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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.
12 July 2002CONIPUR 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.
11 July 2002The 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.
24 June 2002Artificial 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.
13 June 2002SAPCA 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.
05 June 2002GTC 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.
30 May 2002Members 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.
30 May 2002The 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.
30 May 2002At 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.
27 May 2002Stadia 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.
20 May 2002The 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.