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Minister of Sport Visits STRI

22 September 2002

The 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.

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Oasis Created at Chiswick Park Performance Area

16 September 2002

When 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".

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Groundsmen Sow Seeds of Victory!

16 September 2002

Report 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.

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Stadia's Golden Girl

10 September 2002

Commonwealth 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.

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Cranfield Awarded Jockey Club and Racecourse Association Irrigation Project

10 September 2002

Cranfield 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.

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David Moorcroft Re-opens Yeovil Athletic Arena

05 September 2002

After 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.

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Blakedown Sport and Play Ltd to be Launched

28 August 2002

The 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.

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New Mobile Cricket Practice Cage from Exclusive Leisure

28 August 2002

Exclusive Leisure Ltd is introducing a new mobile practice cage.

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FieldTurf Signed Up by Five More Premier League Clubs

13 August 2002

ERDC, 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.

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J B Corrie Introduces Three New Products Lines

13 August 2002

Corrie 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.

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Roger Draper to be new No. 2 at Sport England

09 August 2002

The 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.

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A High Score for Blakedown

06 August 2002

Blakedown 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.

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Charles Lawrence Surfaces to Launch New Maintenance Company

06 August 2002

Charles 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.

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SAPCA and IOG to hold Maintenance Seminars

23 July 2002

The 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.

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Blakedown join West Bromwich Albion FC in the Premiership

14 July 2002

A revolutionary new sand-slitting system is being used to treat the four natural turf pitches constructed by Blakedown at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

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Two in A Row for Bridome

14 July 2002

Bridome 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.

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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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