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.

3D Printing at Sports Labs

3D printing the Lisport XL studded roller Inhouse. One of the benefits of owning a 3D printer - you can print your own spare part!

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Printing the profiled roller  

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Glasgow Life deliver further 3G pitches

Sports Labs working for Glasgow Life the Leisure Trust operating the sports facilities for Glasgow City Council upgrade 2 No. 3G pitches Working closely with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Building Sports Labs provided consultancy services to design, procure and manage the refurbishment of two pitches in Glasgow. The good news is that both pitches were designed to allow football and rugby use, the bad news is that both were hockey pitches and now these facilities are lost to hockey. Hockey in Glasgow has moved to the new Commonwealth games venue so it is not a complete negative for that sport.


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These refurbishments have reinvigorated what were very dilapidated facilities these are now thriving community based hubs. The biggest beneficiaries of course are rugby who now have excellent training facilities where before there were none! See attached synopsis of the work done to upgrade the facilities.

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.

Sports Labs research adding maintenance applications to the Lisport test

Sports Labs in conjunction with Strathclyde University focused on one of the draw backs of the Lisport test which is the simulation of maintenance of the surface under test. The Lisport involves assessing the wear of artificial turf by simulating extended periods of use. One of the major short comings of this test is that it does not take into account maintenance which is performed on artificial turf and the effects this has on the wear of the turf over time. Therefore the aim of this project was to implement maintenance procedures into the Lisport. These will include brushing, which levels the infill and tining, which helps to prevent compaction of the infill. The final solution will aim to be fully automated in order to limit the technician time required for the operation. Here we have the student group who carried out the Lisport research.

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Artificial turf for landscaping - an area that requires regulation!

Why is there no regulation of artificial turf for landscaping?

Normally only tests which check for potential flammability or contamination by leaching chemicals into the environment are requested. However more recently Clients want to assess products against quality and durability criteria in order to rank the products as poor/satisfactory/good/excellent. Only more detailed physical testing can do this. Sports Labs have proposed this specification to regulate artificial turf for landscaping.

Click on this link to view our proposals and let us hear your views

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South African Sports Surface Conference

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We are pleased to announce the 1st South African Sports Surface Conference to be held in Johannesburg in mid February.

 This year’s theme is artificial turf for football following the very successful legacy pitches project from the World Cup 2010.

 For further details and registration information please visit: www.sassc.co.za

 We also have a twitter page which you can view at: @SA_SSC

 For anything further please contact Emma Steyn on 071881 0369 or emma@ujsportslabs.co.za