IAAF World Championship 2017

Sports Labs were proud to be chosen to test/certify the track at the London World Championship 2017. A little piece of the massive jigsaw that it is to put this global event on!

 Craig Melrose assessing the shock absorption of the London Track prior to the World Championships

Craig Melrose assessing the shock absorption of the London Track prior to the World Championships

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a report that "found no reason to advise people against playing sports on synthetic turf containing recycled rubber granules as infill material."

 SBR rubber granulate has been the subject of vociferous speculation regarding its potential toxicity to soccer players using artificial pitches containing this infill  

SBR rubber granulate has been the subject of vociferous speculation regarding its potential toxicity to soccer players using artificial pitches containing this infill  

In June 2016, the European Commission asked the ECHA to evaluate any risk to the general population, including children, professional players and workers installing or maintaining the fields from synthetic turf fields with recycled rubber infill. The ECHA's advice is based on their evaluation that there is "a very low level of concern from exposure to substances found in the granules."

The ECHA found that the concern for players and workers for lifetime cancer is very low, for metals is negligible and for phthalates, benzothiazole and methyl isobutyl ketone there are no concerns. The ECHA also noted that their conclusions are consistent with those found in the recent Dutch RIVM and Washington State studies. 

A copy of the report can be found here: https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13563/annex-xv_report_rubber_granules_en.pdf/dbcb4ee6-1c65-af35-7a18-f6ac1ac29fe4

Shankill Indoor Tennis Centre the gold standard for Ireland

Sports Labs attended the formal opening of the Shankill Indoor Tennis Centre in Dun Laoghaire yesterday. 

The 1.6m euro semi ridged structure accommodates 4No. Full size tennis courts to Davis Cup spec.

 

 The ambience of this indoor facility has got to be experienced almost unique in Ireland

The ambience of this indoor facility has got to be experienced almost unique in Ireland

Eoin O'Brien DL&R Council met with me onsite in 2011 to look at a boggy low lying area - we discussed the vision he had to locate a top quality facility on that patch of land! Fast forward to 2016 and we were lucky to be the first to strike a tennis ball onto this high tech cushioned acrylic surface. 

This facility will enhance tennis in the south Dublin area as the all year round protection the structure affords to players will sure allow the sport to flourish. 

 The new indoor fabric covered structure is double skinned for insulation and durability which should see it last at least 30+ years

The new indoor fabric covered structure is double skinned for insulation and durability which should see it last at least 30+ years

The main contractor T. Pearse & Sons Ltd performed well with the difficult ground conditions and produced a fine end result.

The Club held a seminar regarding the project to inform other interested Club of their experience a great way to open the facility.

 Various Clubs attended the opening and seminar

Various Clubs attended the opening and seminar

University of Pretoria; Mondo track going down fast at TUKS

UJSports Labs are assisting Sedtrade - the main contractor installing the track by performing key stage inspections and testing on the various phases of the refurbishment of the track at TUKS-sports. The refurbishment is fast approaching the final hurdle and surfacing should be complete early this week. Once the line markings are down the track will be put back into commission providing SA with a track to match that being installed at the Rio Olympics.

The Mondo track nearing completion at TUKS - the lanes are two tone with two tone D's

Brescia House School - Johannesburg making excellent progress

Brescia House School has embarked on a new water based artificial hockey pitch project. The facility will provide the School with a top class training facility.

 Sub grade ready for sub base application  

Sub grade ready for sub base application  

The project was designed, specified and procured by UJSports Labs which resulted in the project being awarded in January through a competitive tendering process. 

Greenfields/Belgotex were appointed to take the project forward.

we will post regular updates on this as the project advances.

Meggetland, Edinburgh - irrigation being installed on the upgrade of the sand dressed pitch to a water based pitch

The big dig continues at Meggetland to install the new irrigation on-site. Ecosse Sports battling the recent Scottish Winter (blowing a hooley and raining for days on end) to get this one done by the end of the year!

 

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This shot highlights the existing macadam with the ring main excavation ongoing!

Brock Educational Seminar - a company with a conscience

I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak at the Brock Education Seminar last week. This a major undertaking for the Company is a groundbreaking event because put simply it is about knowledge transfer and not sales and cash! 

The programme included presentations on themes on head injuries and in particular concussion and the damage this does, susatainability and new test methods, testing and research and development. The first session was underscored by presentations by a leading neurosurgeon  Dr Robert Cantu http://robertccantumd.com/ and Chris Nowinski an ex NFL player and now speaker on head injuries http://chrisnowinski.com/ this important conversation and its profile was well received by the audience of 125 architects and engineers particularly when injured athletes spoke so eloquently about their life after head injuries sustained in sport.

The second day was all about sustainability, organic infills, shock pads and storm water drainage systems and their management. A look into corporate responsibilities and the move toward more sustainable practices. The third day yes it even had a third day was about new test methods for artificial turf systems, research and development and a very lively discussion about testing using HIC (head injury criterion) for artificial turf systems.

The main point here of course is that Brock put this event on not to drive a sales message at delegates but to provide an educational platform for those attending giving unprecedented access to experts in their field. This is something we endorse as a Company and do like wise when we host events. A lot of Companies could learn from this approach. Well done Brock!     

Rathdown School flying high as a first class water based hockey pitch

Rathdown school and Monkstown hockey club has endorsed their new pitch as fantastic after their first weekend of hockey on the new water based pitch. Officially opening with the big game on the 8th November where Ireland will host Belgium in a friendly a great test for the new surface. Well done to Tony Patterson Contracts for providing a top facility.

 Birds eye view of the pitch

Birds eye view of the pitch

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A pano of the pitch

Long Throws Test Bed - ready for action

The first hammers will be flying onto the demonstration area at Crownpoint Track next week!  This experimental surface has been designed to test the ability of artificial turf to deal with hammers and javelins impacting the surface. Watch this space for results. 

 

 Test bed in good shap for the trials

Test bed in good shap for the trials

 Test bed ready for action at the new track at Crownpoint

Test bed ready for action at the new track at Crownpoint

Long Throws Test Bed nearing completion!

The long throws test bed has had the artificial turf laid and is in the process of being filled.   The Greenfields woven MX carpet will be ready for testing next week to coincide with the opening of the Crownpoint Track which has just had the ex Commonwealth Games track laid. 

 Test bed nearly ready for action - 7kg hammers will be slamming into the surface! 

Test bed nearly ready for action - 7kg hammers will be slamming into the surface! 

The project was funded by Glasgow Life, the IAF Foundation, UK Athletics, Greenfields and Sports Labs.