multi-use games areas

Find out more about MUGA sports surfaces, fencing and goal end extensions
a muga pitch

open up your games field for all-weather play...

Children want to play team games; football, tennis, basketball, and netball all year round. However traditional school sports fields require a lot of upkeep and are often unusable during the muddiest seasons.

This is where Multi Use Games Areas can help! From as little as 10K you can transform an area into a MUGA pitch creating a safe, all-weather space for multiple sports and game play whatever the time of year.


Take a look at the new MUGA pitch we installed at Wellington Prep!
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the dbd way

We understand playgrounds at dbdplay. Over the years, we've loved working with schools and nurseries to create imaginative, practical, and fun spaces to play and learn. 

Our expert designers work with each school to come to the right solution within your budget. We've promised to never cut corners, so you can always trust that our installations will be of high quality and fit for purpose.  We even have our own build teams to ensure that everyone who visits your school site is knowledgeable and trustworthy.

what our customers say

We just wanted to thank you for our fabulous new play surface! We love it and cannot wait to see the children's reactions this morning. Wow! So exciting.

Batheaston Primary School

the benefits of muga sports pitches

Multi-use games areas can have far-reaching positive effects on your school and pupils. Just some of the benefits of muga construction include:

  • Lower maintenance costs (so it often works out as more cost effective than grassy fields)
  • The option of shock pads under your play grass for extra absorbency
  • Permanent markings for many different sports and games
  • The opportunity to enjoy a variety of games all year around due to the synthetic turf surfacing
  • May be an effective use of PE and sport premium funding
  • The perfect way to transform little-used outdoor spaces.


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durable, safe play surfaces

Our sports surfacing provides extra grip for running feet and is much more forgiving on trips and falls than tarmac. This makes our Muga Surfaces perfect for a range of sports and games.

Because we install high quality surfacing on an appropriate base, we are able to offer a 10-year guarantee on all active sports surfaces.

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muga fencing and goal end stations

Effective fencing can help to contain games within your MUGA pitch, as well as preventing balls from spinning off into the trees or neighbouring fields!

dbd provides hard wearing fencing and gate solutions in either rigid sports mesh or timber, allowing spectators to keep an eye on games from a safe distance.

We also have a wide range of metal and timber recessed goal end stations to suit your needs.

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book a call today for a free chat about your playground

Tell us your ideas and goals and we'll come up with some exciting initial ideas within your budget. 

If you're happy to proceed, we can often organise a site visit in as little as 1 week!

what to expect from us

The dbd experience starts with an initial discussion to clearly understand your aims for your new playground. Following this, we'll arrange a site visit to get an accurate picture of your outside space.


Within 2-3 weeks, our expert designers will create a proposal for your dream playground. This includes a 3D design and a detailed breakdown of each cost.  We will consult with you on this until you are 100% happy with the proposal.

The next step is handing things over to our operations team! They'll ensure all the right materials for your playground are in stock and ready to go.

Then, our installation crew will visit your school at a time which suits you to start the build. All of our installers are DBS checked and experienced in working around the school day.

What is a Multi-Use Games Area?

A multi-use games area (or MUGA) is a versatile designated playground space that can be used for a wide range of different sports, games and fun. It is the perfect space to enjoy team sports such as (but not limited to!) football, hockey, and netball all year round.

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What are the benefits of a Multi-Use Games Area?
  • MUGAs are all-weather; the surface is porous and if installed correctly will not flood. They aren’t impacted by constant foot traffic through play enabling the children to play their favourite sports all year round.
  • MUGAs are also low maintenance, as they are constructed using an artificial surface which does not need constant mowing or watering – saving the school money which can be used elsewhere.
  • Speaking of saving money, a MUGA can also be hired out to the wider community (such as local football teams and clubs) during school holidays and evenings, creating an income stream for your school.
  • A dedicated sporting area unrestricted by the temperamental British weather is also a fantastic opportunity to help develop a child's physical fitness and fight childhood obesity - as well as improve their social and cooperation skills.
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What does a Multi-Use Games Area include?

That depends entirely on what you need, and we will ensure that we discuss all the options with you. However, each of our MUGAs is a bespoke design specific to your requirements and educational needs. For example, do you need 2m high barrier fencing or will spectator height be more appropriate? Would you like Goal End Stations with Basketball Hoops and line markings – there are many available options we can discuss.

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What is the cost?

The price of a MUGA can vary, depending on your specific requirements. Size and fencing obviously has a significant bearing on cost.

However, they can start from as little as £10,000 and can transform your school by providing a dedicated space for games. If you need help with funding or want to enquire about this option, please bring this up in your first call, or read our detailed blog post.

What is included in the free consultation service?

Once you have booked your call we will discuss your initial requirements and budget. We will then book in a site meeting with our playground consultant so they can explore your needs in more detail, take site measurements and then start the design of your MUGA. The proposal will include a full cost breakdown and a 3D design visualisation, so you know exactly what to expect.

Do you provide a maintenance service?

We do complete Maintenance Checks for a number of our customers, but if you would like to do this yourself you will receive a Care Guide with Maintenance Checks with advice and tips to keep your MUGA in its absolute best condition. But should you need us, we’re only a phone call away on 01249 470100.

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Are there any risks/is it safe for the children?

All our MUGAs are designed with your children’s safety in mind and conform to BS EN 1176-7 the Playground Safety Standard.

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Who will be building it?

We predominantly use our own employed playground installation teams or a small number of pre-approved sub-contractors who work with us on a regular basis. All our installers are fully trained and have completed an Enhanced DBS check. We know how important it is to know exactly who is on your school site and all our installers share our passion for creating fabulous playground spaces.

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How long will it take to build?

As with all bespoke projects, this can vary from MUGA to MUGA. We’re happy to work around term time or work within a designated area while school is on – it's completely up to you and what you’re comfortable with. Together, we’ll build a timeframe that works for both parties.

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What Covid-19 procedures do you have in place?

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives and keeping our employers and customers safe is of upmost importance. We have completed Office, Site and Warehouse Risk Assessments and implemented working procedures to manage and minimise risk. These include our installers working in small cohorts to limit the risk of infection and all our customer meetings are conducted outside, socially distant and including face coverings. We are more than happy to comply with any school-specific requirements you may have, and a copy of our policies are available on request.


Thank you, your team were amazing and have done an excellent job.

Please can you pass on my 'thank you' to the team.

Again, dbdplay have been a pleasure to work with.

Frogwell Primary School


The team at dbdplay did a fantastic job transforming our play area at the heart of the school. They managed a complicated build during term time and we are grateful for the finished product.

The only issue we have now is getting the children and families to leave at the end of the day :)

May Park Primary School


Everyday access to learning and recreation can present many challenges to those with a complex physical disability. It was really important to us to find a partner that listened and truly understood the outcomes we were looking for when planning our outdoor learning centre and dbdplay did exactly that.

Treloar School