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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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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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