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					           Single Ended Goal (SEG)
         Multi User Games Area (MUGA)
                Information Sheet
SEGs, Single Ended Goals
Informal ball games are very popular with
older children / teenagers and SEGs are
one solution for providing ball games on
compact sites with limited funding.
Essentially SEGs have two components:
the vertical structure which may feature
cricket, football and netball „goals‟ and the
horizontal playing surface. This may be a
grassed area, ideally rolled and mown,
possibly reinforced with „grasscrete‟ to
reduce localized erosion or an engineered
surface such as concrete. Example costs
and sizes are £5,600+VAT for the goal
structure (supplied and fitted) and
£3,500+VAT for a 10m x 6m concrete
play area on a level grass site. Costs may be further reduced by siting the SEG on
the play area car park, however, there are drawbacks and gated access is advised to
ensure a safe controlled and segregated play area.

MUGAs, Multi User Games Areas

MUGA Sizes
There are no defined sizes for MUGAs. At the smallest we can install a combined
basketball goal and five-a-side goal within a 5m long x 3m high rebound fencing. Set
on one side of a hardened surface measuring 10m x 10m.
31m x 19m with a 1.0m wide path around the outside of the heavy duty surround is
proving to be a popular size for parish councils seeking to provide a facility for five-a-
side and basketball.
Increasing the size to 36m x 17.5m allows the addition of tennis and netball to the
range of games that can be played.
A 60m x 40m MUGA allows for practice football and if divided with a sliding net can
provide two simultaneous games of five-a-side. MUGA's at this size are often run on
a commercial basis.

MUGA Surfaces
Porous Macadam
This hot laid, rapid draining and durable surface, provides probably the most robust,
low maintenance, MUGA surface. It combines excellent underfoot traction with

consistent speed and bounce. Working with a renowned surfacing research
organisation, Grimshaw Sports have developed a unique variation on this surface for
specific foot control in netball applications. This can be provided if required. Subject
to site access, these surfaces are laid using the company‟s latest laser guided paver
for superb accuracy.

Coloured Porous Macadam
With all of the characteristics of our standard porous macadam, the playing surface of
the MUGA is sprayed with two coats of an acrylic resin specifically developed for
sports applications. The resin contains a high level of a fine sand filler, which
provides texture and underfoot grip in damp conditions.
MUGA‟s are usually coloured in a single colour either red or green, but those who
want something a little more “exciting” Grimshaw Sports can offer almost any colour
a client wishes, including vibrant blues and yellows.

Polymeric Rubber Surfaces
These are formed by laying a layer of "macadam" formed by mixing black rubber
granules with a polyurethane binder. This material is laid in a layer usually 10mm
thick using specialist equipment over a standard porous macadam base. The
resultant cushioned surface is not only porous but provides great play characteristics.
Financial constraints may call for the surface to remain black with the various playing
lines painted on it. However spraying the surface with a coloured textured resin not
only provides a more attractive surface, it enhances underfoot traction particularly in
damp conditions, and makes the contrast of playing lines more distinct. A further
option is for the actual surface to be coloured at the point of manufacture.

Artificial Grass & Carpet
The standard porous macadam courts are the “foundation” on which both artificial
grass and carpet surfaces are laid.
Artificial grass MUGA's have carpets manufactured to resemble a good quality
natural turf. They usually comprise of polypropylene or polyethylene fibres shaped
similar to blades of grass, tufted into a heavy-duty backing sheet.
Carpet MUGA's are constructed in the same way as artificial grass courts and have
very similar play characteristics. The main difference is that no pretence is made to
make the carpet look like grass.
The choice of artificial grass or carpet or type of each is dependent on the games to
be played on the finished surface. For example football is best with a long pile "3G"
carpet part filled with sand and topped with loose rubber crumb. Whereas MUGAs
with tennis included in its intended uses, would be better with a sand-filled carpet
surface. The games selection and range to be played on a MUGA will dictate as to
whether or not some form of shock pad is needed.
With decades of experience, Grimshaw Sports are well placed to offer advice as to
the most appropriate surface for the intended use.

Whilst not generally regarded as a sports surface a lightly textured reinforced
concrete surface may be suitable for MUGAs where skate boards may be used, in
conjunction with a stand alone MUGA goal unit

Surrounds & Gates
These form an integral part of any MUGA and it is the style and appearance of the
surround, often makes a vast difference as to how it “fits” within its surroundings.
MUGA surrounds have to be exceedingly robust to cater for sports such as five-a-
side in which rebound from the sides is a part of the play.
For MUGAs with access by the general public, loose goals that have to be moved
into place for each different game are generally impractical; therefore five-a-side
goals, basketball goals and cricket wickets need to be built into the surround. The
height of the surround needs to be taken into account and adjusted to suit the
potential risks of a ball going over the top. The size and location of access points
needs careful consideration to prevent as far as possible access for unsuitable use
such as mini-motorcycles.
To cater for the arduous use of most MUGAs, the steelwork and gates are usually
both galvanised and coated for double protection. In most cases the coating is either
dark green or black, but almost any standard RAL colour can be provided to order.
For example a strong contrasting colour on the gates can be incorporated for the
benefit of any partially sighted persons.
At Grimshaw Sports with our own in-house CAD design and steel fabrication
facilities, there is no limit to our imagination or ability to engineer and produce a
surround to meet a one-off application or customer‟s particular requirements.

Flood Lighting
Floodlighting a MUGA will radically increase its use and availability to hire out
commercially to clubs and increase revenue. However it is often “emotive” with local
residents when Planning Applications are considered. Therefore each floodlighting
scheme must be designed for the specific needs of each and every site.
The size and scale of the floodlighting will depend on the intended games to be
played after dark. However where MUGAs are built in public parks and open spaces,
the installation of even low level street lighting will provide enough light for kids to
have some knock-about fun with a ball in the winter hours of darkness after school. In
some installations low level street lighting is often considered to be a safety feature.
Using the very latest in lighting components, Grimshaw Sports lighting schemes are
designed to minimise light spillage and comply with requirements of The British
Astronomical Association‟s – Campaign for Dark Skies


WDC are grateful for the images and information provided by Peter Grimshaw of the
Grimshaw Group at Cheltenham, For other SEG or MUGA
contractors visit


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