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26 January 2024

As a B-Corp company, we are more than just your standard sports pitch provider, we pride ourselves on our contributions to charity and community projects. Right now, we have a 5-a-side pitch on it’s way to Kick4Life in Lesotho, Southern Africa, and we have just completed another community project in Sligo, Ireland.

St. Cecilia’s school in Sligo, Ireland, approached us to help them with their new outdoor path. When learning that the new path would be a vital element to make the school more accessible for all of its students, we got our thinking caps on and started pulling together all of our resources to make it happen.

St. Cecilias School is a school that caters to students with both moderate and severe, profound learning disabilities. The school is placed on a historical site behind Cregg House that is not permitted to be built on. Previously, the path was very rough and rocky, meaning it was not accessible for wheelchair users at the school, ultimately stopping them from accessing certain surrounding areas and activities. As well as not being an accessible surface, the visual deterioration of the path was having an effect on the appeal of the natural surroundings.

After visiting the site and seeing that the new path will allow students to use the surroundings as an outdoor learning space to explore science, geography, and history, it was essential that we got the project started as soon as possible. Our site visit concluded that we would need to supply 400m2 of artificial turf to resurface the path.

Environment is another pillar of the B-Corp assessment, so any opportunity to re-use artificial turf is taken. In this projects case, we had the opportunity to repurpose a carpet that was manufactured for another client, but was no longer surplus to requirements.

The initial works kicked off with thanks to CJH Construction, who kindly completed the base works free of charge. Once the foundations were in place, our experts at SIS Ireland then installed the turf, completing the new look path.

Machinery breaking up ground.

The new path now provides the school with access to their natural woodland area, allowing all students to take part in outdoor activities with their peers, which would not have been possible without the new surface.

“As a B-Corp company, we at SIS take our responsibilities seriously in providing not just sports surfaces, which is our core business, but in giving back to communities and staff at St. Celicia’s and students, which was the perfect choice. The new facility will enhance the lives of everyone at the school, and we were delighted to work with the school.” George Mullan, CEO of SIS Group.

We’d like to wish a massive thanks to CJH Construction for their time and excellent base works, and our team of installers for the passion they have put into delivering this new and improved surface.