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POLYTAN BIDS FAREWELL TO A HOCKEY GREAT. • DAVID PORTER RETIRES

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It is the end of an era and Polytan would like to wish David Porter from Porter Consulting Engineer best wishes on his retirement.

David has a long connection with hockey and has been involved in the design and development of numerous hockey facilities in Western Australia. As a fitting farewell, Paul Kamphuis was there to present David with a Jamie Dwyer signed Kookaburra hockey shirt.

Everyone from Polytan and the Sport Group would like to say thank you for what he has done for hockey and his support of Polytan over the years.

All the best in your new adventures.

POLYTAN SURFACE SHINES IN MORROCCO • IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE IN AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME

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IAAF Diamond League in Africa for the first time. Polytan scoring top marks for our synthetic surface at this inaugural meeting in Morocco.

Now in its seventh year, the IAAF Diamond League has firmly established itself on the international elite sport calendar as a high-carat series of athletics events. Having been held in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, one of the 14 competition days of the season has now been staged in Africa for the first time, with some of the world´s best athletes competing for the coveted podium finishes in Rabat on 22 May 2016. The “Meeting International Mohammed VI d´Athlétisme Rabat” thus replaces New York as a host venue.

The German sports surface specialist from Burgheim won the contract for installing a new synthetic surface in Morocco´s second largest stadium, the Stade Moulay Abdallah, at the beginning of 2016. That makes it the fifth Diamond League stadium already to have a Polytan sports surface. The main challenge was that the IAAF Class 1 certified surface had to be laid and certified in a near-record time of just 4 weeks – despite sometimes difficult weather conditions.

The inaugural event in Africa, which was something of a milestone in the development of sport on the continent, proved to be a huge success for everyone involved: four world bests for the year, two national records and ten meeting records delighted athletes, spectators and the organisers alike. The performance of the Ethiopian Almaz Ayana in particular led to frenetic celebrations after she ran the fifth fastest 5,000 metres time in history on the track. She was less than six seconds behind the world record, just two behind her personal best time.

And the athletes themselves were full of praise. Long-jump winner Rushwal Samaai: “This is the best competition that I have ever been in. Everything was amazing, the new track is also very good. My technique worked well and my run up is getting better. The most important for me is to be consistent in all my competitions because the level in this event is extremely high”.

All the athletics disciplines were held on the fast Polytan M synthetic surface, which in the Stade Moulay Abdallah was installed in the national colours of red and green. The competition surfaces are laid in classic tile red, all other side and ancillary areas in signal green, a strong shade that is similar in colour to the green star in the Moroccan flag.

HERO CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY • LONDON 2016

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Carla Nebreda, FIH Commercial Coordinator shared a photograph from today´s full rehearsal in London ahead of the first match tomorrow.

“The carpet in the players’ tunnel looks absolutely amazing, it has just been in place for 12 hours and I have heard so many positive comments about it!

It complements the branded walls and the event look and feel fantastically.

Many many thanks for your help in making this happen”, said Carla.

NEW TRACKS FROM POLYTAN FOR SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK • SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK ATHLETIC CENTRE

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Berlin competition fair for Sydney

The home of Australia’s and NSW’s track and field, Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre (SOPAC) has undergone a significant $2.3 million facelift. The two full sized tracks have now been given new Rekortan synthetic surfaces from Polytan ensuring SOPAC maintains it’s standing as a worldclass facility and importantly meets the requirements of IAAF to continue to hold international events.

A new colour scheme was approved, Hertha blue with Light grey. This combination found fame when it was used for the first time in Berlin´s Olympic Stadium and has since met with strong approval worldwide. The Australian Athletics Championships will be held here providing our athletes the best possible preparation competing on a brand new track in final preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The main stadium and warm-up arena are complete with a covered stand for over 5,000 spectators and additional seating for some 9,000 people is provided by grassed banks. The floodlighting was upgraded for both areas, with the main stadium receiving a 7.00 x 6.00 m video screen.

Both tracks received a new base from Polytan between October 2015 and February 2016. The water-impermeable, multi-layered solid synthetic system Rekortan was the surface of choice providing good acceleration and optimum player comfort whilst maintaining high abrasion resistance and excellent suitability for spiked running shoes, all thanks to EPDM granules interspersed in the wear layer. IAAF Class 1 certified track rounds off the high-quality features of this facility.

“Since February 2016, athletes in the Competition Arena at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre have been doing battle on the multi-layer synthetic Rekortan M99 surface (Polytan PUR).

Photography, Delly Carr, Courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority

SEVEN-YEAR COLLABORATION SIGNED WITH FIH • A SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP

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Olympic Games and world championships… To be played on Polytan turfs.

In a recent press release, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) was pleased to confirm Polytan as their official Global Supplier. In this role, Polytan is the sole provider of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups as well as for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is a seven-year partnership with an option for a two-year extension up to the 2024 Olympic Games.

This partnership is part of the Hockey Revolution strategy that was initiated in 2014. The strategy is a ten-year development concept aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

The additional contractual agreement to jointly develop an FIH World Cup hockey turf also highlights that collaboration between the FIH and Polytan brings fantastic opportunities for both sides. This not only drives forward hockey turf technology at a very high level of performance, but also builds brand equity for FIH. In return, FIH will support Polytan’s commercial activities in traditional European markets and in the growth markets of China and India. These also include coordinated marketing campaigns.

Speaking about this news, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said: “We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, an organisation that has built a solid foundation of trust having delivered a number of world class hockey turfs over the years, including at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic venues. Being named as our Global Supplier is recognition of both their continued investment in our sport and their innovative approach to developing top quality surfaces to play hockey on.”

FIH President, Leandro Negre, added: “Polytan’s commitment to hockey and growing the game, along with their professional approach and renowned quality ensured this was the perfect match for both organisations. We look forward to working with them to build hockey over the coming years through their commitment to and engagement in our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.”

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup (owners of Polytan), commented: “This relationship is incredibly important for the future of hockey, a sport which we firmly believe in. That’s why we have done everything in our power to develop class-leading products to enable us to become a strong partner that FIH can trust.”

He continued: “This has involved a considerable amount of investment which has seen our experts draw upon the knowledge of FIH and seek practical input from the sport’s leading athletes. This shows just how passionate we are about providing the best for our customers – something that will be recognised by the sport as we continue to work with FIH to develop hockey over the coming years as part of our relationship.”

The partnership with Polytan comes shortly after the launch of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf. This is an internationally recognised quality-assurance programme that ensures the sustainability, affordability and accessibility of good quality hockey fields for all levels of play, from elite competition to community development. Created as part of the Hockey Revolution, the programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards and protects the investment made by facility owners.

About FIH:
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the global association for hockey, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The FIH was founded in 1924 and today comprises 132 national member associations.
www.fih.ch.

About Polytan:
To make the optimal surface for sporting success – that has been the ideal pursued by Polytan since 1969. With a constant eye on the latest findings in the field of sports medicine, the specialist in outdoor sports surfaces is continuously refining its synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf systems. Today´s synthetic turf pitches not only feel like real grass, for example, they also have excellent playing qualities. High-quality synthetic surfaces now range from shock-absorbing soft-impact surfaces and multi-functional all-weather pitches all the way to high-speed surfaces for international athletics events. As well as developing, manufacturing and fitting its own sports surfaces, the spectrum of services provided by Polytan also includes line markings, repairs, cleaning and maintenance. All products meet current national and international standards and are duly certified by international sports federations such as FIFA, FIH and IAAF.

CONGRATULATIONS… JAMIE DWYER • 350TH GAME FOR AUSTRALIA

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Congratulation to our very own Poligras Brand Ambassador Jamie Dwyer on his 350th game for Australia.
Watch him play in the semi-final of the world league series in India. We are all behind you, we hope you win.

Congratulations to a remarkable player and achievement!

CONGRATULATIONS… WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT! • WINNERS OF AN ESTO AWARDS

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Last week representatives from all sectors of the turf industry came together in Cologne, Germany for the 2015 ESTO (European Synthetic Turf Organisation) Awards.

Polytan received the 2015 Innovation Award for the London Olympic hockey fields project, with Rob Kirkwood and Shaun Goudie there to accept the award.

We would also like to congratulate FIH whom won the Sports Governing Body Lifetime Achievement award and next year will celebrate 40 years since synthetic turf was introduced at the first Olympic Games for Hockey.

We also would like to send out a heartfelt congratulations to Alastair Cox of Alastair Cox Associates who was added to the ESTO Awards Hall of Fame in recognition for their service to the industry.

To see more on the event: http://www.theesto.com/esto-news-link/esto-awards-2015-cologne-germany-recognition-celebrating-the-best-of-the-synthetic-turf-industry-every-photo-tells-a-story

(Photograph featuring Shaun Goudie, Rob Kirkwood and some of the Polytan Germany and Melos representatives)

TRUST HOUSE MEMORIAL PARK AN ARTIFICIAL SUCCESS • TRUST HOUSE MEMORIAL PARK

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In just 5 months Masterton’s Trust House Memorial Park synthetic rugby pitch has already had 10,000 people play or train on their state-of-the-art LigaTurf surface installed by Polytan.

Heading into the hardcore rugby area of the Wairarapa Bush, CEO Tony Hargood and All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore discuss how their new artificial turf has positively impacted the Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union and the community.

https://youtu.be/sdnZiDJt_vs

ULTIMATE SOCCER LAUNCHES 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL • FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL • FAIRFIELD, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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Ultimate Soccer launches Australia’s nursery for 5-a-side football.

Polytan is proud to have been invited to design and construct the most recent state-of-the-art 5-a-side football facility in Fairfield. The UK-inspired center has completed Stage 1 of what will eventually be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest 5-a-side soccer facility, with a total of 15 pitches expected to be completed before the end of 2016.

Stage 1 involved design, bulk earthworks, revolutionary drainage, pavement construction, concrete works, ‘cage-design’ fencing system, new lighting and high-performance synthetic grass surfaces for eight new all-weather soccer pitches.

First challenge was to deal with a previously undiscovered massive stormwater pipe running the entire length of the proposed site of the new pitches. The unforeseen delay created some pressure to our ability to meet the original deadline for completion so what else could we do but muster all hands on deck and work long days to ensure we didn’t let our client down.

In the end, the project was actually delivered ahead of time, much to the delight of the team at Ultimate Soccer… and today, the flagship facility boasts top-quality pitches capable of all-weather play, featuring the latest turf technology for exceptional conditions all year round, come rain, hail or shine.

We’re thrilled to have been involved in this outstanding development for Australian football now dubbed the ‘nursery of our nation’s football’. This amazing complex is sure to support a new generation of youthful footballers – and former stars alike – who have the opportunity to develop their skills and enjoy one of Australia’s top-class facilities.

A WIN FOR SYNTHETIC FOOTBALL FIELDS • FIFA 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP RECORDS THE LEAST INJURIES IN ALMOST A DECADE

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Australian Sports and Leisure Management recently posted an article on the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup which recorded the least injuries per match in almost a decade.

The article read:

“While leading international women´s footballers led a campaign against the use of artificial turf for the recent 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada, the technical study on the competition from world football´s governing body has reported that “there was no significant difference regarding injuries sustained there and those on grass at previous editions.”

The first ever FIFA World Cup held on artificial turf, the surface technology was in the spotlight throughout the tournament. However, FIFA´s 232-page Technical Report and Statistics refuted concerns that the artificial turf surface would result in injuries.

The study complied information from team doctors who were asked to report all injuries incurred by their players during each match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The report, released six weeks after the United States defeated Japan in the final, showed that the overall injury rate was 2.1 injuries per match – lower than the overall injury rate at both the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups, both of which were played on grass.

The 2.1% injury rate also was equal to or lower than injury rates during women’s football at the previous four Olympic Games (which were all played on grass). ”

The article continued: “In terms of fan experience, the turf didn’t appear to bother fans either, as more than 1.35 million spectators attended matches at the six Canadian venues, and record-breaking television audiences tuned into coverage in 188 territories – confirming that World Cup is the world’s largest women’s single-sport event.”

Click here to view the full article

Great to see the sporting bodies, like FIFA, supporting artificial sports surfaces, leading the way to the future.

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