Kick recently inaugurated a new turfed rink football ground at Priyardarshini Park. Anindra Siqueira gives you his first impression of the space
Located within Priyadarshini Park on Nepean Sea Road, Priyadarshini Futsal Kick (as it is officially called) is adjacent to the sea, which makes it the perfect place for a good photo session with your team with a great view in the background. But, that’s not the only stellar feature of this turf ground.
I’m told that the turf has been laid over a foundation of earth — it isn’t like the mat turfs you will find on the roof of a mall — and the material itself is European turf (unlike the Chinese variety that is generally laid out). Both these factors contribute to a more shock-absorbing effect, which makes playing here lighter on your knees. European turf is much softer and contains more artificial black gravel, ensuring that you don’t scrape yourself if you decide to go in Sol Campbell style — remember his sliding tackle that went on and on?
The problem with playing on turf is that you usually experience a reduced grip, making it difficult to perform on. Now, I didn’t put on a pair of boots and try it out myself, so I can’t comment on the downforce, or lack thereof. And, unfortunately, they won’t allow football studs on this turf, so leave your ’80s-style boots at home. However, they will allow shoes that have rubberised cleat soles or the more popular, flat-sole turf shoes. They even let you rent a pair of Adidas flat sole turf shoes at `150 an hour if you don’t already own a pair.
Although the ground seems small (in terms of length, at least), it can easily handle five-a-side games, and you’re even allowed to cram 12 players on to the field. If you’re thinking of Kick at Powai in terms of the facilities that are offered, you’ll be a bit disappointed at Priyadarshani Park. They don’t provide refreshments here yet, but are in the process of getting that set up. What’s interesting is that they’re also planning to put up a viewing gallery on the outside, which will have a glorious view of the ongoing matches and the untamed sea.
Even though it seems small, the scenic location and type of turf warrant at least one visit. A niggling knee injury kept me from getting on the field myself, but I plan on trying it out very soon.
Where Priyadarshini Futsal Kick, Priyadarshini Park, Nepean Sea Road
Contact 9619181459/ www.kickforall.com, to book your slot