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Devon president officially opens new RFU artificial pitch at Ivybridge

02 Sep 2018 13:09 | Sara Raine

DEVON president Treve Mitchell officially opened the RFU’s new artificial grass pitch at Ivybridge on Saturday.

The RFU have been installing AGP pitches around the country as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy and the one at Ivybridge is the first in Devon or Cornwall.

The major driver for installing artificial pitches is to sustain and grow participation in the game against a backdrop of adverse weather conditions and increasing pressure on natural turf pitches. 

RFU data has shown that wetter winters are having a serious impact on the rugby season, resulting in more games and training sessions being cancelled.

The pitch at Ivybridge will be run by the RFU and all clubs and schools can book to use it. Full details on booking it can be found HERE.

As host club, Ivybridge are entitled to 12 hours use for training and matches. They played their first league match on it on Saturday against Camborne and won 29-24.