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Big Stadium Hockey Wins SAPCA Prize and Shortlisted for Cutting Edge Sports Industry Award

Polytan Turf a Key Player in Hockey Innovation

It’s not every day that you find a hockey pitch sharing the same space as a two-hour marathon and finishing top in the innovation awards. But then neither is it every day that you see world class hockey being played in front of record crowds on what, just days before, was a rugby pitch.

Revolutionising sport and spaces, allowing the game to be played anywhere, in front of new and bigger crowds, in new environments and in a far more sustainable way, is at the heart of Big Stadium Hockey.

This is how Big Stadium Hockey earned its way onto the shortlist for the Cutting Edge Sport Award at this year’s coveted Sports Industry Awards and scooped the prize for ‘Most innovative Project’ at the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) future-gazing conference on 24 February. It’s a new space for us to play, and that’s entirely appropriate.

A game-changing solution

Big Stadium Hockey – a collective initiative spearheaded by England Hockey – drew on specialist expertise from Polytan, STRI Group, Permavoid and the FIH to provide the answer to one of hockey’s big questions. The sport’s high tech, high spec, perfectly flat surfaces have traditionally restricted the game to smaller, hockey-specific venues. A game captive to its own performance standards, how could it break free of its own walls without sacrificing the quality of its pitch and play?

It was a big challenge and Polytan – a Sport Group Company – were delighted to be a leading part of the answer. Because the answer has been a game-changing one.

The world’s first elite level portable pitch system for hockey

As part of this collaborative partnership, we developed the ground-breaking pitch technology which transformed The Stoop, home of Harlequins Rugby into a world-class hockey venue. Two international fixtures were played in front of the biggest crowds that the sport had seen in the UK since the 2012 Olympic Games. The pitch was… well, pitch perfect, despite having been a rugby pitch just days previously. The technology has been used again in Ireland and will allow hockey to return to The Stoop in May this year. It is helping to grow the game worldwide because it has given hockey the freedom to go where it wants.

Turf Responsibly: Green Technology

It’s good for players, for fans and for the game. But it goes bigger than the game. It is good for the planet. The turf used at The Stoop is Poligras Tokyo GT, which is the surface for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. This surface was designed to support Tokyo’s goal for a carbon neutral games and utilises filaments from over 60% renewable raw materials derived from sugar cane. It requires up to 65% less water than other elite surfaces, the portable pitch system uses recycled materials in its manufacturing and each system layer is reusable over and over again. The turf from The Stoop has been permanently installed at Bisham Abbey, England, meaning that not only was the turf surface the most environmentally friendly on the planet, but by being re-installed in a new location we can extend its life and legacy as well as continuing to reduce our carbon production footprint.

A win : win

Winning SAPCA’s top spot for innovation and being shortlisted for a Sports Industry Award amidst a heady line-up of cutting-edge initiatives in sport is an exciting space to be. Whether we scoop the award in April or not though, the sport of hockey and the pitch we created are in an incredibly exciting place. Because they can go anywhere now.

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Australia’s newest premier domestic field hockey competition


Australia’s newest premier domestic field hockey competition by Hockey Australia is here!  The Sultana Bran Hockey One league showcases seven men’s & women’s teams, with the competition running over seven weeks, finishes with the Grand Finals on Saturday 16 November!

Polytan Brand Ambassadors, Blake Govers (NSW Pride), Emily Smith (NSW Pride) and Jeremy Hayward (Tassie Tigers) take part in this new format with a number of experienced players and some of Australia’s exciting up and coming talent.

6 of the 7 Hockey One Venues, Polytan installed the Poligras synthetic surface:

  • State Netball and Hockey Centre, VIC
  • Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, NSW
  • State Hockey Centre, QLD
  • National Hockey Centre, ACT
  • State Hockey Centre, SA
  • Tasmanian Hockey Centre, TAS

7 Hockey One teams are:

  • Hockey Club Melbourne
  • NSW Pride
  • Brisbane Blaze
  • Canberra Chill
  • Perth Thunders
  • Adelaide Fire
  • Tassie Tigers

Support your Hockey One Team today!
Book your tickets through Ticketek!

Image reads "For Tokyo, For the Planet. One Year to Go. Tokyo GT brings sustainable hockey to Tokyo 2020, 60% sugarcane, 2/3 less water and saves CO2. Turf Responsibly.

For Tokyo. For the Planet

There’s one year to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the hockey venues are underway and on track. The competition matches will be played at Oi Hockey Stadium where construction started in late 2018 and the final surfacing was completed in June 2019.

Poligras Tokyo GT – supporting Tokyo’s carbon neutral vision

With superior player and environmental performance Poligras Tokyo GT has been chosen as the hockey turf for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Poligras Tokyo GT is the first hockey turf to be made from regrowable raw materials and was designed to support Tokyo’s ambitious carbon-neutral targets and FIH’s commitment to sustainable hockey.

The turf features breakthrough Green Technology:

  • Made from 60% sugar cane
  • Requires 2/3 less water than previous Olympic turfs

Climate Positive Hockey

‘I’m Green™ polyethylene, developed by Braskem, is a plastic obtained from ethanol derived from sugar cane that has already been processed for food. The sugar cane captures carbon dioxide from the environment, which means for every kilogram of polyethylene used in the Olympic hockey turfs almost five kilograms of CO2 will be saved.

Poligras Tokyo GT turfs have already been installed in nine countries as clubs, colleges, hockey associations and cities make the commitment to ‘turf responsibly’.

This is positive for hockey, for Tokyo and the planet.

An unrivaled Olympic history

Tokyo 2020 continues Sport Group’s long association with the Olympic Games. Sport Group’s brands, AstroTurf and Polytan have provided the hockey turfs for 9 of the 12 Olympics which have featured hockey on synthetic turf.

For more on the Turf Responsibility Campaign

Poligras Tokyo GT at Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Poligras Tokyo GT at Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Silhouette image of a hockey player with writing that says "23rd - 25th July National Sports Convention. Loads of prizes and giveaways. Play to Win in the NSC Activation Zone. BLK Performance Centre, Abel Sports, Polytan and JDH"

Play to win in the activation zone!

BLK Performance Centre, Abel Sports, JDH and Polytan have joined together to share the activation space opposite the Polytan Exhibit at the National Sports Convention. You’re not going to want to miss out on all the exciting competitions and prizes to be won!.

Experience what it’s like to perform on Polytan’s premium quality hockey surface, Tokyo GT in this activation space. This revolutionary and innovative surface is the first in history to be made from sugar cane and will be the system used for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games.

Stretch your legs and have some fun with these activities:

The Polytan & JDH Competition 

  • Using Polytan SmarTracks technology you will dribble a hockey ball and stick from point A to B and back again.  If you can do it faster than Jamie Dwyer – you go in the draw to win!
  • Use your skills to get your hockey ball past our goal keeper Jamie Dwyer and go into the draw to WIN a free hockey session with Olympic hockey legend, Jamie Dwyer at your local school or sporting club!
  • Spot prizes by Jamie Dwyer and his personal brand JDH will also be available throughout the event!


Abel Sports Competition 

  • Drop your business card in to Abel sports exhibition to be in the draw to take home a soccer goals from this event!


BLK Performance Centre Competition

  • Delegates will race to dress themselves with BLK Performance clothing before dribbling a hockey ball across the surface to then complete a puzzle. Once the delegate completes the puzzle they manoeuvre back to the start line. Clothing prizes, online vouchers and BLK spot prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female competitors throughout the games. Jamie Dwyer will also be in the mix for a bit of fun during these activities. Have you ever raced against an Olympian?


If you’re attending this event then why not check out these great activities to get you moving around after the plenary sessions at the National Sports Convention?

The exhibition hall will be open all day and is free to enter.  If your attending presentations, come and see us on your lunch breaks!

For more on Polyan Competitions at the National Sports Convention. 

Visit BLK Performance Centre 

Visit Abel Sports 

Visit Jamie Dwyer Hockey (JDH)



Polytan are proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor at Australia’s leading community sport and recreation convention, The National Sports Convention.

The Sports Surfaces Industry Tour’s will kick things off on Tuesday morning and will be exploring some of Victoria’s newest and most innovative sports and facility developments.  The tour will include a visit to the Polytan and APT manufacturing facility in Dandenong South and also include a hands on demonstration of SmarTracks – the world’s leading performance diagnostics wearable system helping athletes everywhere optimize their performance.

In celebration of Polytan’s 50th anniversary, this year there will be plenty of competitions and prizes up for grabs at Polytan’s exhibit over Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July.

How to enter?

Simply open your Polytan & Rekortan Lindt chocolate bar found in your delegate satchel to see if you have won a lucky Polytan Gold or Silver Ticket!

If you find one of these lucky tickets visit Polytan at stand 163 to collect your exclusive prize!

Image saying " Polytan Golden Ticket Competition, WIN 2 Grand Final Tickets to the AFL or NRL. Every National Sports Convention Satchel has a chance to win!"

How to enter?

To be in the draw there are two ways to enter this competition!

  #1  Panna Hockey Competition with Jamie Dwyer

Hit the hockey ball past Jamie and into the goals to go in the draw to WIN!

  #2 BEAT Jamie Dwyer on Polytan SmarTracks!

Dribble and manoeuvre the hockey ball around obstacle’s on Polytan’s elite hockey surface Tokyo GT, using the SmarTracks diagnostics system.

If you can beat Jamie’s time you go straight into the draw to WIN this awesome prize for your club or school.

Closing date and time for all Polytan National Sports Convention competitions is 5pm, Thursday 25th July 2019.

Click here to register for your Polytan and APT Sports Surfaces Industry Tour!

Win with Jamie Competition Image


Competition Terms & Conditions

* Polytan will not be liable for any injuries or medical conditions occurred while competing for these prizes at the 2019 National Sports Convention. 

* Personal contact details must be provided by the winners so Polytan can organise the winning prizes accordingly.  Refusal to comply will result in disqualification from the competition.

*Polytan Gold and Silver Ticket Prizes must be claimed in person at stand 163 by 5pm on Thursday 25th July 2019 unless otherwise advised by Polytan. After this time unclaimed prizes will be deemed null and void.

*Where prizes are posted out Polytan accept no liability for the safe and effective postal delivery of a prize.

*In certain situations subject to Polytan’s discretion a winner may designate a representative to collect their prize. The representative will be asked to provide written authorisation from the winner and identification for both the winner and representative.

*Where a winner chooses not to accept a prize, they forfeit any and all claims to that prize, which will be dealt with at Polytan’s discretion.

*All prizes are accepted at the risk of the winner and Polytan excludes all warranties in connection with any prize.

*Competitors may be required by Polytan to participate in a promotional photo, video and/or film session and acknowledge that Polytan has the right to use such publicity photos, videos and/or films, unless the contestant informs Polytan at the time of entering that they wish to retain their anonymity. 

*Any photos, videos, film/footage, audio/recording taken of competitors become the property of Polytan, which may be used where Polytan sees fit.

*Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

* Golden Ticket winners have the choice of either two (2) AFL Grand Final Tickets held in Victoria, or two (2) NRL Grand Final Tickets to be held in New South Wales.

*Only Australian and New Zealand residents are permitted enter.  

*The field hockey training session with Jamie Dwyer (prize), can only be scheduled to take place within Australia or New Zealand, will run for a maximum of 2 hours, and be made for a mutually agreeable date and time with Polytan, Jamie Dwyer and the recipient.

Image of a diamond on the left, athletics track in the background and text which reads "The IAAF Diamond League Comes to the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm"


With exposed red handmade bricks and round arches, the listed stadium in Stockholm is an architectural jewel dating back to 1912. At that time, it was built according to the plans of Swedish architect, Torben Grut for the fifth modern Olympic Games. Today, it still serves as a venue for international sports competitions.

The 30th May 2019 was an important date in the events calendar at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. On this day, the IAAF Diamond League took place for the eighth time in a row at the stadium as part of the Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics meet after Doha on 3 May and Shanghai on 18 May.

It will be the third Diamond League meeting of the 2019 season. The best athletes in the world competed for victory at the Stockholm stadium on a Polytan tartan track.

The IAAF Diamond League will visit this same surface at four other athletics stadiums worldwide for this event.


World-class athletics and sports have a long tradition of being held at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. The DN Galan international sports festival has been held here since 1967.

Due to a change of sponsorship it was renamed to Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics. Since 2010, this venue has been an integral part of the IAAF Diamond League.

Other sporting highlights held in the stadium during 1956 included the Olympic Equestrian Games and between 1956 and 2013 the successful Swedish football club Djurgårdens IF home games. The Stockholm Marathon, which finishes in the Olympic Stadium is also an annual source of excitement.

If you want to enjoy the extraordinary stadium architecture minus the sports, you can also attend concerts by internationally renowned artists.


Now, Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium is once again in its original condition and features around 14,500 partially covered seats in its historic visitors’ stands. An extra stand was added for the European Athletics Championships in 1958 and was demolished two decades later because its concrete design disturbed the balanced overall style of the venue.

In 1912 this venue held the Stockholm Olympic Games. Architect Torben Grut exclusively selected building materials sourced from Sweden including Väto granite for the foundations and approximately 400,000 hand-crafted bricks from Helsingborg.


In order to provide athletes with optimal training and competition conditions, synthetic surfaces for stadiums must be renewed every 10 to 30 years. A professional re-topping by Polytan can expand the life of your track.

The lifespan of a synthetic sports surface depends on the usage intensity and the extent of weathering. Solid synthetic surfaces (also referred to as poured floors) are significantly longer lasting than structural spray-coated surfaces (also known as spray coating or sprayed surfaces).

Image of the athletics track at Stockholm Stadium


In the summer of 2014, the old circular track at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium was replaced by a modern Polytan high-speed polyurethane surface. The choice fell on a waterproof Rekortan PUR surface, which has already achieved numerous records and best times worldwide.


  • The ideal combination of an elastic base layer and solid construction
  • High acceleration
  • Energy-enhancing tread elasticity
  • High load capacity and a long lifespan of up to 30 years
  • Interspersed EPDM granules in the top layer make the sports surface ideal for running shoes with spikes
  • Certifiable according to IAAF requirements

Polytan Rekortan PUR surfaces feature a thicker base and thinner top layer. Like all running tracks made by a sports flooring specialist, this high-speed synthetic surface is installed seamlessly on site using the in-situ installation method.

Polytan uses high-quality rubber granules for its surface coatings. Depending on the thickness, shape, quantity and scattering, these granules determine the functional properties of the synthetic surface, such as the energy-enhancing tread elasticity.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our sports surfaces and provide advice to help you find the right surface for your new training ground. Please do not hesitate to contact us here.


A few years ago, running tracks were installed exclusively in classic brick red, today the use of other colours has become popular. The most famous example is the blue track at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which has already found numerous imitators worldwide.

However, in the venerable Olympic Stadium in Stockholm the traditional red tracks have been retained in keeping with the russet brick architecture of the Stockholm stadium itself. The blue sections create highlights, which visually enhance the high, long, triple jump and pole vaulting areas and lend a special touch to the layout.


The opportunity to install one of our modern athletic running tracks in such a historic and architecturally unique outdoor sports arena as the Stockholm Olympic Stadium is always an extraordinary event and a great honour for us and our employees.

Given that international athletics track and field competitions such as the third Diamond League for the 2019 season are being held at this venue, shows that athletes from around the world enjoy performing at their best on a Polytan athletics track surface.

We wish all athletes the best of luck when competing and performing on our high speed synthetic surface!



National Sports Convention graphic explaining that Polytan is a sponsor of this event

2019 National Sports Convention

Australasia’s leading community sport and recreation convention will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 July 2019.

Attendees from sport government and education sectors will unite together at the National Sports Convention to encourage sport participation.

As the largest community sport and recreational sharing event for the year there will be more co-located conferences, forums and events to inspire more people to be active!

Visit us at stand 163! 

Image of Diamond with Polytan athletics track in the background


The IAAF Diamond League is one of the highest level athletics event in the world. The world’s best athletes compete in 32 track and field events at the Diamond League and some which will be performed on Polytan Asia Pacific (Polytan) surface.

As a score point system, athletes will have to perform at their very best to climb their way up the system to become Diamond League Champions.

Winners in their field will receive a Diamond Trophy along with USD $50,000, plus a wildcard into the 2019 World Athletics Championships.


For the ninth time in a row, the IAAF Diamond League kicks off at Qatar SC Stadium in Doha on the 3rd May 2019. Athletes will be competing on Polytan’s high speed Rekortan PUR athletics track surface.

IAAF Diamond League Champions will be selected on 29 August in Zurich and 6 September in Brussels.

This stadium is ready for the World Athletics Championships, which will be held from 27 September – 6 October 2019.

Image of Doha Khalita International Stadium

Doha Khalita International Stadium


The IAAF Diamond League will also be held at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on 30 May 2019. Athletes will also be competing on a Polytan high speed Rekortan PUR track surface.

Rekortan PUR has been added in the colour blue to highlight the high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vaulting areas.

Image of Olympic Stadium Stockholm

Olympic Stadium Stockholm


The next stop is Bislett Stadium in Oslo, where Polytan installed the IAAF Class 1 Spurtan WS circular athletics track running surface.

This surface has high water permeability and meets international athletics expectations for major sporting events such as the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Three-time and five timeWorld Champion, Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia made an athletics world record running in the women’s 5,000 metres in only 14:11.15 minutes at the 2008 IAAF Golden League on a Polytan athletics track.

This athletics world record has still not been broken as of today (March 2019).

Image of Stade Moulay Abdallah, Morocco

Stade Moulay Abdallah, Morocco


During 2016, the Diamond League visited Africa for the first time ever. The second largest stadium in Morocco called Stade Moulay Abdallah, received a new IAAF Class 1 Polytan Rekortan M track in Moroccan national colours red and green.

In the first year the surface was installed there were four world records, two national records and ten event records on the Polytan athletics surface!


The final venue for the 2019 IAAF Diamond League will be at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, UK.

Every year the British Athletics Championships are held at this location on a IAAF Class 2 Certified Polytan track surface.

During December, 2017 Alexander Stadium, Birmingham was the chosen athletics track and field venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Top level athletic performances have been proven on many of these Polytan athletics track surfaces from personal best record times, national records, world records and so on.

Time after time, Polytan have provided athletes with the ability to compete at their ultimate level of performance.


Polytan Bali International Disabled Lawn Bowls Open with BSF Asia

Polytan Bali International Disabled Lawn Bowls Open with BSF Asia

Between Wednesday 1st May and Saturday 4th May 2019, the first ever Polytan Bali International Disabled Lawn Bowls BSF Asia event was held in Bali, Indonesia.

It was a HUGE HIT! From singles, doubles to team events, Polytan and BSF Asia were amazed with the athletes outstanding performance.

BSF Asia and Polytan’s collaboration began 5 years ago when Polytan visited Bali for their Annual Agent Conference.  At this conference Polytan donated a Laykold sports surface, lawn bowls green and accessible toilet to the BSF Sports hall after hearing all the incredible work the foundation had been undertaking.

Polytan raised funds to purchase, build and donate 20 basketball wheelchairs for BSF Asia to assist them with their newly established sports programmes.

This allowed BSF Asia to create the BSF wheelchair basketball program, which became a massive success with 90% of the Indonesian Wheelchair Basketball team competing at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta thanks to BSF’s successful programs.

Honoured to make such a major difference to BSF Asia, Polytan will continue to support those living with a disability throughout Asia and highly support getting behind such an incredible organisation like BSF Asia.

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