Eltham North FIFA Pitch - Tuff Group, Australia’s leading FIFA Certified commercial sports turf & synthetic grass specialists.
Eltham North FIFA Pitch - Tuff Group, Australia’s leading FIFA Certified commercial sports turf & synthetic grass specialists.
Commercial - Eltham North, Victoria.
Project Details:
Design and construction of a FIFA certified Synthetic Turf Football Pitch.

An opportunity to be environmentally sustainable and build for the community's future.

The resurfacing of the Eltham North FIFA Pitch, home of the Eltham Redbacks FC, is a perfect example of the opportunities to be environmentally sustainable when uplifting aged fields.

The Tuff Group team collaborated and consulted with the client, Nillumbik Shire Council, in the feasibility phase of the project to ensure the proposed scope would achieve the desired outcome for the club and community.

The existing field, after eleven years of service, had reached the end of its functional life and no longer passed FIFA Quality requirements.

In evaluating the surface, Tuff Group proposed to uplift and remove the existing synthetic grass and shockpad, and to remediate the existing base using only site-won material.

After the field was uplifted, the remediation process was undertaken. The field was surveyed and evaluated by our in-house design team, who created a 3D “TIN” model designed to bring the surface back within FIFA tolerances, if possible, without importing any additional material. Careful and considered design resulted in this goal being achieved.

The existing base was then re-shaped and re-graded by our in-house civil team using UTS-guided machinery, utilising the 3D model created by the design team. This posed some challenges in that some of the existing infrastructure directly surrounding the pitch had become dilapidated over time and had fallen away in height.

After evaluating this with the client, it was decided to re-build small sections of the spoon drain to ensure that stormwater continued to be effectively managed.

Following the successful completion of the base works, the FIFA Quality Vmax50 synthetic surfacing system was installed on the project. Tuff Group installed this surface because it meets the demands of an elite, professional surface, with multidimensional synthetic grass fibres that provide a durable, high-performance surface that resists folding and flattening.

After being played on for four weeks, the field was tested and certified to FIFA Quality standards by a certified, independent testing agent. This field will continue to perform for the community for at least the next ten years.


"Careful and considered design remediated the surface using only site won material."

Emily Honey-Kolacz
Project Designer
Tuff Group


VMAX50 - Synthetic Turf

Australia's leading outdoor synthetic turf and sports experts in installation, construction and maintenance of fields, education playgrounds and landscape backyards.

50mm Pile Height

VMAX50 Synthetic Turf was developed here in Melbourne, after significant collaboration with end users such as football clubs and education facilities to create the perfect football or multipurpose surface. This system utilises a dual-yarn composition that minimises infill splash whilst ensuring the playing surface is consistent, durable, and of elite quality no matter the circumstance.

VMAX50 is both FIFA and AFL/CA certified, and like all our surfaces, is manufactured and installed under strict ISO9001 Quality guidelines and procedures. This system can be used with recycled infill, increasing the environmental credentials of a facility. Feedback from previous clients underlines this system’s quality and performance as an asset to clubs and facilities alike.