FIFA Goal Project – National Football Training Centre, Lesotho

FIFA Goal Project – National Football Training Centre, Lesotho

UJSportslabs recently travelled to Lesotho to conduct FIFA 1 Star performance testing on a newly installed football turf. The main reason FIFA insist on these tests is to ensure the safety of players and quality of the installation of the football turf. The football turf is the first of its kind in Lesotho and is one of many Goal projects currently being funded by FIFA throughout Africa.

The artificial turf manufactured is Edel Grass a FIFA Preferred Producer using it's Superblade 50 SB-S carpet filled with silica sand and SBR. The installation was carried out by Mesut Okutucu from Edel Grass. Key to the lifespan of any football turf is regular maintenance. Maintenance equipment was provided and members of the community were trained to conduct the various maintenance requirements as part of the project. 

The community is very excited and happy with the new football turf! 

Overview of a nice installation

Overview of a nice installation


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In Scotland it's 'game on' on league artificial turf pitches!

With a huge number of postponements last night and today the SPFL is a wash with disrupted games. The farcical situation at Ibrox last night just highlights the issue. A premier league natural turf pitch with undersoil heating starts a game then gets abandoned after 25mins! The fans in particular get short changed by this and what an advert for football in January. Meanwhile Hamilton's groundsman can be seen clearing the snow from his pitch - same time as Rangers fixture is abandoned and today its game on Hamilton v Celtic! Well done Willie the groundsman and well done Hamilton. the goto site for sports surfaces testing equipment

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 Depth probe for the measurement of infill depth

Ball roll ramps essential in the maintenance of 3G surfaces

HIC equipment for testing playgrounds                                           

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Joseph's of Cluny get new FIH Hockey Pitch, Access Road and Car Park

Sports Labs help St Joseph's of Cluny to deliver a major project In reality it has taken 10 years of planning to realise a dream for the school - to have their own hockey pitch. In 2013 the contract to upgrade the access roads and car parks and build a new hockey pitch actually started for Mary White Principal of the school. cluny pitch

Sports Labs acting as specialist consultant was appointed to take this project forward.  The project  involved a major cut and fill to provide a platform for the hockey pitch , redesign and construction of a new car park, access roads and retaining walls.


The contract was awarded to SAC Construction a local contractor familiar to the Board of Governors of the school. image

There were numerous design considerations on this residential site. Planning restrictions were placed on landscaping and the road, car park and lights. All had to be designed and constructed within tight planning conditions.

The ground conditions on-site were particularly challenging and necessitated cement stabilisation over half the pitch and capping in the car park area.

New access roadways and car parks were constructed to control Traffic flow and provide better traffic management of buses and vehicles dropping off at peak times. Additional car parking space at the front of the school has significantly improved the look at the front of the school.

The Hockey pitch a TigerTurf evopro sand dressed surface was selected for the playing surface. The pitch whilst for school use however the school has already had enquiries from clubs to let the facility.

Principal Mary White said

'I’d like to thank the astro turf pitch consultants i.e. Sports Labs UK based in Edinburgh and to congratulate their Director Mr Eric O Donnell, the Chief Consulting Engineer Mr Robbie Blair on a wonderful achievement. I’d like to praise the professionalism of this company, to thank them for the ease with which they were a weekly presence in Killiney, despite having to catch planes and ferries to cross the Irish sea be here and to thank Mr Robbie Blair in particular who oversaw the details of the construction of the project for Sports Labs and the school in a very supportive and committed way. We benefitted greatly as a school by having such an experienced and professional company to assist us in managing the pitch construction'.

cluny                                              Mary White, Robbie with the team

Sports Labs will be at FSB this year, the biggest global trade show for sports surfaces

Come and visit us at FSB this year. The show is bigger and provides the best opportunity to meet the entire industry under one roof. We have a limited number of tickets available on a strictly first come first serve basis. Contact if you would like one. Come visit us opposite the FIFA stand. fsb_header13

Eric visits new expanded Sporlab TR Laboratory in Ankara

Eric ODonnell MD of Sports Labs visits new Office and Lab in Ankara! Due to a significant increase in testing enquiries in Turkey Mete Ceckic Sporlab TR manager has moved our operation to a new bigger location.

As well as the Office and meeting room there is a new laboratory which allows us to carry out routine tests in Turkey. We believe a first for sports surfaces testing sector in the Country. This will significantly increase the turnaround times for testing samples of Artifical turf and tracks together with indoor floors.

We now have an excellent base which is fit for purpose, we look forward to hosting all our friends for a chi soon very soon!

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Accelerated Wear Apparatus - further research on simulating inservice wear under Laboratory conditions

In May this year Sports Labs invited a panel of experts to participate in reviewing the proposal to introduce a new Accelerated Wear Apparatus to the FIFA QC.IMG_0046 The panel comprising of manufacturers of yarn, artificial turf, FIFA consultants and test institutes will work with Sports Labs to evaluate and refine the apparatus. The ambition for the kit is to simulate inservice wear and tear from site to laboratory. Further, the apparatus should be a differentiator of good and poor turf systems with regards to the turf systems ability to sustain wear.IMG_0047

This is an exciting multi agency approach to developing an agreed protocol for simulating wear in artificial turf systems for football.

Watch this space for developments.

New video capture of infill splash on 3G surfaces

Watch this short video to see how we capture the infill splash on a 3G surface. This new method of filming will enhance the test and results and create a new tool for characterising the infill splash on 3G surfaces [youtube]