Football clubs and korfball club in Almelo opt for GreenFields® slide max XQ™

GreenFields has installed four soccer and one korfball pitch in Almelo during the summer months under instruction from the region’s municipal sports trust. Mid-week evening training sessions on the new surfaces are in full swing, with league games being played at weekends, which has led to very ethousiastic reactions of the players of all clubs.

Selected on intensity of use and durability

The clubs in question were all consulted on the choice of pitch. Nieuwmeier comments: “Representatives from clubs based in the region were involved in the selection process, looking at the different pitch options available. This pitch system came out on top in terms of the intensity of use and durability, in particular. For us, we’re talking around 1,500 hours of use each year. The system will last us twelve years and will retain its properties.”

Football clubs Oranje Nassau and Almelo are based on a complex which sits in the shadows of the Heracles Almelo stadium. Plans to grant the two amateur clubs a couple of new artificial turf pitches have been in place since the re-development of the first division club’s stadium, one year ago.

Joint approach for greater efficiency

The project was a substantial one, albeit that more and more municipalities are choosing to lay a number of artificial pitches simultaneously with a view to maximising efficiency and saving costs. The various stages of work involved – from digging and laying the underlays to installing the turf – took place sequentially, moving from one sports complex on to the next.

Hatko installs second FIFA two star artificial grass pitch with TenCate Grass fibres

Early may 2015, Hatko installed a second FIFA** pitch in Cyprus using TenCate Grass artificial grass fibres as its base. The pitch is located in Gazimağusa, a town on the country’s east coast, and measures 106 by 76 meters. It is named after the Turkish-Cypriot politician, Rauf Denktaş, who passed away in 2012.

Hatko Dokuma Tekstil insaat Taahhut Ve Ticaret Ltd Sti. is TenCate Grass’ partner in Turkey. The customer opted for the Omega Turf – Hatko’s top of the range pitch. TenCate Grass Middle East Ltd. engineered and produced the synthetic turf fibres within the space of a single week. The entire installation process took just three weeks to complete.

According to Hatko, the Omega Turf is renowned for its unique, curved shape and three ‘spines’, which create a bouncy grass fibre offering excellent flexibility and durability. Testing and analysis performed by Hatko engineers showed that the system’s durability remained uncompromised after as many as 40,000 Lisport Test cycles.

Hatko Sports has been using TenCate synthetic grass yarns for a number of years. The company has successfully completed many sports and landscaping projects throughout Turkey and the Middle East using TenCate technology.

First synthetic pitch in french Top 14 rugby competition

The Charles-Mathon Stadium, home stadium of the French Top 14 first division rugby club US Oyonnax, will install a synthetic pitch. This is the first synthetic pitch for a French professional club of this level in France. Therefore, US Oyonnax is a pioneer in choosing a synthetic turf system among the French Top 14 rugby teams.

Some prominent professional rugby teams in the UK already achieved amazing results by switching to a synthetic surface. Elite Rugby Club Cardiff Blues for example, decided to switch from natural grass to a synthetic turf system from FieldTurf with a ProPlay-Sport23 shock pad for the 2013-2014 season. Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Richard Holland said the new surface now allows games to go ahead no matter the weather. In 2014, the Cardiff Blues even hosted the final of the Amlin Cup in this pitch.

The previous natural pitch was unable to perform all year round and will therefore be removed. The new, artificial pitch delivers optimal playing conditions, safety and comfort for rugby on top level and will be ready at the end of this summer. Because the Oyonnax region can experience challenging weather conditions in the winter months, that’s when the main benefits will be seen. For US Oyonnax, this was one of the crucial element in the choice of a new pitch. But also the reduction of the stadium’s expenses in comparison to the maintenance costs of the natural grass field.

The Charles-Mathon stadium will welcome the important matches of the Top 14 and Champions Cup, but will also be the home of community school’s teams. The applied FieldTurf Vertex 65 synthetic turf system, with a ProPlay-Sport20 shock and drainage pad inside, is perfectly adapted for elite rugby as it has successfully undergone demanding tests under the criteria set by the International Rugby Board. In particular, the surface is characterized by soft and strong fibers with extraordinary resistance and durability, giving US Oyonnax the best long term solution and excellent conditions all year round.


Total to present its “Yarn Chemistry” at AMI and SFIP Conferences in February 2015

Total will be showcasing their polyolefin solutions for artificial turf applications during the AMI Grass Yarn & Tufters Forum that will be held 17-19 February 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Speak to our experts and discover our latest products at the table top exhibition that will run throughout the three day conference.

One week before, fibre application specialist Pieter Geeurickx will be presenting latest developments in metallocene polyethylene for grass yarn at the Colloque SFIP/CNEP/ENSCCF: Les matériaux polymères dans le domaine du sport et des équipements sportifs, on 11-12 of February 2015 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

We look forward to meeting you in February and find out how we can assist to let you score as “Yarn Chemistry is Our Field”.

‘Green’ Stade du Moustoir, Lorient, France

Stade du Moustoir, which is also known as Stade Yves-Allainmat, is a multi-use stadium owned by the city of Lorient. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of FC Lorient. The stadium can hold up to 18,500 people.

The stadium initially opened in 1959, replacing the sports park that has hosted various sports since 1924. In 1998 when FC Lorient got promoted to the First Tier in France the stadium has been renovated. Before the start of the season 2010/2011 FC Lorient decided, as one of the first teams in the French League, to get a synthetic pitch installed. A major reason for this decision was to ensure continuously optimal conditions for high quality football matches. Also the increased usability for other teams in the club has been a major driving force. Further aspects included the impact on the environment through reduced water consumption and no need for chemicals. From an economic perspective the club had to invest more than would have been the case for a natural pitch but through the increased lifetime of the time which was estimated at 15 years significant savings are expected. Furthermore the extended use not only for football but also for events and festivities creates additional revenues for the club. The club’s physician even acknowledges that the amount of injuries has declined with a synthetic pitch, adding another benefit for the club.

Even apart from the synthetic pitch Stade du Moustoir is a real ‘green’ stadium in terms of:

  1.      Electricity production with solar cells
  2.      Transport of supporters to and from the venues by public transport, bikes or walking
  3.      Heating, isolation and climatisation
  4.      Water consumption
  5.      Waste disposal

Training Center of Olympique de Marseille

Those who follow soccer, especially during the winter, often assist in matches that are postponed due to bad weather and pitches that turn to mush which increases the risk of injuries to athletes. A solution to these problems can be the installation of synthetic turf fields in place of natural grass. Top flight French football club Olympique de Marseille (OM) discovered the benefits of synthetic turf. In the summer of 2010, it was decided to replace two fields in the Robert Louis Dreyfus training center.

With the latest generation of synthetic turf clubs have access to pitches in perfect condition during both winter and summer. Another aspect that should convince organizations to switch to synthetic turf is the low maintenance cost. Although the construction and development are more expensive than natural grass, a synthetic field is more cost effective over time. Synthetic fields remain unchanged for more than 10 years, downtime is not required to grow grass, and it can be used as often as needed. It is calculated that a synthetic field can hold up to 1,728 hours of play per year, compared to 200 hours for a natural grass field.

The impact that the decision to move to a ground with synthetic turf may have on environmental protection, starting with the implementation of the land, is significant. The production cycle, in fact, uses 70% of raw materials derived from recycling. The mat placed under the ground allow to reuse the pellet derived from secondary raw materials to be recycled without polluting the environment and safeguarding the health of athletes. In total with the construction of a synthetic field 47.6 tons less CO2 emissions are entered into the environment. Another interesting aspect results from the reduced maintenance a synthetic pitch requires: savings of 90% in water consumption and 100% of fertilizers and pesticides normally used for natural grass.

Another aspect to consider in favor of the latest generation of synthetic turf is tied to the number of injuries avoided. The medical staff and the management of Olympique de Marseille were very pleased with the results obtained with their new training fields. More precisely, they noticed players had less muscle and tendon fatigue, due to improved shock absorption and energy return. Another problem inherent to old synthetic turf that has been resolved was the risk of blusters and burns. Falling on an old synthetic field meant getting painful skin burns, now this problem no longer exists. So with synthetic turf being on the rise, why are there only just a few teams opting for this solution? This is clearly a psychological question because synthetic turf is now similar in effect to a well maintained grass field. Biomechanical studies showed 30% fewer injuries on last generation synthetic turf when compared to natural grass.

Latest generation synthetic pitch at the CDFAS in Eaubonne, France

The centre for departmental training and sports entertainment (CDFAS) in Eaubonne, only 20 minutes from Paris, offers a variety of sporting and entertainment facilities. In partnership with federations and with the Region Ile de France it promotes sport, offers training and educational facilities, and opportunities to host events.

Beginning of 2014 the new synthetic football field was inaugurated, promising savings in operational costs and best playing comfort.

Apart from European football the pitch can also be used for American football, rugby, javelin throw or archery.

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Synthetic turf in French stadia

In January 2012, France had a total of 18373 registered football clubs; with 2157 full size synthetic pitches. Player participation in females over 18 has seen a steady 34% increase since 2004.

In the season 2010-11, French Football Ligue 1 side FC Lorient & First division side AS Nancy became the first major teams across the five leading European leagues – The English Premier League, Spanish Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 to play their home games on a fully synthetic surface.  

On this change, FC Lorient’s manager, Christian Gourcuff, feels he is getting more out of his players during training, thanks to the stadium’s synthetic surface. The region of Lorient is known to have a lot of rain during the winter; the Synthetic turf offers the ideal training conditions whatever the weather. “It allowed training times to be more flexible,” Gourcuff added. “What’s more, I’ve been able to organize more ‘energetic’ training sessions. You can do more agility work on synthetic turf.” he said.

The synthetic turf field also allows club officials to use their stadium to host concerts and other special events during the season and off season which otherwise could damage the playing surface.

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H.B. Fuller launches TEC Super Turf adhesive

Zurich – 1 Sep 2013. H.B. Fuller announced the launch of TEC™ Super Turf one component adhesive for artificial turf installation.

Turfers and installers looking for efficient, time-saving, sustainable and safe solutions should take the opportunity to come and talk to H.B. Fuller at the FSB exhibition, Germany. We are launching our new TEC™ SuperTurf one-component adhesive this autumn. TEC™ SuperTurf adhesive
can be used in all weather conditions and has a wide temperature application scale. This one-component adhesive saves time and energy as it does not need to be mixed and can be used safely without gloves. One pail can be used over several weeks as TEC™ SuperTurf™ adhesive offers an outstanding stability. TEC™ SuperTurf™adhesive is certified under EN 12228 and EN 13744.