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From a Moonee Ponds athletics track to Tokyo Paralympics: How Maria Strong won bronze with the support of inclusivity advocates Polytan and Disability Sport & Recreation

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As the world’s leading business dedicated to the design, construction and maintenance of sports facilities, Polytan aims to empower athletes to achieve their very best. Thanks to Polytan’s renewed partnership with Disability Sport & Recreation (DSR), inclusivity and accessibility continue to be a priority in the design and construction of all their sports facilities. Together with DSR, Polytan is working to enable athletes of all abilities to reach their full potential.

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FIH Olympics Partnership Announcement

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Polytan (a member of Sport Group) extend worldwide hockey partnership with shared ambition to ensure hockey continues to be progressive in the development of sustainable sports facilities and becomes a leader in this field

The partnership will focus on FIH’s three key sustainability pillars:

  • People – having a positive impact on all those involved in hockey
  • Planet – leaving as small a footprint on the world as possible
  • Prosperity – creating a thriving future for hockey

As part of the agreement, Polytan has been chosen to provide Poligras hockey turf for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, FIH Hockey World Cups (2022 / 2023) and FIH Hockey 5s World Cup 2024. Polytan is committed to ensuring its Poligras hockey turfs are leaders in green technology.

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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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Artificial turf can prevent injuries

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Preventing injuries is a top priority for sports coaches, so when the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada was held on artificial turf for the first time, everyone held their breath. Would this new surface help to prevent injuries or would it be a disaster waiting to happen?

Australian Sports and Leisure Management reported that the 2015 FIFA World Cup had the lowest number of injuries per match, compared to the previous decade.

Gunyama Park Aquatic & Recreation Centre Multipurpose Synthetic Field

Polytan is proud to be providing the design and construction of a new multipurpose synthetic field as part of the new $90 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre project.

Taking inspiration taken from iconic ocean swimming locations in Sydney, this state-of-the-art sporting hub will also include swimming pools, picnic areas, a playground, a covered outdoor yoga deck, and a fitness training circuit.

Following a COVID safe plan and social distancing onsite, Polytan kicked off the installation of the new synthetic field this week. Polytan will be installing the popular premium quality, Australian Made Ligaturf HB260 artificial turf in combination with a 23mm ProPlay shock pad. The Ligaturf range is manufactured by fellow Sport Group company, APT Asia Pacific, at their ISO:9001 Approved factory in Melbourne, VIC. This will be the first synthetic field for the progressive City of Sydney.

Find out what the amazing new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will look like by taking part in the virtual tour below!

Polytan is proud to be providing the design and construction of a new multipurpose synthetic field as part of the new $90 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre project.

Taking inspiration taken from iconic ocean swimming locations in Sydney, this state-of-the-art sporting hub will also include swimming pools, picnic areas, a playground, a covered outdoor yoga deck, and a fitness training circuit.

Following a COVID safe plan and social distancing onsite, Polytan kicked off the installation of the new synthetic field this week. Polytan will be installing the popular premium quality, Australian Made Ligaturf HB260 artificial turf in combination with a 23mm ProPlay shock pad. The Ligaturf range is manufactured by fellow Sport Group company, APT Asia Pacific, at their ISO:9001 Approved factory in Melbourne, VIC. This will be the first synthetic field for the progressive City of Sydney.

Find out what the amazing new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will look like by taking part in the virtual tour below!

Virtual Tour of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre:

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Are all running tracks the same size?

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World Athletics ( formerly the International Amateur Athletic Federation) has established global standards for sporting events since 1913 and the running track distance is one of their mandates. So, all running tracks are built in compliance with World Athletics guidelines. However, since the running tracks are oval in shape, are all the tracks of equal length?

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