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Richard Branson Opens Latest 'V Tennis' complex

08 November 2002

Virgin Active's latest "V Tennis" complex, in Acton, West London, was opened last month by Richard Branson.

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Sports Labs Plays Key Role in Upgrading Athletics Track

08 November 2002

Deputy 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.

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Charles Lawrence Partners Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd on Major PPP Project

31 October 2002

Charles 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.

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SAPCA to Support British Paralympic Team for Athens 2004

28 October 2002

Eight-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.

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MSc & CST Expand Facilities

25 October 2002

An 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.

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Sjeng Schalken puts Revolutionary Tennis Surfaces to the Test

17 October 2002

On 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.

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UEFA Takes Next Steps on Artificial Turf for Football

14 October 2002

As 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.

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Sports Facility Construction events

03 October 2002

Following 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.

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Dallas Cowboys go for Ten Cate Turf System

26 September 2002

Never 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.

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Harrod's New Portagoal a Success at Ipswich Town FC

22 September 2002

Harrod 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).

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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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