Natural Rugby Pitch Construction | Kestrel Contractors

Natural Rugby Pitch Construction


Kestrel Contractors are one of the leading natural rugby pitch construction and renovation experts in the UK, carrying out rugby turf installations and drainage throughout England, Scotland & Wales.

We have an impressive CV of professional rugby clubs, schools and amateur sports clubs, we also work with local authorities many who have been clients for over fifteen years.

The majority of our work is carried out for grass root amateur rugby clubs often funded through the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sport England.

Rugby played on natural grass is probably the most difficult to sustain grass cover on throughout the playing season. Scrums in particular, tear up the grass & soil leaving the surface unstable. What works in football scenarios does not necessary apply in rugby, both union & league. An in-depth understanding of the playing surface design, construction and maintenance is vital, which is why we have a team of highly trained professionals to help you get the most out of your turf.


Kestrel offer specialist services, from a design evaluation, to carry out site investigations to determine ground conditions and site surveys to quantify the volume of earthworks required. This is carried right through to choosing the right grass seed mixture and cultivars for the particular environment the field is situated in.

At the point of your enquiry or site visit, we look to understand not just your budgets or objectives but seek to offer sustainable solutions to ensure the pitch surfaces continue to function over the years. We will advise you on the best way to maintain your natural rugby pitch so you can keep it at a high standard all year round.

We aim to build long standing relationships and for customers to come back to us because we’ve delivered ongoing.
From the estimator visiting your site to discuss your requirements through to the maintenance team responsible for the grass sward quality at handover, you can be assured we are ‘on-side’ and playing as a team.


Initial site survey
Produce drawings, specifications and cost estimates
Ground Stabilisation
Drainage including secondary drainage
Undersoil Heating
Pitch construction builds up aggregate including stone carpets & root zones
Popup automatic Irrigation systems
Laser grading machines for surface perfection
Topsoil management including fibresand & fibrelastic rootzones
Seeding or turfing & grow in maintenance
Big Roll Turf – lay and play
Maintenance advice post contract.


Koro Field Top Makers – to reduce thatch levels and introduce desirable hard wearing grasses
Verti drainer & Groundbreakers – for de-compacting surfaces
Eco dresser – recycling topsoil, top dressing, relieve compaction, aeration
Sand amelioration – to improve the soil structure
Hollow tining – to promote root growth
Top dressing – to improve surface levels
Overseeding – for reinstatement of thin swards
Fertilising – promoting vigorous growth
Gypsum application –preventing or reducing clay shrinkage
Secondary drainage – sand slits, sand bands, koro top drains, sand grooves

We carry out renovations for many clients year on year who rely on Kestrel for ensuring the playing surfaces are going to be in optimum condition to withstand the wear and tear of the oncoming rugby season.

We understand the challenges of grass roots rugby club in relation to the minimal budgets available generally and seek to ensure we deliver best value.

Kestrel are driven by a desire to deliver excellence. We have a top to bottom understanding of the natural rugby pitch construction and renovation market and continually look to innovate sustainable and affordable solutions to the benefit of the end user.

Follow our blogs to keep abreast of our view on the world of sports turf

Dudley Wood, English RFU secretary
‘The relationship between Welsh & English is based on trust and understanding. They don’t trust us and we don’t understand them’

Joe Theismann, American Football player
‘Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.’

Natural Rugby Pitch Construction Case Studies

Exeter Rugby Club

Natural and synthetic training pitch construction

Basingstoke RFC

Natural rugby pitch construction with automated irrigation and training area

Orford Park Community Sport Hub

4 natural grass rugby and football pitches

Farhham Rugby Club

Natural pitch construction

Surrey Sports Park

Kestrel Pitch in at Women's Rugby World Cup

Millenium Stadium Re-Turfing

Natural turf pitch laying

Our Team of Experts will be delighted to talk to you so give us a call on: 01256 880 488 or drop us a line at: [email protected]

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