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German World Cup success on Polytan Synthetic Turf

After the national team coached by Joachim Löw went out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, German football fans finally have reason to celebrate! Germany have become the small-sided football world champions in Lisbon. In an exciting final on 29 September, Germany won the game 1-0 against Poland. This was enough to put the coveted World Cup trophy into German hands on the city’s most famous square, the “Praça do Comércio.”

Soccer World Cup Stadium in Lisbon

Socca World Cup Stadium

The final like all other matches was played on “LigaTurf Socca” synthetic turf by Polytan. This surface was specifically created for the World Cup of the International Socca Federation (ISF).

This gives us double cause to celebrate! Firstly, the players on the small-sided game helped Germany become world champions. Secondly, the sensational success in Portugal was also achieved on a Polytan synthetic turf. We congratulate the national team and its coach Malte Froehlich on their magnificent title win and we are looking forward to further exciting games in the future.

Like the robust, easy-care LigaTurf Cross, the LigaTurf Socca synthetic turf combines smooth and textured filaments to deliver the best of both worlds. The exclusive look of the 47 x 28 m large mini pitch on the “Praça do Comércio” in Lisbon came from its unique colour scheme. All smooth fibres are green and all the textured ones are blue. This helped the playing surface become an unmistakable trademark of the Socca World Cup 2018 in Lisbon.

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2018 SOCCA WORLD CUP IN LISBON: POLYTAN SYNTHETIC TURF FOR SMALL-SIDED FOOTBALL WORLD CUP

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

It’s a truism that after every world championship the focus is on the next. The same applies for football. But it would be a mistake to think of 2022 and Qatar already. Because the next World Cup is happening at the end of September and it will be held in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital will play host to 32 teams from around the world as they battle it out for the biggest title in small-sided football. The venue for the Socca World Cup is the stadium in the Praça do Comércio, which has been built specially for this event. This square marks the centre of the vibrant capital city and is where all the matches in the tournament will be held.

Germany’s national team will also be in on the action under the excellent leadership of national coach Malte Froehlich and assistant coach Sebastian Maak. The games will be played just like the “big ones”: the group stage consists of eight groups, each with four teams. The teams all play each other with the aim of finishing in the top two of each group to reach the last sixteen. They then move on to the knockout stage to try and make it to the final on 29 September 2018. The German team’s first opponent is India, followed by Croatia and Angola. The games are played on a half-size pitch – and on synthetic turf from Polytan.

LigaTurf Socca Surface for the 2018 Socca World Cup

Polytan has created the “LigaTurf Socca” playing surface in conjunction with the International Socca Federation (ISF) specifically for this major event. This synthetic turf is custom-made and has smooth and textured filaments like the LigaTurf Cross system, although in this case they are green and blue. And this surface is likewise extremely robust and easy to maintain. Friedemann Söll, Head of Product Management & Marketing at Polytan, comments on “LigaTurf Socca”: “We are proud that our latest technological advances enable us to contribute to an event that brings so much pleasure to people across the world.

Events of this kind show that sports events are moving increasingly from out-of-town stadiums into the inner cities and the big squares where they can reach spectators on an emotional level. We provide easy-to-install, temporary systems to cater for this clearly identifiable trend so that professional sport can be practised in such venues as well. And, needless to say, we are also taking the opportunity to demonstrate the numerous attributes of synthetic turf systems in Lisbon in conjunction with our partner ISF.”

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

Shahzeb Trunkwala, Vice-President of the ISF, emphasised the fact that its partnership with Polytan is set to continue after the current World Cup and into the future. Christoph Koechy, who manages all the sponsorship activities around the World Cup, believes he is receiving the best possible support from Polytan and the “very best artificial turf you can get anywhere.”

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18 August – 2 September • The Asian Games

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The Asian Games is the second biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics. The 18th edition of this spectacular event is currently being held in Jakarta-Palembang from Saturday 18th August – Sunday 2nd September.  The event is conducted every four years and The Asian Games is a sporting event where athletes from all Asian countries come together to compete. From many sports such as archery to water polo, this event is one that can be enjoyed by all. In 1958 hockey joined the Asian Games and has been a popular event ever since.

This fierce hockey tournament is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Hockey Federation. The Asian Hockey Federation govern, develop and promote hockey within the continent along with 31 Member National Associations.

Polytan are proud partners of the Asian Hockey Federation and wish all the teams playing on our synthetic hockey – Poligras surface the best of luck.

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EMMA TONEGATO’S STORY

Emma Tonegato and her team finished 1st in the World Series, 2nd in the Commonwealth Games and 3rd in the World Cup. She was chosen as one of the seven best players for the Season Dream Team of the Year. During March last year Tonegato had surgery on her right shoulder to repair her labrum tear. To her shock, in June she hurt her shoulder again in the last play of the game at the World Series Tournament in Paris.

Tonegato had an MRI when she got back to Australia and doctors confirmed she would require surgery for a shoulder that could dislocate at any time. After speaking together with her doctors and coaches they decided she would attempt to play at the World Cup tournament. Keeping in mind the World Cup was only a month after the World Series Tournament in Paris. Tonegato’s surgery was put on hold until after the World Cup tournament.

She was given a brace positioned around her arm and connected to her opposite leg for training to avoid her dislocating her shoulder. In the back of her mind at training and the tournament she played carefully because she knew her arm could dislodge at any stage. But nothing can stop the fighter in Emma, she still fought through and won bronze from the tournament.

Following the World Cup Emma spent a week on holiday in Mexico and then returned to Australia for the surgery she is recovering from now. The rugby team are currently on leave so she will be spending time with her family while she recovers from her injury. She will miss the two World Series tournaments but will aim to be back in full steam ahead to play in the last four. Emma returns back to training on the 22nd August and is determined to play at the Sydney 7’s in February 2019.

Polytan wish Emma a pleasant and speedy recovery, so she can get back on the rugby field to play the game she loves.

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GOING THE EUROPEAN MILE

The 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin has began and Polytan Germany are proud to have helped design one of the special, innovative features of this event, a second sports venue in the city centre at Breitscheidplatz.

Whilst the majority of events will take place in the Olympiastadion Berlin, the opening and all medal presentations, along with the start and finish of the marathons and other road events will all take place at Breitscheidplatz, where Polytan’s blue track will be framing the event area for the duration, which will really grab spectators’ attention.

In the 84 year history of this event, this is an innovation like non-else. A bridge has been built from the stadium to Berlin’s city centre. This exclusively transformed landscape and exciting atmosphere allows fans to walk to the city centre and celebrate at a huge athletics party called the “European Mile” each day of the event.

Keep an eye out for multiple German Champion and 2012 European Champion, Tantjana Pinto who will be a testimonial on the race track for our SmarTracks performance diagnostic tool and participating in this event. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for her and all the other athletes for a successful European Championship! On your marks, get set, go!

For more information on Polytan’s involvement in this event please click here

For further details on this event please click on the following link :  https://www.berlin2018.info/en/

Polytan an official supplier of the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

7 August – 12 August • European Athletics Championships, Berlin

The 2018 European Athletics Championships is held in Berlin, Germany, from 7 to 12 August 2018.  Athletes from a total of 49 member federations of the European Athletics Association will compete at these Championships. On top of this a total of 30 athletes will complete as Authorised Neutral Athletes and 1 athlete will compete as part of Athlete Refugee Team.

Polytan Germany helped design one of the special features of this European Championship, a second sports venue in the city centre, on Breitscheidplatz to be more precise. Whilst the majority of events will take place in one of the most beautiful athletics stadiums in the world – the Olympiastadion Berlin, the opening and all medal presentations will take place at Breitscheidplatz.

This will be an innovation in the 84-year history of the European Athletics Championships, building a bridge between the stadium and Berlin’s city centre. Konstantin Krause, former athlete and current director of the European Mile, shared his comments on this event:

“There has never been anything like it. It is a courageous step in the right direction for athletics. The athletes, fans and officials are given a place where emotions can be lived and where everyone can really come together. Athletics is truly being brought to the people.”

And Polytan will be fostering this vision in a number of ways. We are supporting the “European Mile” project at Breitscheidplatz as an official supplier of the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Our blue Polytan track will really grab the spectators’ attention, framing the event area for the duration of the European Championships.

Read more about Polytan Germany’s involvement with the 2018 European Athletics Championships >>

Fearnley Dawes Athletics Track, 12 Months On

In May 2017 Polytan completed the track resurfacing for the Fearnley Dawes Athletic Centre, which incorporated a custom designed wheelchair training lane. This incredible facility is the second in the world to include a dedicated wheelchair lane and now enables equal opportunity for all athletes to train and compete side by side.

The Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track is the current training ground for World Championship and Paralympic medallists Christie Dawes, Kurt Fearnley and Rheed McCracken. The facility experienced much attention in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has been progressing forwardS in leaps and bounds ever since the upgrade.

With the facilities reputation increasing substantially and similarly, an increased awareness of inclusivity within sporting and recreational activities developing, the facility has been overwhelmed with further investments.

Some key investments included the Federal Government Stronger Communities Grant, NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grant, a local Newcastle City Council Grant, Little Athletics NSW Grant, a donation from Toro Australia and further cash investments from local businesses in the surrounding community.

This funding has led to facility upgrades such as the creation of a wheelchair sports admin office, a photo finish booth, new IAAF accredited discus and hammer throw cage, shade structures beside the track, new high jump mats, utility vehicles and the assistance in further capital and maintenance works. Updates like these lead to a more appealing, functional and inclusive facility for athletes to train and compete.

Additionally, after the completion of the track upgrade, Polytan partnered with the Newcastle Athletics Field Management Inc in a Gold Level Sponsorship to provide the venue with additional funding for two years.

Twelve months on and the centre has grown dramatically with more people training and competing at the venue than ever before!

For the first time, wheelchair athletes now have the opportunity to train with their friends and colleagues. Incredibly, over 10,000 school students are attending over 25 carnivals in 2018 and there are weekly training sessions from athletic development squads such as Hunter Sports High School, Hunter Academy of Sport and Newcastle Grammar School.

Now, over 600 people have casual training passes which are currently available for 21 hours per week. Wheelchair Sports NSW have regular weekly sessions for people to come and try wheelchair sports sessions supporting the transition into wheelchair sports for disabled athletes.

“In its first season the Newcastle City Little Athletics Centre has doubled its numbers since the resurfacing growing from 110 to 220 Little Athletes!” – Scott Westcott, Facilities Manager

The Fearnley Dawes Centre now pride themselves on being an inclusive venue where able-bodied and the disabled can train alongside each other with the new additional wheelchair lane.

“The unique work by Polytan has been a major driver in turning around what was only a short time ago a rundown and tired facility, now it is a busy and vibrant centre of community sport in the heart of Newcastle.” – Scott Westcott

Providing a successful blueprint for future Australian sporting facilities, Polytan are keen to continue raising awareness about the benefits of developing inclusive sporting facilities.

“We want to see every state and territory in Australia embrace an athletics tracks with dedicated wheelchair facilities.  Polytan will provide advice and education to any facility looking to become inclusive and wishing to increase sport participation for the entire community” – Paul Kamphuis, General Manager, Polytan Asia Pacific.

With so many achievable and affordable ways to create inclusive sporting facilities, Polytan recognises that education is the key to change and as such have partnered with Victoria Disability Sport and Recreation, to help raise awareness within the community.

Learn about the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards this August >>

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