Sports Pitch Design & Construction


“Great Harwood Rovers Football Club (GHRFC) was founded in 1975. We are located in NE Lancashire between Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington. We are an FA Community Club and were Charter Standard founder members in 2001. We currently have 29 teams of boys, girls and adults aged from 5 to 40 plus.

In December 2017 we signed a 25-year lease (including an option for a further 25) for Heymoor Farm playing fields, which meant we became the custodian of 4 purpose-built football pitches and a fantastic new headquarters that includes changing facilities, a coach education suite and a host of other amenities. The playing field is located on the Great Harwood Show site (see Google Earth) on the edge of our town in very picturesque surroundings.

The location is great and the pavilion that is under construction will be first class, but ultimately, we are most please by the quality of our 4 football pitches. We have pitches that accommodate 5, 7, 9 and 11 a side formats. The pitches were constructed by Turfdry Ltd who were appointed by the Developer who managed this element of a much bigger local project. There were some real challenges facing Turfdry including our notoriously wet local weather and the layout of the site.

To say we are delighted with the results of their labours is an understatement. The rain at times is relentless, but in 10 months on site to date we have had no postponed games. Every team that visits comments on the fact that we have professional standard pitches and cannot believe how lucky we are. We also have a couple of former Premier League players in our ranks who frequently eulogise about the pitches, saying they are as good as anything they have seen.

The pitches laid by Turfdry which incorporate the Hydraway system have certainly exceeded our expectations. They are firm and a matter of hours after a deluge you would hardly know there had been any rain that day. We as a Club will ensure that we follow the maintenance schedules outlined by Turfdry and the FA, we know how lucky we are and will invest in our fantastic pitches in the long term.

On behalf of Great Harwood Rovers and our members thank you Melvyn and the Turfdry Team.”

Mark Pickup - Trustee, Great Harwood Rovers FC


Stonyhurst Meteorological Office Station lies only seven miles from the site of Great Harwood Rovers’ pitches, and therefore provides very accurate records of precipitation in the area. Over the period 1981-2010, the average annual rainfall there was 1294mm: 46% greater than the UK average of 885mm, and 120% greater than the London average of 584mm.

We are tremendously proud of all the positive feedback we receive from clients, but are always particularly pleased to add to almost 25 years of evidence to the exceptional performance of Hydraway Sportsdrain - even in the face of the most challenging rainfall conditions.

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“This is a superb new sports facility for Great Harwood.”

Miles Parkinson - Hyndburn Borough Council Leader


Project Summary

Services Provided by Turfdry

  • Site Survey
  • Pitch Design
  • Pitch & Construction
  • Drainage Design & Installation
  • Sand Amelioration
  • Turfing


Great Harwood Rovers FC



Great Harwood Rovers FC
Harwood New Road
Great Harwood