Sports Labs BE by NOC * NSF recognized as a testing institute for sports flooring

Sports Labs gain NOC approval The company Sports Labs BE is as of 6 July 2012 approved by NOC * NSF as a testing institute for performing laboratory tests and inspections of sports floors. Sports Labs BE is located in Gentbrugge in Belgium and is part of Sports Labs Ltd. Sports Labs BE is an ISO / IEC 17020 certified company that, among other FIFA, FIH and the International Rugby Board works.

On behalf of the NOC * NSF plays a central role in the way sports flooring and sports facilities are approved in the Netherlands. This requires certain standards (sports and technical equipment) determined that inspection bodies must fulfill. In the Netherlands, a select number of companies are approved by by NOC * NSF for such testing protocols that must be performed NOC-1

The management of standards and test methods for sport has for many years been in the hands of ISA Sport (now ISA KIWA). After ISA KIWA became an independent organization, the management of standards and test methods transferred to NOC * NSF.  In 2008, the company INTRON NOC * NSF Certification (now SGS INTRON) were approved for the testing of sports surfaces and now Sports Labs BE the third test institute recognized by NOC * NSF.

Besides ISA KIWA and SGS INTRON's also Sports Labs BE contribute expertise to the testing of sports surfaces and sports facilities in the Netherlands in accordance with established procedures.

Here we see Roland Draajier of NOC with Eric and Yannick of Sports Labs BE

IRB One Turf Conference, Dublin

Excellent conference held by IRB in Dublin yesterday regarding exploring the options for a One Turf concept for artificial turf. Brining experts, manufacturers and NGB's together, the concept is to create a standard which will allow many sports to be played on one turf system with one applicable specification. There was an excellent international speaker list and papers presented see day 1 programme attached, the morning sessions explored the rationale and objectives for creating a One Turf standard.

Afternoon sessions included exploring the similarities/differences in current specifications, footwear issues and testing, exploring the shoe surface interaction, injury data on artificial turf, and then proposals for developing a common standard.

This might be the first steps in possibly streamlining the proliferation of standards which exist at the moment.

Sports Labs wins Edinburgh City Council Framework Contract

Sports Labs Ltd are appointed as 3G Pich Designers for Edinburgh City CouncilSports Labs Ltd are pleased to announce that the The City of Edinburgh Council has appoint Sports Labs Ltd, as their specialist sports pitch consultant for the design and installation of third generation (3G) sports pitches in Edinburgh. The service involves feasibility work on design options for each site (with costs for each option), full detailed design of each 3G pitch, provision of pitch specification, tender documents and tender report, submission of planning applications (if required), advice and assistance with the appointment of a suitable pitch contractor and management of the appointed contractor through to the completion of each project. This commission will extend to the construction of up to six 3G pitches over a 3 year period.The estimated construction cost of the work is 3,000,000 GBP over the term of the contract. This is a significant appointment for Sports Labs Ltd building on our previous good working relations with the City of Edinburgh Council in delivering first class sports pitches in the Edinburgh area. For further information please contact Eric O’Donnell on +44 (0)845 602 6354 or eric@sportslabs.co.uk