We have come a long way since the 14th September 1998, when three men and a couple of dogs made the decision to become the #1 pitch testing company in the UK. From our first office in an old Jehovah’s Witness meeting house in Blantyre, Lanarkshire to our fit-for-purpose laboratory in Livingston with 33+ staff, Sports Labs has seen many milestones along the way.
Some key people have been on this journey with us, some we have worked with on-and-off for more than 30 years. That is some achievement! We've grown from a turf tester to a modern lab that can test footballs, wearable technology devices, and Goal Line Technology -- it is a testament to our ‘can do' approach.
This year has been challenging but remarkable with our lab testing 100’s of products for FIFA, WR, and FIH -- plus countless other quality control tests. The field department is similarly testing 600+ fields which accounts for 50% of the UK market, and our consultancy division is coming along good with more than 40 projects this year. R&D continues to bring innovation and new services, leading the world with the VAR protocols now being widely used in leagues and competitions. GLT saw our staff in Russia covering the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
Our staff are critical to our success and having a great team is very important to us. This is what allows us to continue to grow as we look ahead and seize opportunities, including opportunities for our staff to also advance and contribute.