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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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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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