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Kent FA joins forces with Sports Labs to further support Kent’s football facilities

We are delighted to have signed a partnership with 3G testing company Sports Labs to increase the standards of 3G pitches across the county.

Kent FA is thrilled to announce an innovative and dynamic new partnership with 3G testing company Sports Labs. This collaboration signifies the County FA's commitment and dedication to elevating the standards of 3G pitches across Kent. 

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Since 1998, Sports Labs has been an independent sports technology test house for lab-based and field testing in sports with accreditations to certify sports surfaces or technology to national and international standards. 

But what does this mean for Kent? 

Aidan Ainsley, Facilities and Investment Lead at Kent FA explains, "All 3G football pitches must be listed on The FA 3G Pitch Register and be tested to the required performance standard either every three years or annually depending on the level of football the pitch is servicing. Sports Labs are a leading 3G pitch test house and as part of this exciting new collaboration, they will provide annual site testing at discounted rates, year-round support, and expertise regarding testing and certification to all Kent 3G pitch sites. On top of this, Sports Labs will provide an annual webinar to support facility providers with the testing and certification process. We are truly excited about this partnership to ensure 3G pitches across our county are safe and good quality environments for football while providing vital cost savings for the facility providers."

Michael Gillespie comments, “Sports Labs is delighted to have partnered with Kent FA. We are thoroughly looking forward to a positive working relationship over the coming years as our core company values, stated in Kent FA’s mission statement, to be “Ahead of the Game” is at the forefront of our partnership. Being a leader in the industry ourselves, we are eager to develop and grow along this journey as we both work towards promoting football in the Kent region.”

Together, this partnership signifies a milestone in our mission to develop pitches across Kent by supporting facility providers to deliver excellent standards of pitches that are durable and safe for all those who use them. 

Stay tuned as we combine expertise and passion to elevate the landscape of 3G pitches. 

To learn how your facility can benefit, contact Aidan Ainsley, Facilities and Investment Lead, at