FIFA launch mini pitch guidance document

FIFA publish a guidance document for those intending to install mini pitches for football. The guidance document sets out the planning, design and operation of mini pitches with some very useful examples to get you thinking about the process, running and potential revenue which these type of facilities can realise. The main aim of the FIFA guide is the development of the game and this is not lost in the publication of this guidance document.

Click on the link here to get access to the full document;

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Thanks to

Stuart Larman
Project Manager, Facilities and Income Generation
Member Associations & Development Division

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

 for allowing us access to this document.

Sports Labs become Sports England Framework Provider

Sport England Artificial Sports Surfaces Consultancy Services Sport England has set up a number of framework contracts with service providers to simplify the procurement of contractors and consultants for future funded projects.Image The framework contract is simply a form of contract where pre-selection of a particular service provider results in a small number of companies being shortlisted to provide the services without the need for protracted tendering process each time a project is available. Frameworks normally last 3 to 4 years. The aim of the Sport England framework contract is to select the best service providers for the work being tendered. Sport England has now put in place a number of framework consultants to deliver specialist aspects of projects on their behalf the one that concerns us is the sports pitches and other sports surfaces framework contract.

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Following a detailed and thorough selection process Sports Labs were successfully selected as one of four specialist consultants for sports surfaces and other specialist services. We are very pleased to be involved with Sport England in this framework contract and look forward to the next 4 years working with Sport England within the framework.

St Michael's Primary School; new multi-use games area

West Dunbartonshire Council's ongoing programme of upgrading school sites with new play areas and artificial turf pitches is producing some very high quality facilities for kids to develop sporting skill on. A project a few years in the making the Council were able to add a hard-standing playground area to the plans to have an artificial pitch on-site.

The school catering for P1 to P7 age groups has seen a tremendous  benefit to the sporting endeavour of its children since the pitch opened a few months ago. Sports Labs designed, tendered and project managed the works from concept through to handover.

Fairways Sportsgrounds were the main contractor for the works and delivered an excellent project on-time and to budget.

The Principal stated that "the pitch was a dream come true and will make a tremendous difference to the the children's sports, she said we now have a proper pitch away from the old grit surface which was always flooded".

Here a few photos of the pitch