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What Makes a Great Sport Sand?

16th November 2021
What Makes a Great Sport Sand?

If you are a sportsperson, either now or in your childhood, you probably have memories of some surfaces appearing to be covered in sand. It turns out that while the sand may make the inside of your trainers a bit gritty, it has great benefits for the condition and maintenance of playing surfaces across the land.

At MB Wilkes we know this well, and stock premium sports quality sand that’ll cater to the needs of any sports club and its playing surface. Our team have the knowledge and experience to choose the perfect sports sand while being on hand to answer any questions about the range of other items we have in stock.

Let us walk you through what we know about sports sand, so you can rest easy knowing that your club’s playing surface is in tip top shape.

The Composition

Selecting the correct grade of sand for spreading on your playing surface is vitally important. The ‘grade’ of a sand refers to the size of each individual particle, ranging from the smallest and ‘finest’ to largest and ‘sharpest’, with each having distinctly different qualities that are useful in different applications. You’ll find with finer sand that it has less structure and more malleability, while sharp sand is vice versa, strong but prone to cracks and lesions.

Sport sand shouldn’t be either too sharp or too fine – you’ll find that a quality, washed silica sports sand will be between grades 30 and 45, placing it somewhere in the middle.

What Does it Do?

Sand aids in the process of drainage, with each grade of sand having a different effect on the playing surface. For example, fine sand effectively seals up the playing surface if spread on to the top layer, meaning you’ll struggle to get your pitch to drain – while sharp sands will destabilise the surface over time, negatively impacting the general make up of the soil –making it even more important to remember the 30 to 45 grading.

In order to get the best results out of your sand spreading, there are steps you need to take to make sure you don’t cause unneeded damage to the grass. Post-match, it is recommended that you divot the pitch with a fork as this aerates the surface after being compacted by players, also allowing you to spread the sand into the top layer of surface soil.

Choose MB Wilkes for your Sport Sand Needs

MB Wilkes offer premium quality silica sport sand, ready to cater to all sports clubs whether a local grassroots team or a professional outfit. We can work with you to ensure that your pitch is receiving the best maintenance possible, giving your teams the surface that they deserve.

Why not browse the rest of our site to check our other products, or give our friendly team a call to discuss your sports sand needs.

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