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Conica Makes Tracks in Europe

12 July 2002

CONIPUR M and Conipur ISP Sprint, athletics surfaces from Conica Technik, have been chosen for several prestigious tracks in Europe against stiff oposition. Conipur ISP Sprint, a “sandwich-type” surfacing system, has been chosen by Birmingham City Council, Sport England and UK Athletics for the National Indoor Training Centre at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The surface will be installed during the autumn this year, as part of a £2.5 million scheme, largely financed by a grant from the Lottery Sports Fund.

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Allen and Abbott Claim Golfing Honours

11 July 2002

The Charles Lawrence Surfaces team of Nigel Allen and Kenny Abbott fought off tough competition to win The SAPCA Open 2002, the Association’s annual golf tournament, which took place at The Warwickshire Club recently. A total of 26 golfers from across the industry took part in this year’s event, and enjoyed a splendid day, bathed in uninterrupted sunshine, at one of the Midlands’ premier golf venues.

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Tiger AG Wins Best Stand Prize

24 June 2002

Artificial grass manufacturer Tiger AG was awarded the prize for the best exhibition stand at SAPCA’s Sports Facility Construction event in Cheltenham last week. The Tiger AG team is pictured receiving its prize - a magnum of champagne - from Nick Lockwood, Sport England’s Senior Development Manager in the South West Region.

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New Standard for Athletics Tracks

13 June 2002

SAPCA and UK Athletics have published a joint Code of Practice for track construction and maintenance. The Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, SAPCA, has worked increasingly closely with UK Athletics, to assist the sports governing body in its work to improve the standards of track facilities across the country. The two organisations have co-operated in presenting seminars for facility operators on track construction, maintenance and management, by running workshops for UKA’s track assessors, and in agreeing the UK input into the proposed European Standards for track surfaces. The latest result of this collaboration is the new Code of Practice for the Construction and Maintenance of Athletics Tracks with Synthetic Surfaces, which has been produced as a joint publication. The Code of Practice is a comprehensive new standard for the UK track market, and is based on practical experience and knowledge gained over many years.

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GTC Sports' Cages

05 June 2002

GTC Sports Ltd is proud to be associated with the Commonwealth Games through the supply and installation of athletics equipment, at both the Boggarts Hole Clough and Wythenshawe Park tracks, in Manchester. The refurbishment of the two facilities includes the installation of new aluminium throwing cages (IAAF Certified) and ground circles, which are fitted with specialist ground anchor points for wheelchair users. GTC’s sister company, G Thornton (Contracts) Ltd, has undertaken the works associated with the track refurbishments.

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Tarmac Does It Smoothly!

30 May 2002

Members of Middlesborough Roller Hockey Club are delighted with their new smooth and even playing surface supplied by Tarmac Limited. The challenge was to deliver economically a new 950m² roller skating rink in Albert Park by overlaying the original, terrazzo-tiled, concrete surface with a durable, smooth, joint-less system.

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SAPCA Elects Nigel Allen as Vice-Chairman

30 May 2002

The new Vice-Chairman of the Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, SAPCA, is Nigel Allen, having been elected at the Association’s Fifth Annual General Meeting. Allen, 46, is the Managing Director of Charles Lawrence Group Plc based in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

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SAPCA Membership Endorses New Strategy

30 May 2002

At the Fifth Annual General Meeting of the Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, held yesterday, the membership enthusiastically endorsed the Strategy Review unveiled by SAPCA’s Board of Directors.

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Stadia Folds to Pressure!

27 May 2002

Stadia Sports has developed a new Aluminium Folding Euro Goal designed to meet the needs of sports facilities with synthetic pitches in the UK. The folding goal has been specifically designed for synthetic surfaces.

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Sports Labs joins ISSS

20 May 2002

The UK-based company and SAPCA member Sports Labs, has recently been approved as a Full Scientific Body Member of the International Association for Sports Surface Sciences, ISSS.

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ERDC Signs Up 70% of English Premiership

15 May 2002

Multi-disciplinary construction group "ERDC", whose Sports Division is based in Sale, has won the contract to install what the Company describes as its "revolutionary Fieldturf synthetic surface" at the Leeds United Football Club Training Academy. ERDC is the UK licensee for Fieldturf, which they say is "acknowledged as the market leader in new generation synthetic surfaces." The new contract at Leeds follows the completion of three new training ground installations at Fulham, Liverpool and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs.

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Top Marks for Blakedown from Crosfields School

09 May 2002

Blakedown Sport and Play, recently completed the construction of a multi-sports area for Crosfields School in Reading.

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Blakedown Invest over £100,000 in their Sport and Play Division

09 May 2002

Blakedown have purchased additional plant and equipment designed specifically for the construction of sports surfaces.

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English Golf on Course with Nature

07 May 2002

Golf clubs across England stand to benefit from free environmental management advice thanks to an innovative scheme to be launched this summer. The English Golf Union and the government’s wildlife advisers, English Nature, have provided joint funding for this new scheme, to be delivered by STRI, the golf industry’s independent advisory and research specialists. An additional ecologist will be employed to work under the guidance of Bob Taylor, STRI’s Senior Ecologist, now well established in golf course ecology circles.

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Virgin Active Chooses The 'Duracourt Collection'

01 May 2002

Duracourt's policy of offering a wide choice of top quality branded surfaces has helped land a prestigious contract to install twelve tennis courts with four different surfaces at the new Virgin Active tennis centre in Acton. Duracourt has started work on 4 Porous Kushion KourtTM free draining acrylic courts, 3 Porous Klay KourtTM synthetic clay courts, 3 TigerTurf® sand-filled grass courts, and 2 DuraporeTM multi-use macadam courts all of which are due for completion this summer. Porous Kushion KourtTM and Porous Klay KourtTM were selected because Virgin Active specified 12-month playability and these specialised acrylic and clay surfaces from The Duracourt Collection uniquely allow this. Virgin Active's choice of Duracourt was also influenced by the successful construction in 2001 of fifteen courts and multi-use areas with a similar mix of surfaces at the nearby Westway Centre for the Kensington Amenity Trust, which despite difficult site constraints, was completed on time and within budget.

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Harrod UK Track Record Wins Gold at Commonwealth Games

30 April 2002

The XVII Commonwealth Games in July this year are set to be the biggest sporting event on British soil this decade.

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New Contracts Manager for Blakedown Landscapes Ltd

12 April 2002

Blakedown Landscapes Ltd have appointed Jonathan Salem, a graduate from Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex, as Contracts Manager within their Midlands regional office. Throughout the three years that Jonathan has been with the company he has successfully completed many soft landscaping projects, most notably a prestigious office development in Worcester.

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SAPCA Conference Grows in Stature

29 March 2002

The rapid increase in size and stature of SAPCA’s Annual Conference, held in March at Le Meridien Hotel near Warwick, reflected the continuing growth of the Association and the value of the event to the industry, with over 200 delegates attending over the two days.

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Celebrations at Blakedown Sport and Play

11 March 2002

This year there were two winners of the Blakedown Landscapes Ltd 2001 “Craftsman of the Year Award”.

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The Growing Tiger Force

26 February 2002

Tiger AG Ltd the synthetic sports surface producer has recently appointed Carly Baker as Marketing Manager at its Head Office in Kidderminster. Since the launch of the company last year, Tiger AG claims to be one of the largest dedicated artificial grass manufacturers in Europe and that in its first year has captured a huge share of the UK’s sport and leisure market for artificial surfaces. With increasing demand and a growing interest generated in the company, Tiger AG required a dedicated marketer to join the team. Carly, who has previously worked in marketing for Tarmac Ltd.

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