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10 January 2003The Football Association is working closely with the sports facility industry to improve the safety of goalposts and to prevent accidents.
23 December 2002New research work is being carried out by Cranfield Centre for Sports Surfaces (CCSS) into the widespread problem of dry patch on golf fairways.
21 December 2002Leading materials supplier Aggregate Industries UK Ltd will be the official sponsor of SAPCA's Fifth Annual Conference for Members, to be held on 26-27 March 2003.
20 December 2002The Queen's Club in London, home of the Stella Artois tennis tournament and the Lawn Tennis Association, has just erected a Bridome airhall to cover two of its clay tennis courts.
17 December 2002Stadia Sports International Ltd has announced that it is the first to hit the marketplace in 2003 with the issue of its new sports and athletics catalogues.
17 December 2002Sports Labs MD Eric O’Donnell was a key speaker at the recent New Opportunities for PE and Sport Seminar held at Brecon in Wales on 4 December.
12 December 2002SAPCA continues to strengthen its links with the industry internationally, having attended and contributed this week to the annual Technical Meeting of the USTC&TBA.
07 December 2002SAPCA's last Sports Facility Construction event of 2002, held at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey on 26 November, attracted a record-breaking audience.
03 December 2002The ERDC Group has announced a significant move into rugby through an involvement with the Rugby Football Union, the RFU.
02 December 2002Charles Lawrence has made a move to extend the capability of its new Maintenance operation.
14 November 2002Blakedown Sport and Play Ltd is currently constructing a full-size hockey pitch for Wakefield Hockey Club.
14 November 2002The seventeenth Commonwealth Games are long over: the last champagne cork has been popped, the tears of joy or disappointment dried, the last lap of honour a distant memory.
14 November 2002Mark Cox, LTA Coach and former British Number One tennis player, recently opened the nine new floodlit tennis courts at Sutton Tennis and Squash Club in Surrey. Mark described the six new porous cushioned acrylic courts in glowing terms: "Porous Kushion Kourt is an excellent surface for developing the games of junior and experienced players alike." Sutton is one of eighteen UK clubs to have selected Porous Kushion Kourt and over 140 courts have now been installed since the product's launch. Peter Wellington, Duracourt's MD, is proud of their innovative surface and states that "Porous Kushion Kourt is unique in that it is a truly porous acrylic tennis court surface." One of the highlights of the opening was a demonstration doubles match played on the new court surface.
08 November 2002Norwich City Football Club has recently opened a new "state of the art" indoor training pitch at its Colney training ground. The Academy Director, Sammy Morgan, the ex-Aston Villa and Northern Ireland player, was instrumental in the selection of FieldTurf for this facility.
08 November 2002Virgin Active's latest "V Tennis" complex, in Acton, West London, was opened last month by Richard Branson.
08 November 2002Deputy Provost of North Lanarkshire Council, Pat Donnelly, officially re-opened the athletics track at Wishaw Sports Centre, on the morning of 2 November 2002. The original athletics track was installed 1982 and has now been upgraded to a standard suitable for international competition.
31 October 2002Charles Lawrence Surfaces plc has just embarked upon one of the largest single contracts that the Company has won, partnering Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, a member of a consortium (Pinnacle Schools (Fife) Ltd) that won the contract, to complete a major PPP project in Fife. The project, worth just under £1 million to the Company, involves the installation of full-size, synthetic, multi-sport pitches at three schools (two secondary and one primary) and also tennis courts at two of the sites. Charles Lawrence Surfaces has been involved with a number of similar PFI/PPP projects, building a substantial reputation for its offer of combined in-house design, installation and quality control.
28 October 2002Eight-times Paralympic gold medallist Bob Matthews today welcomed the signature of a charity fund-raising agreement between the Sports Play and Contractors' Association (SAPCA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA), which will help to fund the team going to the Athens Games in 2004. "It is so important that organisations like SAPCA back the team", said Matthews at today's signing ceremony in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
25 October 2002An increasing demand for the design, consultancy and testing services provided by Materials Science Consultants Ltd (MSc) and its in-house test laboratory the Centre for Sports Technology (CST), has led the Company to relocate its northern office and laboratory to new, larger premises in Matlock, Derbyshire.
17 October 2002On 24 September 2002, the first Dutch 'Kennis in Tennis Infodag: Kourt Seminar' was organised by Ton de Rooij Tennis BV in cooperation with Sports Surfaces Technologies Ltd.