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14 October 2002As part of the joint efforts of FIFA and UEFA in supporting the development of artificial turf, UEFA has launched its new Artificial Turf Manual, which is designed to set the standards needed for the use of artificial turf at the highest levels of European football. UEFA launched the Artificial Turf Manual at the annual Technical Meeting of the International Association for Sports Surface Sciences (ISSS), which was held on 10-11 October at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
03 October 2002Following a successful event in Scotland, the Sports Facility Construction "roadshow" now moves to south-east England in November, but to a new venue. Scotland With the support of sportscotland, SAPCA's latest exhibition and seminar was held recently at the home of Hibernian FC in Edinburgh, and proved very popular with visitors. Delegates attended the one-day event from across Scotland and northern England, from as far afield as Aberdeen, Ayr, the Western Isles and Sheffield.
26 September 2002Never ones to back away from pressure-packed decisions, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to install a new synthetic grass field at Texas Stadium. The process of removing the existing turf and putting down the synthetic grass surface is already underway and will take just three weeks, so that it will be ready for the Cowboys' second home game, against the New York Giants on 6 October. Cowboys' owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the existing artificial surface in the Stadium will be replaced with one identical to the field being used in the Alamodome during training camp.
22 September 2002Harrod UK Ltd has introduced the Portagoal, a hinged aluminium full-size football goal, which is already proving a success for Ipswich Town FC. The Portagoal, which is designed to meet the needs of all professional football clubs, is made from 102mm x 112mm x 2.5mm thick reinforced aluminium and conforms to the latest BSEN 748 safety standards. The goal is sold complete with two sturdy trolleys each with four 360° swivel wheels (see inset to main picture).
22 September 2002The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) played host last week to the Rt Hon Richard Caborn, Minister of Sport & MP for Sheffield Central, and Mr Jon Bauer, retired Director of Landscape Services, Sheffield City Council and a member of the STRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee. The Minister is strongly focussed on supporting sports at grass roots level and is pursuing policies which will improve sports facilities throughout schools and local communities in the UK. The day consisted of a number of presentations from senior staff within the STRI which described the work of the Institute: Agronomy, Ecology, Sports Facility Construction, Soil Physics and Chemistry, Cultivar Testing and Pesticides and Pathology.
16 September 2002When Stanhope plc, the developers, decided they needed a high performance surface for the 2,000 square metre Performance Area at Chiswick Park, they selected Duracourt for the task. The Chairman of Stanhope, Sir Stuart Lipton, described Chiswick Park, which was designed in conjunction with Richard Rogers Partnership, as "an oasis in suburban west London".
16 September 2002Report on The FA Groundsman of the Year Awards Who are football’s unsung heroes? While footballers and managers reap princely sums for their part in the beautiful game, those silent artists whose work goes unseen behind the scenes in all weathers have been acknowledged by The Football Association and the Institute of Groundsmanship. The IOG has long recognised the achievements of those groundstaff employed by clubs in the Premier and Football League, and last year The FA decided it was time to recognise the unglamorous but vital work done by those who seed, cut and care for what might be called the game’s true grass-roots.
10 September 2002Commonwealth Gold medallist Ellen Alexander, Marketing Co-ordinator for Stadia Sports, was one of the many well-known faces to be seen on the Stadia Stand at the IOG Saltex 2002 exhibition last week.
10 September 2002Cranfield Centre for Sports Surfaces has just been awarded a contract on behalf of the Jockey Club and the Racecourse Association to assess and recommend ways to improve the current methods of watering on racecourses across the country. The project will be funded through a grant allocated by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
05 September 2002After a 14 week refurbishment and upgrade programme by G Thornton (Contracts) Ltd, Yeovil Athletic Arena has been officially re-opened by former 5K world record holder David Moorcroft OBE.
28 August 2002The Blakedown Group has announced plans to launch a new company – Blakedown Sport and Play Ltd – on 1 September 2002. Operating in the construction of sports facilities, Blakedown Sport and Play is currently a specialist division of Blakedown’s Landscaping companies and has enjoyed remarkable success over the last two years. The new Company will operate from a new head office based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and will continue to retain regional Contracts Managers in the South West, South East and the North. Steve Buckingham, pictured, has been appointed as Managing Director of Blakedown Sport and Play Ltd.
28 August 2002Exclusive Leisure Ltd is introducing a new mobile practice cage.
13 August 2002ERDC, the UK distributor for FieldTurf “new generation” synthetic grass will be installing FieldTurf pitches for a further five Premier League Clubs this summer. A spokesman for ERDC says “Newcastle United, Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City and Manchester City have all selected FieldTurf for its unrivalled performance for their new training facilities.” The Company has already supplied FieldTurf to many other prestigious clubs including Premier League and FA Cup double winners, Arsenal and the 2002 League Cup winners, Blackburn Rovers. FieldTurf is, according to the manufacturer, “A radical new concept in synthetic grass training systems.
13 August 2002Corrie Shield, a “Top Link Protector” is specially designed for use with Corrie’s “Tuba” tennis court fence system. This product has unique vandal resistant link inserts and “Dutch Fold” safety edges with anti-tamper nuts and bolts. Corrie Shield has already been selected for a project being constructed in the north of England. Corrie Play, perimeter fencing designed with children’s play areas in mind has been installed in Gabriel Park, Basingstoke by Severn Contracts Ltd.
09 August 2002The pace of change at Sport England is being stepped up with the key new appointment of 32-year-old Roger Draper, as Chief Operating Officer and Number 2 to the Chief Executive, David Moffett. One of the youngest Directors in British sport, he will join Sport England from the Lawn Tennis Association where he has been Director of Development for the past three and a half years.
06 August 2002Blakedown Sport and Play have recently completed the installation of a "third generation" synthetic football pitch for Manvers Park Sports Centre based at Dearne Valley College, Barnsley. The pitch has been surfaced using Edel “Nature”, a long pile, rubber infill synthetic carpet developed specifically for the football market.
06 August 2002Charles Lawrence Surfaces plc has announced its intention to launch a new company that will provide specialised and innovative maintenance services aimed at current and potential customers.
23 July 2002The Sports and Play Contractors’ Association (SAPCA) and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), will hold two one-day seminars on the Maintenance of Synthetic Sports Surfaces during the autumn. The latest in a series of events presented jointly by the two organisations, the courses will be aimed primarily at individuals who have responsibility for the regular maintenance of synthetic sports surfaces, including artificial grass pitches, “all-weather” tennis courts, synthetic athletics tracks and multi-use games areas.
14 July 2002A revolutionary new sand-slitting system is being used to treat the four natural turf pitches constructed by Blakedown at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
14 July 2002Bridome Ltd, the Surrey-based supplier of air-supported structures, has just been awarded contracts for providing covered training facilities for Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs. The airhalls will allow the Football Academies at the clubs to train throughout the year in a controlled environment. Measuring 60m x 40m the structures will be supplied in the next few weeks ready for the 2002/03 season. Nigel Geach, Managing Director of Bridome commented: “The airhall provides a quick, cost-effective solution for indoor facilities.