Opinions about whether brushing or raking third-generation synthetic turf fields is better for the field are divided. A grant from the Norwegian FA, the Dutch industry body BSNC, as well as the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport enabled the Municipality of Amsterdam to contract research institute ERCAT of the University of Ghent to investigate this in more detail.
The European Commission will decide only in March or April next year at the earliest whether it will adopt the proposed ban on the sale of polymeric infill. A decision was actually expected last week.
SIS Pitches and AstroTurf will jointly bring the SIS Pitches hybrid systems to professional clubs, athletic programs, and sports teams in the United States. The partnership makes AstroTurf the exclusive dealer for SISGrass in the US.
ISO 19721:2022 specifies an abrasion test method for accelerated testing of synthetic turfs for use in sports facilities. The document provides the details of radiation, temperature, and moisture exposure, as well as to mechanical abrasion using football shoe studs on rotating drum assembly.
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.
As the competent authorities are forced to increasingly take bold decisions, the list with challenges lower authorities around the world are facing, is growing every day. Only those who dare to cut red tape will survive the day.
The debate about the sliding friendliness of synthetic turf will soon become more scientific with the introduction of a test apparatus and adoption of a testing protocol to establish the sliding characteristics of the turf. The new device will also help sports governing bodies in assessing new turf products and infill materials.
Providing a third-generation synthetic turf field is fitted with risk management measures to prevent the spread of polymeric infill outside the field, the use of rubber infill is not prohibited, a Dutch court has ruled.
The European Standards Committee (CEN) has accepted a proposed dust test for all infill material used for synthetic turf fields. This includes stabilizing sands as well as performance infill.
The Fluid Feeder by Vredo has won the Innovation Award at the GroenTechniek Holland event. The unit makes it possible to fight grubs and leatherbacks during the daytime.