With limited green open spaces and declining public sporting facilities in many overcrowded urban and city areas, maximising the use of these valuable areas is paramount to ensuring local engagement and to maximising their sporting potential.
A Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) is a versatile sports facility that allows for the playing of multiple sports and activities in a single enclosed area. It typically consists of a fenced-in space with markings and equipment for various sports such as football, basketball, tennis, netball, hockey, athletics and more. Check out your local secondary school playing field to see just how cleverly and innovatively some of these areas have become demarcated in recent years in a bid to widen their use and appeal.
Fenced off – consider your options
When it comes to MUGA fencing, there are a few key considerations to ensure the facility is well-defined and secure:
Height and weight
Choose a fencing material that is durable, weather-resistant, and provides adequate visibility; the better the quality the longer it will last. The height of the fence should be determined based on the sports being played and any specific regulations in the local area.
Install gates at suitable locations for easy access to the MUGA. Consider the size and number of gates based on the expected foot traffic, including players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
Ensure the fencing is designed to minimise the risk of injury to players. This includes avoiding sharp edges or protruding parts. Additionally, consider security measures such as locks, wardens or CCTV surveillance systems to protect the facility when it’s not in use.
Clearly mark the playing areas for the different sports. This will help players and officials understand the boundaries and avoid conflicts. If the MUGA is large enough to accommodate multiple sports simultaneously, consider using dividers or nets to separate playing areas.
To maximise the space and provide an optimal experience for local sports teams and players, here are some additional tips for gym operators, sports companies, and municipal operators:
Design the MUGA in a way that allows for easy adaptation between different sports. This could involve movable goals, adjustable net heights, or removable court lines. Flexibility ensures that the facility can cater to a wide range of sports and accommodate changing needs.
Regularly inspect and maintain the MUGA to ensure it remains in good condition. Repair any damages to the fencing, replace worn-out equipment, and keep the playing surface clean and well-maintained.
Implement a system for scheduling games to avoid conflicts and ensure fair access for all interested parties. This can be done through an online booking platform, a designated administrator, or a combination of both.
Promote the MUGA to local sports teams, clubs, schools, and community groups. Encourage them to use the facility and participate in organised events or local leagues. Collaborate with local sports organisations to organise tournaments, coaching sessions, or community events.
Ensure the MUGA is accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes providing ramps, appropriate gate widths, and accessible parking spaces. Always consult with accessibility experts to ensure compliance with the latest standards and regulations.
There are recommended MUGA fencing heights and anti-climb measures for parks aim to enhance user safety and security. While local regulations may vary, the following are general recommendations:
The recommended minimum height for MUGA fencing is typically around 3 meters (10 feet). However, the specific sports being played may require taller fences. Consult sport’s governing bodies for net guidelines, especially for golf ranges, cricket nets and basketball courts.
Choose a mesh for the fence that prevents fingers and toes from getting trapped. A smaller mesh size can deter climbing and ensure the safety of users, especially children.
Topping and anti-climb measures
Consider adding additional measures to prevent climbing, such as: topping the fence with a deterrent, such as anti-climb paint, pointed or curved extensions, or a security topper. Use a mesh or material that is difficult to grip or climb and ensure there are no footholds or horizontal bars that can aid climbing.
Install gates with self-closing mechanisms and locks to prevent unauthorised access. Consider access control systems, such as keypads or card readers, for controlled entry. CCTV cameras are a great deterrent against unauthorised use and vandalism and are very easy to set up, please speak to our experts for more advice on this front.
When implementing MUGA fencing, it’s essential to comply with local regulations, consult with secure fencing experts, and consider the specific needs and safety requirements of the facility and its users.