SAPCA annual dinner and awards - Sports Labs shortlisted for award

Sports Labs were shortlisted and commended for an award by SAPCA for the innovative rolling straight edge device invented to allow contractors to test sub base constructions assuring 100% of the surface is examined and signed off. Sports Labs Ltd leading innovation in the sports surfaces industry.


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FIFA Goal Projects: Chad

Sports Labs were fortunate enough to be awarded the FIFA Goal project in Chad, Africa. Our role is to inspect/test the 3G pitch to assess whether or not it meet the FIFA applied criteria for a certified facility.

The FIFA Goal projects Support FIFA member association’s growth by providing them, when needed, with the resources to jumpstart their development by implementing key football projects. Since 1999 and the creation of the Goal programme, FIFA has funded and concluded more than 1 000 football projects over the world.

These projects can be very challenging however Edel Grass the FIFA Preferred Producer who was awarded the contract delivered a first class facility. 

FIFA to issue new manual next week

FIFA will issue the new Handbook of Requirements and the Handbook of test methods for the FIFA quality concept for football turf. 

This much talked about update has involved some radical changes to the preparation and evaluation of football turf for FIFA certification.

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new FIFA quality pro and FIFA quality perhaps making a clearer distinction between community and pro fields this is a welcomed change.  A new Lisport XL is making it debut and new tests for infill splash, heat on surfaces and yarns for UV and thickness to name just some of the changes in this a fairly significant overhaul of the 2012 version.

Sports Labs will be providing a detailed communique on the changes early next week or better still come see us on our stand at FSB next week.

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

Rathdown School a first class hockey facility in Partnership with Monkstown Hockey Club

Rathdown school hockey new artificial pitch pitch project is delivering an FIH 'global' standard facility in south Dublin for both the pupil's of the school and Monkstown Hockey Club. The long standing partnership will see the site host two hockey pitches one water based to the same standard as the recent world cup competition and the other a sand dressed pitch.

The commitment the school have shown to bring this facility to fruition underscores how hockey in the area has developed, the recent results are testament to this investment.

The new water based pitch constructed by Tony Patterson Contracts is installed with a Greenfield's product. Here the final stages of the artificial turf installation is shown.

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.

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STE the only dedicated sports surfaces testing equipment supplier, launch their new web site today. An easy to use platform which allows you to purchase what you need online. Alternatively if you require further information you can make an enquiry for the specialist equipment that you have questions about.

Whether you want to buy an infill depth gauge or a AAA device STE can help you with your needs. Quick delivery times and a dedicated set up with the more complex items. Simply go to www.sportstestequip.com for the most competitive quality equipment on the market.


 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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FIFA eyes new testing manual for football turf in 2015

FIFA announce significant changes on the way...... FIFA are always striving to evolve the testing and evaluation of football turf systems so that football turf fields which are certified are the best turf systems available and in as far as is possible the quality concept represents real life wear and performance.

The changes, which are coming mid 2015 mainly affect the testing of artificial turf systems under Laboratory conditions, this will ultimately of course affect the certification of pitches.

Changes to testing protocols

Researchers and Laboratories have been working on new equipment and testing methodologies in conjunction with FIFA to develop existing tests or introduce new testing equipment and protocols.

In this iteration of the manual FIFA are concentrating on;

Performance in Hot conditions – providing a classification for turf systems incorporating performance infill

Wear – a new lisport referred to as lisport XL will be used to prepare samples

Skin friction – a new method of evaluating skin friction

Splash – a new test method for evaluating and classifying performance infill splash

New requirement “placement of goal posts”

Inclusion of run-off areas in field testing area

FIFA will also rebrand the 1 star and two star categories currently well known into 'FIFA Quality and FIFA Quality Pro'. National Federations/Associations will be allowed to have a national standard which will embrace the FQC but will be known as 'FIFA Pro plus'  here interests peculiar to an MA can be included in the testing requirements for certified pitches - more details are to follow on this so watch this space.

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Future developments will include in the World Cup cycle 2015 to 2018 will include;

Player surface interaction tests – a new test for traction

AAA more realistic - must simulate player surface interaction in a more realistic fashion

Skin friction method - new method of testing

Energy restitution - fatigue, a study on how the surface affects fatigue in a player.

Further updates will be issued at the end of January.