TenCate Grass has been awarded the tender by the Dutch Coöperatie Eerste Divisie for installing high-grade synthetic turf fields for professional football in the Jupiler League in the Netherlands. The installation of the first fields will already begin this summer and is provided by GreenFields, a subsidiary of TenCate. In this way the Jupiler League is building on the successful introduction by TenCate of the latest generation of synthetic turf systems in the Premier Division in the summer of 2012. It has been demonstrated that technically accomplished and attractive football at top level can be played on the TenCate fields.
The Coöperatie Eerste Divisie (CED) has taken the initiative to install synthetic turf football pitches in the stadiums of clubs affiliated with the Jupiler League. Interested clubs from the Premier Division and the Top Class can participate in the collective agreements and benefit from the same high-grade offer.
This football field tender and the choice of TenCate as a progressive party mark the turning point for synthetic turf in top-flight football in the Netherlands. TenCate will use its highest-grade synthetic turf systems for this important Dutch top-flight football project with international allure. This means a further optimization of the quality of the playing fields across the first division and reduction of cancellations during the competition, particularly during the winter period. A number of fields are already available for the Jupiler League and Premier Division, such as those installed last summer at Heracles Almelo and PEC Zwolle. This summer, similar fields will be installed at FC Oss and FC Den Bosch. Production of these fields is based on the 3D matrix weaving technology of TenCate, a patented technological innovation for the production of woven synthetic turf football fields. This enables the playing characteristics of a natural grass pitch to be replicated as closely as possible.
Synthetic turf systems from TenCate provide a playing experience that is true to nature. TenCate offers the fields to the professional clubs via subsidiary company GreenFields, which together with selected partners handles the installation of the fields. These high-grade fields – and in particular the woven GreenFields® MX system – enable a player to get his foot under the ball easily, just as in the case of natural grass. The ability to freely turn, accelerate and rotate is also comparable to that under natural conditions, consequently preventing increased pressure on tendons and muscles.
In addition to these sport-technical characteristics, the synthetic turf systems from TenCate offer maximum sustainability and a long-lasting natural appearance. Part of the winning bid of TenCate Grass relates to a 24/7 service package, whereby the club pays only for the use of the field and TenCate guarantees carefree playing pleasure. Furthermore TenCate is official partner of the CED / Jupiler League.