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Hockey Queensland re-sign Polytan as Official HQ Turf Supplier and preferred turf of hockey in Queensland

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Hockey Queensland is pleased to announce the re-signing of Polytan as the official HQ Turf Supplier and preferred turf of hockey in Queensland.

Polytan offers quality synthetic sport surfaces and artificial turfs, as well as many services – installation, repair and maintenance.

Poligras by Polytan has been the official hockey surface for 7 Olympic Games including Tokyo 2020. Polytan has signed on for the next two Games in Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028).

Polytan is also returning to support the Brisbane Blaze, by sponsoring the VIP area – “The Inferno” – at home games.

In an exciting development, the Hockey One League, in which the Brisbane Blaze compete, is set to return in late 2022 after being postponed for the past 2 years.

In 2022, the Brisbane Blaze women’s team will be out to defend their national title, whilst the men’s team will fight to go one better finishing second in the inaugural year.

Hockey has a rich history and strong presence in Queensland.” said Paul Kamphuis, General Manager of Polytan.

“Polytan are pleased to be able to extend our partnership with Hockey Queensland as the official HQ Turf Supplier. We look forward to working together to grow the sport and provide world class grassroots facilities to nurture our future Australian stars.”

Alison Lyons, Hockey Queensland CEO stated, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Polytan as one of the world leading supplier of quality hockey turfs who have supplied over 90% of artificial surfaces within our associations. Hockey Queensland and all our associations and venues will benefit greatly from the wealth of experience and knowledge Polytan brings to our hockey community. We are also looking forward to welcoming our guests into the Polytan VIP area for Brisbane Blaze games in the Hockey 2022 season.”

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Sport Group achieve top ESG Risk Rating

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Sport Group rated #1 on ESG performance in Building Products Category

  • Sport Group receives an ESG Low Risk Rating from Sustainalytics
  • Sport Group’s ESG Risk Rating places it first in the Building Products industry as assessed by Sustainalytics.
  • Sport Group’s strength is sustainable products and services, for example the Poligras Tokyo GT hockey turf used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which was made from 60% sugar cane.
  • Sport Group has reduced carbon emission intensity (scope 1 & 2) by 22% since 2018.

Burgheim, Germany: Sport Group, the world’s largest business dedicated to sport and recreation surfaces, has received an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Risk Rating Score of 11.2 from Sustainalytics and was assessed by the firm to be at low risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors.

Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings measure a company’s exposure to industry-specific material ESG risks and how well a company is managing those risks. Sport Group’s rating places it number one in the Building Products category and 318 out of 15,082 companies rated by Sustainalytics worldwide.

Frank Dittrich, CEO, Sport Group said, “We are committed to transforming the business of sport and space and we understand that we play an important leadership role in the industry with regards to environment, equality and good governance.

“Therefore, of course, we are pleased to be rated in the top 3% of companies globally, but this is not just today’s tip-of-the-tongue topic, this is an issue that is deep in the heartbeat of tomorrow. Our ESG commitment is about the future, and this is a never-ending process.”

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Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company and a leading global provider of ESG research, ratings and data, recently evaluated the activities of all Sport Group manufacturing and installation companies, including AstroTurf, Polytan, Melos, SYNLawn and APT (Advanced Polymer Technologies) and examined the Group’s global product brands including LigaTurf, Rekortan, Poligras and Laykold.

Sport Group received low or negligible risk rating in all categories including Environmental and Sustainable Impact of Products and Services, Emissions, Effluents and Waste, Resource Use, Occupational Health & Safety and Corporate Governance. Together this constituted an overall rating of 11.2 Low.

Sustainalytics, is one of the most preeminent ratings agencies and rates companies in all sectors. Other companies rated by Sustainlytics include Apple Inc, Allianz SE, Hugo Boss AG, Microsoft Corp and PepsiCo Inc.

“It is important for us to measure our progress against our own goals, our competitors and other leading businesses”, said Dr. Klaus Hauschulte, COO, Sport Group. “We made this voluntary commitment because independent ratings keep us accountable and transparent, they are important for our customers, end users, staff, investors, and business partners.”

Sport Group’s flagship products include LigaTurf Cross GTR, made from green polyethylene and recycled raw materials, and Rekortan Gel tracks which are made from 88% renewable/recyclable content. While SYNLawn uses a combination of soy in the coating & sugarcane in fibers to achieve USDA certified products & systems with up to 88% bio-based content.

“Customers increasingly want sustainable products, but it can be hard to know what and who to trust”, said Stephen Niven CEO, Region Asia Pacific Sport Group. “Independent ratings help customers compare so they can make informed and confident decisions, also it matches the values of end users who are making sustainable choices in their lives every day.”

The Group’s investment focus is on bio-based and renewable ingredients, carbon reduction, post-consumer raw materials, recycling and second life.

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About Sport Group

Sport Group sells and installs more synthetic turf sport fields, athletic tracks and courts globally than any other business. Sport Group consists of 20 companies including Polytan and AstroTurf who, for over 50 years, have been market leaders in the installation and construction of sports surfaces. Sport Group’s strategic and investment focus is on Green Technology and recycling. For more information, visit sportgroup-holding.com

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Cleaning or upgrading your sports surface

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When your sports surface is looking a little worse for wear, you might think it needs replacing or upgrading. This can be expensive and time consuming, but sometimes it might not be necessary. This is because all Polytan sports surfaces we install are provided with a comprehensive after-sales service.

What this means is that you won’t need to spend your money on a new surface when it starts to look dirty or old, because our professional team can  rejuvenate it. We have all the right equipment to expertly clean and maintain your sports surface. After all, who better to assess the condition of your sports surface than the people who designed it?

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Impressive sporting stadium megastructures around the world

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At Polytan, we are well known for our sports facility design and construction abilities, encompassing everything from local sports clubs to premiere sporting complexes.   We have a strong interested in the history of sports arenas, as it provides inspiration for our own innovative design projects.

To enable us to share our passion with everyone, we have put together a list of the top 10 most impressive sports megastructures around the world.

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Health concerns for players on synthetic turf

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The increase in synthetic surfaces for sports complexes, both in Australia and around the world has led to concerns about health implications for players. This belief, however, whilst still pervasive, has not been upheld by independent studies. So, to put people’s minds at rest, let’s take a look at some of the fears associated with the use of synthetic turf. Namely, the types of infill and rubber used in the manufacture of these products.

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Value added extras you should consider for your sports facility

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If your sports club is looking to upgrade their home base, several factors need to be considered. One of these – and perhaps the most important – is budget. A rarely considered, but potentially viable option is to look at turning your space into a multi-use sporting facility. This can encourage more locals to visit your facility and join your club, as well as offering greater options for spectators. These benefits can increase community engagement and your facility’s revenue.

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Design Trends Shaping Sports Facility Design

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Aussies love their sports, which is why we have so many stadiums and sports complexes dotted around our towns and cities. Recent trends, however, are starting to make significant impacts to the design of these sports facilities.

One such trend is an increased demand for community sports complexes, as people become more health conscious. Another is the need for complexes that combine both sports and entertainment, as well as ensuring accommodations are in place suitable for gender-neutral players. Let’s take a look at some of these growing trends and how they may soon influence the way your sports complexes are designed.

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10 Things to Consider When Building a New Sports Complex

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Building a sports complex is a worthwhile endeavour whether it’s for the local community, regional university, school, or professional sports club. If you are contemplating the construction of a new facility, here are ten things you need to consider before investing time and money into the process and ensure that your project runs smoothly.

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Why do hockey pitches get watered?

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Have you ever wondered why a hockey field is always wet during a game? Well, it’s because the addition of water to the artificial turf actually improves the performance of the athletes by reducing friction and increasing the speed of the game. The addition of the water also helps to reduce the wear and tear on these surfaces, increasing the longevity of the pitch.

How often you should water the pitch all comes down to the type of surface that’s used to construct the hockey field, so let’s take a look at that right now.

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Advances in technology helping athlete performance

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Technology has advanced so much recently that we feel the impacts of it in many aspects of our lives. From smart homes to self-driving cars, solar power, mobile phones and even how we interact with each other; technology impacts our lives in ways we would never have thought possible.

So, it comes as no surprise to learn that technology can be used to enhance the performance of athletes. Position tracking, data analytics, sleep monitoring, health and nutrition – these are four ways that technology is making positive impacts on the lives of athletes.

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