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synthetic pitch for Super League

Professionals at top-flight club FC Thun have been playing their home games on a synthetic pitch since the Stockhorn Arena was opened in July 2011. The turf that had been there from the start had to be replaced in June 2016 as it was worn out, and the club opted for the LigaTurf RS Pro II CoolPlus. The synthetic turf system from Polytan is certified with the “FIFA Quality Pro“ seal of approval. Not only does this demonstrate the high quality of the new sports surface, but it also makes the pitch officially suitable for international fixtures. The pitch was designed and installed by Bächler + Güttinger AG of Kiesen.

The decision in favour of synthetic turf enables three teams to train and play at the Stockhorn Arena all year round without having to put up with the disruption caused by bad weather. Officials specifically selected the LigaTurf RS Pro II CoolPlus synthetic turf system from Polytan on the basis of recommendations from other stadiums and the good price-performance ratio.

The Stockhorn Arena means that there are now two football stadiums in Switzerland where Super League matches are played on synthetic pitches. The first was the Stade de Suisse in Bern. BSC Young Boys, the holders of several Swiss titles, have played there on a LigaTurf RS Pro CoolPlus pitch from Polytan since 2014. It is also “FIFA Quality Pro“ certified.

(Photo: Ben Wiesenfarth)

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Extraordinary running tracks

Training conditions for amateur and professional athletes in the municipality of Evje og Hornnes in the south of Norway have been extraordinarily good since the installation of a new athletic facility: as the first sports facility in this Scandinavian country, the Hornnes Idrettspark has both a heated track and a soft, springy one designed to be easy on the joints, which makes it ideal for daily or intensive training sessions.

Spurtan WSS, an all-round surface for professional requirements, has been installed on all the red running and run-up tracks. The 15 mm thick synthetic coating is water-permeable so that rainwater can also drain away vertically, thus reducing the amount of surface water on the track. The structured surface is also designed to be non-slip and ideally suited to spikes. As the main sprint track, lane number four has undersoil heating to keep it free of ice and snow all year.
The structure of the seventh, green “jogging lane” was installed in line with the specific requirements of the customer, who wanted a springy base for high-volume running, all types of intervals (sprint and distance intervals) and plyometric work, which is special jump training designed to increase power and improve performance. With a surface that is easy on the joints, the track is also suitable for amateur athletes carrying extra weight.
The training and competition conditions in the Hornnes Idrettspark are unique in Norway and can be attributed to the commitment of national coach Olav Tveitå. He is particularly thrilled by the success of the green track: “Professional and ama­teur athletes from the local area are delighted and put in 90 per cent of their training on it.” (Photo: Tomislav Vukosav/Polytan)

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IAAF Diamond League 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. Polytan won the contract to install 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 four 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.

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 thing for me is to be consistent in all my competitions because the standard 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.

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The European Hockey Federation (EHF) and Polytan ™ announce a 2 year partnership

The European Hockey Federation and Polytan ™ announced today a 2 year partnership that sees Polytan secured as “Preferred EHF Hockey Turf Partner” with exclusivity in the business category. Through this partnership Polytan will support the EHF and promote its Poligras Hockey Turf Products in the “EHF Territory”.

Speaking about the announcement the EHF President Marijke Fleuren said, “As part of the Hockey Revolution, we have embraced the 5 Major Initatives of the International Hockey Federation and one of these is a commitment to securing Commercial Partners that share our vision. We believe that in Polytan ™ we have found such a partner. It is indeed an exciting moment for the EHF to be moving forward with Polytan ™ and we look forward to innovating together. We are delighted to welcome Polytan ™ to the European Hockey family, and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

“As a leading manufacturer of synthetic turf systems, we have carved out a leading position in world hockey under the Poligras brand. We are therefore very excited about the far-reaching collaboration with the EHF, which extends far beyond the usual sponsorship. As the  innovation partner, we want to drive hockey sport forward together with the EHF and develop both new hockey pitches and new forms of the game”, said Markus Deimling, Managing Director of Polytan, commenting on the exclusive partnership with the EHF.


Optimal training conditions

Polytan will be in on the action when the world's top athletes pit their strengths against each other at international level this summer. The turf used for the hockey matches in Rio comes from Polytan, as was the case in London and Beijing too. Blue and green versions of the new Poligras Platinum CoolPlus synthetic turf system are being installed. The very same hockey pitch has also been available to the British hockey squads at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre since last October. The professional athletes are thus ideally equipped to prepare for the Summer Games.

The pitch comes in an eye-catching colour combination: a blue playing field with a light green border. A higher stitch density and special texturing technology mean that even more accurate moves are possible when playing on Poligras Platinum CoolPlus.

Kevin Burton, Head of National Centres, Sport England: "In order to ensure our Great British hockey players had the best possible chance of success in future sports competitions, Sport England took the decision to replace the hockey surface at Bisham Abbey with the exact same surface that will be installed for the international sports competition in summer 2016. The process from our first contact with Polytan, working through the delivery of the project, to the handover was incredibly efficient and caused minimal disruption to ongoing operations. It helped enormously only having to deal with one company, as Polytan not only manufacture the carpet, but undertook the installation as well. The feedback from our hockey players and travelling international camps has been overwhelming. We are delighted with the surface as well as Polytan’s first-class service."


Olympic Level

Tourists generally associate the sunny seaside resort of Belek on the Turkish Riviera with relaxing all-inclusive vacations. Guests at the Gloria Sports Arena sports hotel are not traditional package-tourists however, but ambitious professional and amateur athletes, including entire teams attending training camps. The practised sport is virtually unimportant, as the complex, which covers an area of eleven hectares, offers optimal training and competition conditions for more than 50 Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines. The high standard of the sporting facilities at the hotel complex is reflected in the range of sports surfaces, which have been specifically adapted to the sport in question. Thus, the running track, warm-up area, downhill track and 100-m sprint track are all made from the fast and well-damped Polytan M surface, while the hockey pitch is made of Poligras Mega CoolPlus, Polytan’s professional artificial turf system, used by more than half the teams in the German Hockey League.

The spacious outdoor area is used by athletes and hockey players, as well as by swimmers, footballers, climbers, tennis and beach-volleyball players and many other outdoor-sports enthusiasts. The centrepiece of the hotel is the football and athletics stadium with a covered grandstand. Under the grandstand is a 100-metre sprint track that is well protected from the weather and prying eyes. Behind the grandstand lies the downhill track with two lanes for intensive uphill and downhill runs. A second football and rugby field is situated immediately behind the stadium. It is bordered on two sides by the warm-up area that includes a covered throwing area.

All the sports grounds and equipment meet international stan­dards and are comparable with those in official Olympic training centres.

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New stadium for “Super Eagles“

The Nigerian “Super Eagles” are one of the most successful national football teams in Africa. Since November 2014, this successful team has also had an ultramodern new home ground, the “Akwa Ibom Stadium”, which fully complies with European safety standards and FIFA recommendations. With 30,000 covered seats and a transparent façade made of backlit acrylic glass, not only does the arena stage international football matches, it also plays host to major social, cultural and religious events. The Stadium is situated in Uyo, the capital of the Nigerian federal state of Akwa Ibom. The contract for the general planning was awarded to the German company Julius Berger International from Wiesbaden, while ASS Planungs GmbH was responsible for the architectural design. Responsibility for its construction and execution lies with Julius Berger Nigeria.

Construction engineers decided on a concrete skeleton, with steel trussed girders forming the load-bearing elements for the façade and roof. The translucent elliptical envelope around the spectator seating area was made from 15-millimetre acrylic glass; the façade of the grandstand likewise consists of acrylic glass, but features vertical panels to form a counterpart to the elliptical external envelope.

The “Super Eagles” play football on real grass, whilst competitions and training sessions for track and field athletes are held on synthetic surfaces from Polytan. For the 400-metre oval track with eight lanes, the German sports surface specialist installed around 9,500 square metres of Polytan M in classic brick red. Furthermore, the fast and optimally cushioned surface used in Uyo is IAAF Class 1-certified, which means that the water-impermeable synthetic surface is suitable for top-flight international athletics events with recognised records. A six-lane training track likewise consists of Polytan M and is situated outside the stadium. (Picture: Julius Berger Nigeria Plc)

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