To celebrate the first anniversary of its Proud to Pitch In initiative, Greene King IPA in the UK will increase its grant to support grassroots sports from GBP 3,000 to GBP 10,000.
A new level 3 Advanced Sports Turf Technician apprenticeship is set to be rolled out in the UK. The apprenticeship has been approved by the UK Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).
Have a look at the 8 venues that will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and learn more about the grass surface used.
Erwin Beltman was the head groundsman for stadium De Kuip in the Netherlands between 2013 and 2022. In that period, the field was voted the best stadium field in the Dutch Eredivisie eight times in a row. These days, he works as a consultant and shares his experiences about achieving good turf pitches on Sportsfields.info.
The French Football Federation has signed a memorandum of understanding with 19 companies whose mission is to support communities in a quality approach to develop their Foot5 and Futsal pitches.
As the demand for good quality football surfaces is increasing around the world, so is the number of initiatives to prepare groundsmen for doing so. Sportsfields.info spoke to educators in Spain, the United States and the Netherlands. While their programme differs, they all have a common goal.
FIFA has announced the establishment of a category that is relevant for football surfaces. In addition to FIFA approved football surfaces, FIFA Preferred Producers and FIFA approved testing institutes, FIFA has now also established the FIFA Research Institutes for Football Technology Innovation category.
Testing institute Labosport has taken over the company Labosol. The French company is specialised in soil analysis and operates in Spain, Portugal, Maghreb, French speaking countries in Africa, Switzerland and Belgium.
With the current cost of energy, it is going to be expensive to maintain the approximately seven degrees grass pitches need to stay healthy. What can be done affordably to help grass survive the winter?
Cutting sports fields is one of the most time consuming, uninspiring and repetitive activities one will have at a sports club. Autonomous mowing robots are less demanding and can do it cheaper. They don’t have any expectations, free up manpower that can be used elsewhere and are more affordable. The two best known autonomous mowing robots each have their own personality.