Football…some of us love it, some of us hate it, some like to watch, some like to play and some do both. But if you do enjoy a good kick around, then maybe you have headed down to one of Torbay’s playing pitches, but ever wondered how the pitches got marked?
Well then, you’ve come to the right blog…so read on to learn how those white lines get there…and its not because the grass grows that way 😛
Meet Dave and Mick, both these lovely guys work for the parks and open spaces team and as part of their role they head out to various pitches and running tracks across Torbay to mark them out….
Its an 8am start for Dave and Mick and there first task of the day (and what brings us to this blog) is marking out the two football pitches on White Rock Playing field. Once they arrived all the equipment is off loaded and their machines are filled with white paint….then they’re ready to go!
Dave’s first task is to go round the edges the pitch and mow the grass where the white lines need to go. The grass has to be cut before marking the lines so that they do not get smudged and also so they can see where they need to mark, which usually helps 😛
Whilst Dave is getting the grass cut Mick walks around to see if any of the previous lines are still visible, if they are then the guys will be able to paint over the top. However, because of the weather we’ve had, some of the lines have been slowly washed away in the rain, but don’t worry that won’t stop them, there are more tricks up their sleeves.
Working from different ends of the pitch the duo mark out the white lines on the perimeter. You may be wondering how they manage to get the lines so straight when the old ones have washed away, well to achieve that they use a nifty little trick with some string….
Standing either end of the pitch they pull a piece of string tightly across where the line needs to be, this ensure they are marking in the correct place but also that the line will be straight.
Once the edges and corners have been marked out they meet in the middle to get the inside of the pitch marked out. First off a tape measure is used to see how far up the pitch the lines need to be, it is all about being precise.
Then comes a bit of tricky work, the circle!! Remember the string? Well it comes into use once more, the distance is marked out then whilst Dave does the marking, Mick holds the string in front so the circle is finished just right!
After that they are all finished, it is time to pack the truck back up and it is onto the next job of the day…
To see the pitch marking duo in action have a watch of our video above 🙂
Now next time you enjoy a game of footy, you know how those white lines got there 😛