ECRA – European Carpet and Rug Association

ECRA is committed to helping its members develop a standard, coherent industry approach to making the transition to a circular economy. Here, they seek to define a Strategic Plan marking a new phase in ECRA’s performance framework and addressing some of the key challenges facing the carpet and flooring sector in Europe. Importantly, this plan will reflect the sector’s support of the EU’s circular economy policies, and particularly its plastics strategy. Based in Brussels, Belgium, ECRA was established in 2004. Their members account for approximately 90% of European textile wall-to-wall carpet production and 73% of EU consumption.

Loughborough University

The Sport Surfaces Research Group at Loughborough University sits within the Sports Technology Institute, set up in 2002. In addition, we established the ‘Sportsurf’ network to raise awareness and collaboration between industry and academia.
The research group’s research portfolio is broad across 4 key themes: User Safety; Play Performance; Pitch Infrastructure, and Maintenance. We aim to enhance and unify research across the sector. Our work has primarily been in artificial turf surfaces, but more recently includes natural and hybrid turf systems. In our approach we consider the interface between the surface behaviour and the athlete interaction is crucial and complex, in particular for performance and injury risk. We are constantly working towards developing and deepening our knowledge for describing and relating the components of sport surfaces to the many influencing factors in response to player (and mechanical test) loading – throughout their service life.

Stockholm Football Association

Stockholm Football Association is the governing body for football in Stockholm County (except for 4 out of 26 municipalities). The Association was founded on 29 March 1917. Today the association has 450 member clubs. Among them the largest clubs are Djurgården IF, AIK, Hammarby IF and IF Brommapojkarna. The association represents 5000 youth teams playing 40 000 matches per season.

Stockholm Football Association is very much engaged in the work to create a sustainable transition to fossil free football facilities by, in cooperation with the industry, testing new biobased turf systems that meet the demands set by both FIFA
and the Nordic climate.

Sportscotland

As the national agency for sport our role is to make sure sport plays its part in a thriving Scotland. We do this by influencing, informing and investing in the organisations and people who deliver sport and physical activity.

We have an important part to play alongside other agencies to deliver an active Scotland where more people are more active more often. An active Scotland is one where people are encouraged to participate, progress and achieve in sport. At the same time people become more active – and stay active.

The nation enjoys better physical confidence and competence and increased wellbeing and resilience. All of this is made possible by the people, places and spaces providing sport and physical activity.

As a technical team we provide advice and guidance on the design and construction of sports facilities and manage funding programmes to support facility development.

EuRIC – European Recycling Industries’ Confederation

EuRIC is the Confederation representing the interests of the European recycling industries at EU level. EuRIC, through its various Branches covering the vast majority of waste streams, brings together National Recycling / Resource Management Federations and Companies in lieu from more than 23 European countries active locally and globally.
EuRIC represents across Europe over:

– 5,500+ companies generating an aggregated annual turnover of about 95 billion €, including large companies and SMEs, involved in the recycling and trade of various resource streams;
– 300,000 local jobs which cannot be outsourced to non-EU countries;
– Million tons of waste recycled per year (metals, paper, glass, plastics, WEEE, ELVs, tyres, textiles and beyond).

By turning wastes into resources, recycling is the link which reintroduces recycled materials into the value chains again and again. Recyclers play a key role in bridging resource efficiency, climate change policy and industrial transition.

England Hockey

England Hockey is responsible for the management and development of the sport from grassroots to elite activities.

England Hockey is also the nominated country for Great Britain Hockey and is responsible for assessing and preparing Great Britain (GB) squads to qualify for and participate in the Olympics.

FIFA – Fédération Internationale Football Associations

FIFA’s mission is to spread football globally and one of the goals of the Vision 2020-2023 is to leverage technology in the development of the game and improvement of the football experience.

FIFA Quality Programme : the programme aims to endorse products that meet strict quality requirements to improve the game and to protect the players, clubs and associations.

Czech Association of Synthetic Turf Football Pitch Builders

The Czech association was founded in 2019.  When ESTO became ESTC in 2018, a new category for builders was included.  Therefore, we ceased our Czech Association of Synthetic Turf Football Pitch manufacturers with ESTO membership and are now registered as the Association of Synthetic Turf Football Pitch Builders with ESTC membership.  The association has 9 members (builders) and 4 affiliated members which support our activities.  With a Letter of Understanding we closely cooperate with the Czech producer Juta a.s., also a member of ESTC.  We are happy to intensify our relationship with ESTC through this affiliate membership !

The Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the charity of the Premier League, The FA and Government, through Sport England. We deliver outstanding grassroots football facilities, meaning more games, better games and more people playing – helping transform communities where demand is greatest, and impact will be strongest.

Founded in 2000, we are now the largest sports charity in UK. So far, we have used the investment from our Partners to award more than 17,600 grants to improve facilities worth more than £708m – including 885 artificial grass pitches, 3,587 natural grass pitches and 1,210 changing facilities. This has attracted an additional £885m of partnership funding – totalling over £1.5bn investment in grassroots football. And there’s much more to come.

SASPI – (SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS AND PLAY INDUSTRY)

Our Mission is to improve the standing of the sports and playground surfaces industry and to promote the participation of all role-players in this industry in Southern Africa by encouraging training, higher standards, professionalism, ethical conduct and social interaction through regular meetings, conferences, workshops and liaison with business, training and government institutions, statutory bodies, N.G.O.’s employer and employee organisations.