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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.
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.