What is a MUGA Playground?

6 February 2023

Even if you have never heard of the term MUGA playground, we can guarantee that you will have used one at some point during your lifetime. Standing for Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), this type of surface has been used in playgrounds, schools, and sports facilities for a number of years.

If you have heard of a MUGA playground but you are not sure what the term means and how it can be beneficial for those who use that type of play surface, we are here to help. We will give you an overview of what a MUGA play surface is and the benefits of playing on one.

MUGA Playsurfaces

Used in the thousands nationwide, these play surfaces have been in use for sports and schools for over 25 years. There are 8 types of MUGA surfaces categorized as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 5c, and 3G. If you have played any form of outdoor sport either at school or recreationally, you will have played on one of these categories of MUGA playgrounds.

MUGA play surfaces are popular due to the surfaces being all-weather for all sports, meaning they are safer than most other sports play surfaces. This also means that they are suitable to be used for any sport all year round, perfect for schools to be able to do outdoor sports lessons.

Installation of a MUGA play surface does not take an excessive length of time to complete, we recommend that you use a licensed and experienced installer. This will ensure that you get the best possible quality for the amount you are paying. If you provide the installer with the time frame to install when placing the booking, they will be able to advise before beginning the project if this will be possible.

Benefits of a MUGA Playground

As mentioned above, the MUGA play surface is all-weather, so can be used all year round for whichever sport you wish to play. There is a large range of sports and activities that can be completed on this type of play surface, making it more cost-effective to use this than alternative surfaces.

Especially if working to a budget for a school or community center, this will be beneficial as you will need to have less play surface installed than sports available. There will also be fewer maintenance costs involved to keep your play surface in the best possible condition. If you are maintaining one all-weather multi-sport surface, this will be cheaper than maintaining several individual sports areas.

There are multiple types of MUGA play surfaces available to install, so it is best to discuss this with your installer before beginning the project. You can find out more information about the types of surfaces available on our website, which may help you to decide which you need based on the surface type or sports that can be played on that surface.

If you need further information or advice about the type of play surface that should be installed, please contact us for more information and advice.

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