using the space for various sports, so there are some often overlooked questions you’ll need to answer, such as:

  • Will I be using my MUGA pitch all year round?
  • Does my chosen area have any obvious drainage issues?
  • Have I thought about planning permission?

If you intend to get year-round use from your MUGA pitch, you’ll need to consider the need for professional outdoor lighting for the darker months and whether or not you’ll need fencing, shelters or outdoor seating areas.

In addition to this, it is essential to consider drainage. If left unchecked, drainage issues can become a nuisance during colder, wetter months and incur additional repair costs if you need to fix it later. A reputable installer will always talk to you about these considerations at the beginning of a project.

Tip: Ensure you have a high-quality 3D render of your new MUGA sports pitches from your installer to help avoid misunderstandings and complexities later.

Don’t Forget Planning Permission

If you want to install a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in England, you must have planning permission. You can obtain planning permission from your local planning department. There are various types of MUGAs, and each can have a different effect on your neighbours. Therefore, it is essential to know what kind of facility you intend to have and what potential impact there could be on any existing facilities in neighbouring areas.

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