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With the concept of the SportsDome, Erhard Sport is reacting to the growing demand for “covered playing fields”, playing fields for ball sports which are roofed over and can also be used in wet weather. There is a great need for this kind of training pitch in junior sport, both in schools and sport clubs. Lack of indoor sports hall capacity has been a recognised problem for many years. The SportsDome is the solution. A financially affordable alternative – also for clubs - to a sports hall. This is supported with figures by Jochen Koppl, Managing Director of Erhard Sport: “Today, a simple sports hall requires investments of more than 1.5 million Euro, the costs of a SportsDome is only around a quarter of this at approx. 400,000 Euro depending on the version chosen” and Erhard Sport can even supply significantly less expensive playing field systems, although if these have no roofing.
Mini-playing field | Multi-playing field
Junior football would be lost without the mini-playing field originally designed by Erhard Sport. More than 1000 of these fields have been installed in the last years on the initiative of the German football association. Erhard Sport has further developed the idea of a mini-playing field to create the multi-use-game-area, a compact sports pitch with a variety of playing possibilities. Basket-ball boards on the goals and columns on the longer sides allow basketball, volleyball, badminton or football tennis to significantly increase the possible uses of the pitch. In this way, the multi-use-game-area can also become a playground and exercise area for nursery or day schools. While SportsDome and multi-playing fields are designed for stationary installation, the Soccerena provides a mobile solution.
Soccerena is the most successful mobile panelled arena system in the world and has become a synonym for mobile soccer pitches. Soccerena courts are used today throughout the world in junior training at football clubs as well as in social and integration work where street soccer is used very successfully as a catalyst for contact and communication. Projects such as “Street soccer for tolerance”, “balance”, “Cafe Project” or the “Homeless World Cup” are successful examples of this, and also excellent references for the playing field systems designed by Erhard Sport.
Erhard Sport presented its playing field systems at the German trade fair GaLaBau. These systems have developed into an important business field for the German company, as Managing Director, Jochen Köppl explains: “The mobile Soccerena pitches have been our largest net sales product for many years. Considering the great demand for compact, affordable sports fields we believe there is still great growth potential for stationary sports pitch systems.”
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