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NEWS: New hybrid pitch to be installed at Ryton Training Ground

22 April 2022

A new hybrid pitch will be installed at Coventry City’s Ryton Training Ground this Summer.

A significant 6-figure investment is being made by the Club into the Sky Blues pitches at the Sky Blue Lodge.

The main pitch at Ryton and the adjacent training area will under the huge renovation which will see the Mixto hybrid surface installed, working with local company idverde, who are the sole supplier of Mixto.

Mixto is a reinforced natural hybrid surface, specifically designed to serve a variety of needs for sports surfaces. It consists of a synthetic and a natural grass component, where the artificial matrix is perfectly designed to better promote the initial germination, growth and development of the natural grass. 

Mixto’s composite system creates the right conditions for perfect oxygenation, the permeability of the surface layer and an ideal air-water-soil balance, whilst also preventing the formation of muddy areas or waterlogging. Mixto also provides stability, permeability, and maximum safety for players.

The installation of the new pitch will also include new extensive drainage and new pop-up sprinklers.

The Mixto system is used elsewhere in the UK at training grounds in the Premier League and Championship, including Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers, and internationally at both Milan clubs and Real Madrid.

The system has the capability to be moved if required, allowing for the pitch to be installed at another training site if the Sky Blues choose to develop a new training ground.

The Club’s second pitch at Ryton will also undergo a renovation in the Summer.

Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy said:

“We are delighted to confirm our plans for the new pitch at Ryton.

“The installation of the new Mixto reinforced natural hybrid surface will considerably improve the quality of training surface at our training ground. This is vital, as what fans see on a matchday directly relates to the hard work put in at Ryton, and installing this new surface will considerably aid the Manager, his staff and the players.”

Manager Mark Robins added:

“I am very pleased with the plans for our new hybrid pitch at Ryton.

“Our training ground is where we put in our preparation and work, and the improvement in the pitch quality at Ryton will help to support this work hugely.

“We have identified this as an area to be improved, and I’m delighted we are able to move forward in this area with a significant investment.”


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