Sports Labs to Exhibit at Dag Van De Sport Accommodaties

Sports Labs will be exhibiting at the Dag Van De Sport Accommodaties at the Expo Houten in the Netherlands on 8 March. This event is specifically for those involved in the design, construction, maintenance and management of sports facilities and will feature more than 170 exhibitors.

To learn more and see a map of the companies on the trading floor, click here.



Sports Labs USA to Participate in USA Field Hockey Summit


Sports Labs USA is excited to announce its participation in the USA Field Hockey Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on the weekend of March 16 - 18. "The Summit is designed to bring the field hockey community together - club administrators, coaches, and umpires of all levels, sponsors, and vendors - for an educational and inspirational weekend," say organizers. The event will feature guest speakers, professional development, awards and recognition and plenty of networking.

Sports Labs USA is delighted to be associated with this annual hockey summit. Hockey was one of the first Global Sports to recognize the benefits of playing on artificial turf systems, and in doing so, helped to develop the game to its current recognized standards for skill and entertainment. Sports Labs USA is proud to be part of that story through its work with manufacturers, installers, coaches, and athletes to ensure the highest quality surfaces and facilities.

Sports Labs USA:

  • are the only indigenous Test Institute in the USA to be FIH (hockey) accredited and ISO accredited for all the FIH tests
  • have tested 95% of the certified hockey fields in the USA to-date
  • have been designing and testing hockey pitches since 1989
  • have in-depth knowledge of the industry and key turf manufacturers
  • have staff located conveniently throughout the country

We hope to see you at the USA Field Hockey Summit!

Sports Labs Participates in FIFA Futsal Test Method Verification Trial

Sports Labs is excited to announce it recently participated in FIFA's futsal test method verification trial. The trial ran as part of FIFA's vision to produce a new standard to regulate surfaces used for futsal. The overall goal is to ensure safe, high quality and consistent game surfaces.

Sports Labs volunteered to assist
FIFA's Football Technology Innovation (FTI) department to examine suitable testing equipment and methods which will be utilised in a new standard to help develop the game.

Trials took part over a few days in February and involved testing a number of surfaces used for futsal. Results will help shape FIFA's final published document. Sports Labs welcomed the opportunity to assist FIFA in development and looks forward to its final report.


Sports Labs to Present at Synthetic Turf Council Spring Meeting


Sports Labs UK and Sports Labs USA will be presenting at the 2018 Synthetic Turf Council (STC) Spring Membership meeting held from March 12 to 14th in Rancho Mirage, California. It's not too late to join us -- online registration is available on the STC website until March 9th. Sports Labs is also hosting the Golf Event at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort which kicks off at 9a.m. on March 12th, followed later in the evening by the STC Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Showcase. For more information, please visit the Synthetic Turf Council website.

Sports Labs Present at Turf Matters

Sports Labs present at Turf Matters 8th March 2018. The College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRA) in association with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) are hosting a conference on all matters relating to turf.

Sports Labs will be presenting a session on artificial turf maintenance - best practice and pitfalls.

The conference details are outlined in the flyer below.


Yarn producers visit Sports Labs

26th February 2018 Sports Labs held a Yarn wear and durability meeting which is part of a wider dialogue we are holding with the yarn producers to understand better the aging and failure mechanisms for this fundamentally important component for artificial turf. This is the first of a number of meetings we are hosting at our Laboratory facility in Scotland.

It was great to host Ten Cate, Don and Low and Mondo today where we were able to share experience, discuss innovative strategies to download player feedback to producers.

it was an educational and thought provoking day. 


UKA release guidance on the safety considerations with throws events


Whilst accidents during throws events remain rare, a tragic fatality and a concerning number of near misses/incidents has led UKA to release new safety guidance as a means of reinforcing important protocols and raising the awareness of the potential dangers of throwing events.

Please click here to download a copy of a UKA Throws Safety bulletin for Facility operators

We also recommend that you review the following documents that have been produced to support the delivery of safe throws activity.

 Classic hammer cage by R J Hill seen on many sites in the UK

Classic hammer cage by R J Hill seen on many sites in the UK

KNVB visit Sports Labs

We were delighted to welcome Patrick Balemans Adviseur Accommodatiezaken for the KNVB. It was great to show him around our fantastic facilities here in Scotland and discuss innovation, testing and research.

We look forward to continuing our relationship as innovation partner with the KNVB.

Sports Labs Hands Over Vinny Murray Pitch to Clongowes Wood College

Sports Labs Hands Over Vinny Murray Pitch to Clongowes Wood College

The state-of-the-art facility was blessed by the Rector, Fr Michael Sheil SJ before the purple- ribbon was cut by Clongowes four most recent rugby internationals, Gordon D’Arcy, Rob and Dave Kearney, and Fergus McFadden. The Vinny Murray Pitch or VMP – as it is known – was named in memory of the late Assistant Headmaster and legendary rugby coach, who passed away in 1999. Saturday’s event was bracketed between a Junior and a Senior match against Campbell College, Belfast and followed some words of introduction, reminiscence and celebration from the Headmaster, Mr Chris Lumb.

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