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.

Bosön Arena in Sweden

For a country with a population that reaches 10 million inhabitants, Sweden has an amazing ability to produce champions in various sports. This becomes less surprising when we look at national statistics and see that over 2,2 million practice sports diligently and are enrolled in one of 22,000 sports clubs. Sports Associations can also rely on the support of a million of non-practicing members.

The numbers leave no doubt. Swedish sports are a fundamental aspect of their national culture. In this country, everybody practices a sport and takes it very seriously. The Swedish Sports Federation, the body that in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee has the task to manage, coordinate and promote the 70 disciplines practiced in an organized set up, plays a major role in the life of the country.

The headquarters of the Riksidrottsförbundet activity or RF, as the Federation’s official name is commonly abbreviated, is in Bosön. As Karin Mattsson explains, the primary function of this complex is to be a sports training center that can “meet the needs of every athlete, without focusing exclusively on a particular sport.”

To achieve these ambitious goals, the Bosön complex houses not only the training facilities for athletes in all sports, but also a sports education center. From high school to university degree courses, the center offers a general education focused on sports. Their high school courses allow young athletes to prepare for their sporting careers without compromising their chances of having a good general education. University courses are designed to train teachers, coaches, sports doctors and all the sport science specialists who have always been the pride of Sweden.

To meet the expectations of high-level athletes for the Bosön complex, the Administration Council has recently decided to renew most of the installations. Among the choices for the most innovative new complex, there was the construction of an outdoor soccer field with synthetic turf. This decision was made to offer the best training field to the Swedish national women’s team.

There are the enormous advantages synthetic grass is able to offer. 
First of all, synthetic grass provides the ability to have fields with a perfect playing surface even in places where the climate makes it impossible for natural grass to grow without needing expensive and heavy work in terms of environmental impact. Just think of the Nordic countries, with temperatures below the freezing point several months a year; or, in arid places or dry desert areas, where trying to keep alive a soccer field in natural grass would involve huge amounts of precious water.
Synthetic turf can be used without problems in a much more intensive way and it can last longer than natural grass. This means that a single field can accommodate a greater number of games, drastically reducing the cost and the need to have more than one field to accommodate all the sport teams.

Ups and downs at Malmö Idrottsplats

Malmö Idrottsplats, commonly referred to simply as Malmö IP and sometimes as Gamla IP, is a publicly owned stadium in Malmö, Sweden, that is primarily used for association football. As of 2014, it is the home of women’s association football club FC Rosengård, currently playing in Damallsvenskan; the men’s clubs Malmö FF and IFK Malmö have played there in the past. The stadium is the third largest in Malmö behind Malmö Stadion and Swedbank Stadion, the current home grounds of IFK Malmö and Malmö FF respectively. The Swedish national football team has played at Malmö IP twice, in 1929 and 1949. The stadium’s capacity has changed throughout the years with various redevelopments and renovations; it is today 7,600, but was historically much higher. The record attendance at the ground was set on 1 June 1956 when 22,436 people attended an Allsvenskan match between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF.

The stadium was built as a multi-purpose sports field between March and July 1896 with a grand opening on 4 July 1896. IFK Malmö took up residence at the ground in 1903, with Malmö FF also doing so seven years later; both remained until 1958, when they moved to Malmö Stadion, which had just been built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Extensive redevelopment and restoration was carried out between 1978 and 1980, and in 1999; the two Malmö clubs returned following this latter renovation, but Malmö FF went back to Malmö Stadion after a single season. The stadium is located on the northern side of Malmö’s largest park, Pildammsparken, with Malmö Stadion and Swedbank Stadion both to the park’s south.

In early 1995, largely on the initiative of Malmö FF’s vice-chairman Bengt Madsen, Malmö FF and IFK Malmö created a joint project group regarding the future of Malmö IP. This body decided to completely renovate Malmö IP for a second time, constructing new stands and removing the running tracks to create a stadium exclusively for football. This decision was the result of both clubs’ declining attendances during the 1990s—Malmö FF were averaging crowds of less than 5,000 at Malmö Stadion, while IFK were attracting less than 1,000 by 1999. Malmö Stadion’s capacity of 27,500 was therefore far too much for both sides. When Malmö IP formally reopened on 1 August 1999, both Malmö FF and IFK moved back, but Malmö FF officials soon decided that the refurbished ground was too small and lacked the safety facilities Malmö Stadion offered. After only a few months, following Malmö FF’s relegation from the Swedish top flight at the end of the 1999 season, the club moved back to Malmö Stadion. IFK Malmö remained at Malmö IP until 2008, when they also moved back to Malmö Stadion in protest at the decision to lay synthetic turf at Malmö IP instead of grass.

Malmö FF frequently use Malmö IP for pre-season friendlies, since the synthetic turf makes it possible to play during the Swedish winter months. Since Malmö FF’s centenary in 2010, the club has maintained a tradition of playing a friendly at Malmö IP each year on 24 February, the anniversary of the club’s foundation.

In 2006, the women’s association football club Malmö FF Dam started to use the ground regularly for games in Damallsvenskan, the top level of Swedish women’s football. The club has since been renamed twice and has been called FC Rosengård since 2013.

The stadium’s structure and facilities have gone through many changes since it first opened in 1896. The ground originally comprised a football pitch surrounded by an oval cycling track; a main stand was on the pitch’s southern side, with a smaller stand opposite. Both stands were terraced. A larger stand, built on the northern side of the pitch in the early 1920s, is still in use, and is considered a landmark building by the city municipality—modifications to it are therefore illegal. A larger, improved Southern Stand was built in 1931, the same year of the tennis hall’s construction. The tennis hall was built as part of the same plot, but it now stands on the other side of a road that was built through the grounds in 1945. The Northern Stand originally had a restaurant behind it and a large hall next to it, but these were knocked down in 1944 to make room for the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre.

When Malmö IP was renovated during the 1990s, the old running tracks were removed and new stands were built close to the pitch. The only major change since 1999 has been the change from a natural grass pitch to synthetic turf in 2008. In late 2013 the synthetic turf was renewed to meet new regulations and standards—the new pitch includes an under-soil heating system to allow use in all weather conditions. 

Strömvallen Football Stadium, Gävle, Sweden

Already in 1892 plans existed to get a new venue for Gefle IF but also other clubs in the area that can withstand the requirements in the Swedish climate. In 1903 the new stadium, which was called Strömdalens IP, with a football field, running track and seats for 400 spectators has been opened. Throughout the following years the stadium has been upgraded a couple of times in order to increase not only the capacity for spectators but also the quality of the sports facilities.

In July 1923 the modernized stadium has been opened with its new name – Strömvallen. In the beginning of the 30s the pitch has been enlarged in order to meet international requirements. Throughout winter times the stadium has been used for sports like ice skating.

With the local clubs Brynäs IF and Gefle IF playing in the first tier league of Sweden the stadium needed further enlargements throughout the 70s and 80s. This was also the time when all non-football related sports facilities have been removed and the stadium became a pure football stadium.

Today the stadium has a capacity of 7,200 spectators, a synthetic pitch in order to be used for football matches throughout the whole year as well as undersoil heating.

Synthetic football pitches in Sweden

In Sweden many first tier football clubs both men and women do play on synthetic pitches. Many stadia and arena just got their synthetic pitch not long ago. A major reason for the extensive use of synthetic turf not only in Sweden but also in the other Scandinavian countries can be found in the climatic conditions.

Furthermore the acceptance of synthetic pitches by clubs and players is increased through research that is conducted on the risks of injuries and also on the increased availability and use for synthetic pitches compared to natural grass.

Tunavallen for example is a football stadium which got a synthetic pitch in 2008, allowing for year-round games of the football clubs in the city. IF Elfsborg as well as Norrby IF play their home matches in the Borås Arena, which opened with a synthetic pitch in 2005. In the Åbyvallen Arena clubs like Fässbergs IF and Jitex BK play on synthetic turf. Tunavallen Arena was equipped with a synthetic turf in 2008, enabling year-round games of football clubs in the city. Since 2009 GIF Sundsvall plays on synthetic turf in Norrporten Arena and in the same year Nya Parken got a synthetic pitch as well to be played on by IFK Norrköping.

Further synthetic football pitches that are recognized by FIFA are located in Malmö, Stockholm and Orebro just to name a few.

Grimsta IP, Sweden

The Grimsta Idrottsplads is a multi-use stadium in Vällingby, Sweden. The stadium, which was initially opened in 1963, holds 8000 people. It was renovated in 1986 to increase audience capacity. While it in the past also hosted track and field events, the stadium today is mainly used for football matches and serves as the home stadium of IF Brommapojkarna. When the club got promoted to the first tier league in Sweden, Grimsta IP was again renovated and modernised.