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The always up-to-date article overview contains every product of the previous years and of course the latest. Discover out topics around playground and sports leisure facilities. Enjoy yourself reading!

Issue All: Sports facilities

Health risks at the sports ground? – A closer look at use of SBR granules

SBR granules used in artificial turf pitches have been subject to criticism for some time now. This is mainly due to the potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which they contain. Awareness of...

Noise protection for sports facilities – Guidelines and implementation

Sport is of outstanding socio-political importance and holds a position of great significance. Unfortunately, noise from sporting events is usually caused during the periods when quiet is generally expected and as such, causes conflict with neighbours.

Plenty of sports in one place

A wide range of sports on offer is welcomed in many places and for this reason, in many cities and communities a large number of sporting possibilities are available...

"Green Clay" – How clay courts can quickly become natural grass pitches

Clay courts are to the greatest possible extent obsolete. Although held in high regard by communities and sports facility operators due their nearly unlimited life...

Beach Volleyball on 13 courts in Munich

For the first time in the history of beach volleyball, the student world championships 2018 will be held at the Technical University of Munich. A new beach sport infrastructure with 13 beach volleyball pits was recently completed for this 9th...

FV Steinmauern sets itself apart from competitors with a cork filling

New artificial turf pitch convinces with optimal ball play and rolling behaviour

Stadium Hemsbach – A new sports landscape with an artificial turf pitch is being created

The sports facilities at Hemsbach, Germany, were originally a natural grass pitch with a cinder circumference running track, clay and grass surfaces as well as a further clay pitch and a full size natural grass pitch. A section...

Noise protection ? – Recognising the socio-political importance of sport

Why reform of the sports facility noise directive is urgently necessary, how associations are campaigning for this and which steps are now necessary.

Living and doing sport in a city - on reconciliation of interests between sport development and noise protection

Living and sport are significant elements of urbanity and quality of life in our cities. They are uses which supplement each other and which must be possible in locations near each other. After publication of the Leipzig Charta...

10.06.2010 - Maintenance of sports equipment: Quality guarantees safety.

A group of experienced sports equipment manufacturers joined forces with the most significant consumer representative and founded the “Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V.” (quality control of sports equipment) which – under the pub-lic-law-governed, well-known roof of the RAL (Deutsches Institut für Gütesi-cherung und Kennzeichnung e.V. – German Institute for quality control and la-belling) – issued the quality control legislation, RAL-GZ 945.

10.06.2010 - Solution-oriented, further development of elastomers, a success story

The Melos GmbH develops know-how. Their products set standards in quality and application throughout the world with their state-of-the-art knowledge based on decades of experience and continual research. An interview with the Managing Director of Melos GmbH, Jörg Siekmann.

10.06.2010 - 20.000 Euro for ideas and visions for sports clubs

Lotto Hesse and the Hesse regional sports association announce the
“Oddset Future Prize for Sport in Hesse”.

10.06.2010 - Melos-Granules - The surface for winners

22-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt has set the predicted new world record in the 100-meter discipline. His strongest competitor, Tayson Gay, got the shock of his life during the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, when Usain Bolt not only set a new world record in the 100 metres but also in the 200 metres.

10.06.2010 - Successful re-topping despite adverse conditions

New sport opportunities in the Emmendingen stadium.
The stadium in Emmendingen in the Southern Black Forest was a critical patient. The plastic surface material, which dated from the 1980’s, was not only due for a refit for age reasons. Damaged areas were visible beneath the surface in some cases, but hidden in others.

11.06.2010 - New training track for Usain Bolt and his team colleagues

On April 30, the new Regupol tartan track, installed by the sport flooring manufacturer BSW at the training ground of sprint star Usain Bolt on the campus of the UWI University of Jamaica, was officially inaugurated.

11.06.2010 - Turf pitches for FIFA Football World Cup 2010™

For the first time in history, a FIFA World Cup™ will be played on grass pitches which are reinforced with artificial grass.

11.06.2010 - Gymnastics and sport with “kick”

Erhard Sport presents selected play and sport equipment for kindergarten and nursery schools.

11.06.2010 - Individual sport pleasure at schools and in public parks

The sport equipment supplier Kübler Sport from Backnang in Germany, offers a flexible and relatively inexpensive sport facilities providing numerous possibilities for sport enthusiasts.

11.06.2010 - Maintenance and refurbishment of sport surfaces

For 40 years now, Polytan has been installing sport surfaces throughout the world. Production, marketing and installation are all from one hand with Polytan. Continual development work, quality assurance and installation services, guarantee the highest product standards and professional installation work.

18.08.2010 - Sports field renovation in Ayuntamiento de Tres Cantos in Madrid, Spain

In the community of Ayuntamiento de Tres Cantos in Madrid, renovation of a small sports field was published for tenders in a public bid.

18.08.2010 - New light athletic projects in the USA

Polytan has completed several prestige projects in the USA – the leading nation for light athletics. Polytan installed top quality running tracks at Texas University for the “Youth Olympic Selection Trials”, at the University of Tennessee for the “South Eastern Conference Championships” and finally, at the University of Indiana for the “Big Ten Conference” meeting.

18.08.2010 - The TURF and GRASS EXPO 2010

Are you looking at the option of artificial turf? Are you confused with all the aspects and potential options? Do you want to find out the facts on technical, sports participation, community development, financials, medical, player development, best practice, standards and competition regulations?

18.08.2010 - More than just a synthetic turf pitch

by Markus Illgas, Alfred Ulenberg & Partner (landscape architects AKNW/bdla).
Project report about the development scheme for the sport facilities Hegestrasse in Gladbeck, Germany:

22.11.2010 - The redevelopment of the Jakob Frey Stadium in Heidesheim

The specialist firm Gebr. Becker Sportanlagen GmbH has been commissioned to refurbish the Jakob Frey Stadium in Heidesheim. This is a pilot project in which a public-private partnership (PPP) concept is being employed, an alternative to the standard public tender procedure with which the involved parties are more familiar.

22.11.2010 - The TURF and GRASS EXPO 2010

The TURF and GRASS EXPO 2010: 8. - 9. Dezember 2010, Amsterdam

22.11.2010 - A clear win

Polytan football turf celebrated its entry into the French first league with a flourish and a clear decision in its favour from the top league clubs FC Lorient and AS Nancy.

28.12.2010 - The family-friendly sports field – a flash in the pan or evergreen?

by Dipl.- Sportwiss. Maren Reyer, Institut für Kooperative Planung und Sportentwicklung GbR

28.12.2010 - The blue track in Berlin has a little sister in Jena


After 17 years of use, the old running track in the “Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld” stadium at Jena had reached the end of the road. From now on, a new Regupol synthetic running track, manufactured and installed by the BSW GmbH, will provide the new training facilities for athletes at Jena.

28.12.2010 - The SportsDome

The renowned sports equipment manufacture Erhard Sport presented its playing field systems, including the SportsDome, a roofed multifunctional ball field, at the German GaLaBau trade fair.

28.12.2010 - Synthetic turf pitch for football and hockey players in Görlitz, Germany

by Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Carsten Schubert, Bauconzept Planungsgesellschaft mbH.

28.12.2010 - Innovative adhesives for bonding artificial turf

Conipur 106: Significantly more efficient than conventional products. Much less moisture sensitive. Can also be used under extreme climate conditions.

16.02.2011 - Football at high level in Vienna

What do you need to play football?

16.02.2011 - Two communities – one building project – one synthetic turf pitch

By Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Schulze, pslandschaft.de – freiraumplanung, independent landscape architect, aknw, bdla

16.02.2011 - Major Success at the Turf and Grass Expo 2010

The inaugural Turf and Grass Expo was held at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam on December 8 and 9, 2010. Over a 1000 persons attended the event.

16.02.2011 - An informative IAKS seminar in Göttingen, Germany

IAKS seminar “Synthetic surfaces and turf pitches” was a great success.

16.02.2011 - Cost-benefit comparison natural grass – synthetic turf

By Eric Hardman, Head of Sports facilities, Sports and Education Department, City of Basel, Switzerland

15.04.2011 - Transformation of an ash pitch into an artificial turf playing field – is everything just routine?

Cramped conditions prevailed at the ash playing ground at the ‘Am Hopfenbrunnen’ stadium in the Kalbach district of Frankfurt.

15.04.2011 - Synthetic turf – the everyday surface for training and league matches

Something that is unfortunately seen all too often on pitches: "Pitch closed"

15.04.2011 - Spring care for sports fields

Artificial surfaces for outdoor areas – whether for running tracks, tennis courts, hockey or football pitches – are characterised by their durability.

15.04.2011 - Bound elastic shockpads

Hans-Jörg Kolitzus, officially appointed and sworn expert for sport surfaces, ret

20.06.2011 - Realisation of sports facilities as PPP projects

An increasing number of communities are being faced by with necessity of renovating their old sports facilities and/or to relocating them to new locations.

20.06.2011 - Mission Accomplished: Football Turf in Kabul

The Dutch company GreenFields, a leading synthetic turf company, has completed the installation of this brand new football field at the future Olympic Centre in Kabul.

20.06.2011 - Does synthetic turf actually need maintenance work?

A synthetic turf playing field is an all-weather pitch which allows training sessions to be carried out in practically all weather conditions. In order to fulfil this requirement reliably and in the long term, the right kind of maintenance is essential.

20.06.2011 - Gymnastics club "Turngemeinde 1861 e.V." in Mainz, Germany, takes an environmentally friendly road

The 252 solar modules, made by the company Schott AG, have been in operation feeding electricity into the national network since April 2010.

17.08.2011 - Plenty of winners through protection/conservation of resources and climate protection - TSV 1895 Zornheim e.V. boldly follows new paths

Water, heating, electricity - these are all major causes of environmental pollution and so the club examined its financial resources carefully and carried out a seven year trial. The result is now obvious. Expenditure for electricity fuel oil fell drastically. By exercising a great deal of care and entrepreneurial spirit, the club is even creating future income from sales of energy.

17.08.2011 - Wiesbaden invests in artificial pitches

“Investments in well-equipped sports facilities is money well spent. Sport connects people and creates a feeling of solidarity and team spirit. And particularly important: In sports clubs, outstanding, very effective youth and integration work is being achieved. Here girls and boys learn how to deal with others fairly and the recognition of rules in a playful manner – this is incredibly important for the future of our society. Therefore, Wiesbaden is investing in artificial pitches,” says Dr. Helmut Müller, the Mayor of Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hessen.

17.08.2011 - Quo vadis DIN V 18035-7?

The currently valid version of the DIN V 18035-7 standard, "Synthetic turf surfaces", dates from 2002. In 2007, the European standard DIN EN 15330-1 "Synthetic turf areas" was published and intended to be a “partial replacement of DIN V 18035-7”.

11.10.2011 - Grün-Weiß Mildenau Gymnastics and Sports Club Banks on Solar Energy

This is a win-win situation for both the sports club and the environment. The money saved will be entirely invested in sports.
A major issue of the project undertaken by the Grün-Weiß Mildenau gymnastics and sports club (TSV) is to familiarize many fellow citizens with the ease of installation and efficiency of solar thermal systems as well as to encourage them to go and get systems of their own.

11.10.2011 - 3. IAKS-Seminar “Synthetic and artificial turf for sport and leisure facilities”

The event took place under the banner of functionality, security and sustainability and began with a welcome speech by Siegfried Hoymann, Secretary General of IAKS, and a presentation by Rainer Ernst (landscape architect and caretaker of the Olympiapark Berlin/Hertha BSC football club).

11.10.2011 - Germany’s men claim a seventh European Field Hockey Championship title

After an eight-year wait the German men's field hockey team has reclaimed the title of European Champions. The 9,000 spectators in an anxious sold-out Warsteiner HockeyPark stadium in Mönchengladbach witnessed an impressive performance from the German men, who emerged victorious against their Dutch opponents by four goals to two.

11.10.2011 - Westerbach sport facilities Eschborn

Renovation work was started in 2010 with an expansion of the gymnasium or rather, construction of a sports hall adjoining the existing facilities, by the company Büro AG5 based in Darmstadt.
The new, very well equipped, sports hall allows users a free panorama view of the whole sports facilities through the wide window front. In the background the hills of the Taunus region can be seen.

15.12.2011 - Natural turf surfaces versus artificial turf surfaces

By Hans-Jörg Kolitzus, IST Consulting GmbH

15.12.2011 - Fifth SPONSORs SportsVenue Summit in Munich‘s Allianz Arena

With the more than 300 participants and over 60 speakers from the international and national business, sport and federation sectors, this congress represents more than just a meeting place for manufacturers and visitors but now challenges participants to rethink concepts of sports venue construction. In view of the fact that Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games has failed, it is now all the more important to concentrate on the quality of sports venues in Germany. And there is also no doubt that these are seriously in need of overhaul.

29.02.2012 - GreenFields’ first dual use pitch in India secures National Academy status

The Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School in the Vashi suburb of Mumbai opened in 1982. It has worked hard to ensure that the students have access to good sports facilities as an integral part of their education. The school’s investment in a GreenFields synthetic turf pitch has now been recognised by the AIFF and FIFA who have chosen the school as one of four new residential football academies in India.

29.02.2012 - Sustainable construction of sports facilities

In reality, however, sustainability is a combination of ecology, economics and sociology and means nothing less than to maintain these components in a regenerable way over a lasting period of time in order to counteract negative changes.

29.02.2012 - 2nd Kassel Sports Symposium on Timber Structures for Sporting Applications organized by the Landessportbund Hessen e.V. (Hessian Sports Association)

The year 2011 was the International Year of Forests under the patronage of Federal President Christian Wulff.

29.02.2012 - SportsDome fascinates experts

The dream for every a sports facility – and now no longer only a dream, but a feasible concept. This is how the renowned sports equipment manufacturer Erhard Sport presented the concept for the SportsDome at the last sportinfra trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

29.02.2012 - “Climate Protection in Sports” wins award

(DOSB PRESS) The “Climate Protection in Sports” initiative of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is one of the award winners of the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition.

16.04.2012 - School sport facilities in Kusel: The full Polytan programme

During the summer, Polytan had installed new school sports facilities.

16.04.2012 - Not "cheap" but "inexpensive"

"The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better."

16.04.2012 - Commentary on the standard DIN SPEC (pre-standard) 18035-7 "Artificial turf areas"

In October 2011, the German standards institute (Deutsche Institut für Normung, DIN) published the document DIN SPEC (pre-standard) 18035-7, "Artificial turf areas" and designated it the successor to DIN V 18035-7:2002.

16.04.2012 - Real Madrid opts again for Desso artificial turf pitches for its training centre

The training center “Ciudad Real Madrid” is a credit to its name. With its 11 football pitches and 1,200,000 m2 of accommodation, it is one of the largest training centres in the world.

15.06.2012 - Current IAKS Seminar "Plastic and synthetic turf surfaces for sport and leisure facilities"

Up-to-date technical requirements on synthetic turf pitches and specifically developed products from suppliers pose new questions for planners and constructors.

15.06.2012 - Communities can still vouch for club sports facilities

Towns and communities may continue to provide guarantees for construction of club sports facilities – but only within the framework of non-profit club purposes.

15.06.2012 - Baden sport union rewards energy savers

The BSB presidium has decided in future to promote energy-saving measures in construction of sport facilities.

15.06.2012 - In-house seminar of the Trofil Company on March 22, 2012 in Hennef near Bonn, Germany

On a mini-pitch in the production hall, which was closed for the day, the organiser Eike Wedell, welcomed all participants to the event.

15.06.2012 - The company 'STRABAG Sportstättenbau GmbH' realises its first PPP sport project in Luxembourg

Following the sports facilities in Königswinter and the Schlosspark Stadium in Brühl, both in Germany, this is the third project to be built within the framework of a public-private partnership with the STRABAG Sportstättenbau GmbH as private partner.

08.08.2012 - Compliance testing of synthetic turf pitches

Until October 2011, the standard DIN V 18035-7:2002-06 was the sole technical reference for manufacture of synthetic turf pitches in Germany. The DIN authorities have now withdrawn this standard and replaced it with DIN SPEC (pre-standard) 18035-7:2011 Sports grounds – Part 7: Synthetic turf areas, which is not a standard in the sense of DIN standard specifications.

08.08.2012 - 6thSPONSORs’ Sports Venue Summit on September 5&6, 2012 at the Alliance Arena in Munich

The three main focus points of the congress continue to be major events, construction and operation of sports stadiums and Innovation & Technology.

08.08.2012 - Care of filled synthetic turf systems

Wrong or insufficiently intensive care reduces the operating life and has an adverse effect on the properties of the turf. It is often the case that the turf must be replaced long before its actually intended life period – with substantial economic damages.

08.08.2012 - IAKS-Seminar "Plastics and synthetic turf surfaces for sport and leisure facilities" at Königsbrunn, Germany, June 20/21, 2012

The objective of the event was to provide in-depth answers to discussion topics such as: "Which construction methods are most suitable for which uses? How are fibres, plastics and granules manufactured and what is their influence on use? It is always very interesting to hear about innovations in the trade based on examples and presentations.

08.08.2012 - Polytan Estate Landscape products –green eye-catchers of the special kind

Often this is in areas where natural turf cannot grow or only poorly such as under large trees, in yards or in other places which have permanently too little sunlight. With the product range "Estate", Polytan offers a selection of synthetic turfs especially adapted for use in landscape gardening.

18.10.2012 - A Mini-Playing Field for Poessneck

"The 1000 mini pitches are also an expression of thanks to the people for a wonderful football championships final held in Germany - and what could be better than to pass on these thanks to the children who can play on these pitches" stated Dr Theo Zwanziger.

18.10.2012 - Better than its reputation – A plea for dirt

These dirt pitches should be treated with more acceptance - not least in the face of increasingly limited community finances – as they have a rightful place in existence and under given circumstances, are a sensible alternative.

18.10.2012 - Environmentally friendly recycling of artificial turf

The technical advantages of the artificial turf, high usability and playability in all weather conditions, are now recognized by all football associations.
Meanwhile international qualifications will be held on artificial sports fields.

18.10.2012 - The ball is in play on the mini playing fields

This was motivation for the German football association (Deutschen Fußball-Bundes, DFB) to initiate construction of 1000 mini playing fields throughout Germany.

04.12.2012 - Bullseye in White* ...

Not such a long time ago, disabled sport very little notice was taken of disabled (or adaptive) sport by the public. Even the Paralympics were given limited coverage by the media – the only disabled athletes shown were wheelchair racers showing the excellent performances of which they are capable before the marathon event.

04.12.2012 - “LIGA PRO is the only goal which satisfies all football regulations”: Hanno Zwickl, ERHARD SPORT, on the globally innovative goal designed by him, the football goal LIGA PRO

“The first time that I thought, ‘We have to change something here’ was in 2008 when the German player Miroslav Klose broke his nose after sliding into the ground frame of the goal. He was not the only one to suffer personally because of this injury, but his whole team was at a disadvantage as the player missed several games.

04.12.2012 - Community Sport and Leisure facilities for everyone - Requirements for complete accessibility.

Promotion of sport with the aid of community facilities or subsidies to clubs and other establishments for leisure sport, are part of the voluntary tasks of communities. Core community sports facilities are sports fields and sports facilities, sport halls, leisure and indoor swimming pools.

27.02.2013 - 4th "Sportinfra" of the lsb h provides impulse for communities and associations

More than 60 exhibitors, well over 1000 registered visitors and a pretty impressive supporting programme. These are the main facts of the fourth "Sportinfra", the leading German trade fair for sports facility planning and construction.

27.02.2013 - FC Kray plays on Polytan artificial turf

And because these conditions were no longer fitting or acceptable for a league club, action was quickly taken. It was little over the length of a summer break, after 14 weeks of construction time, before Günter Oberholz Chairman of FCK announced: “We really hit the jackpot with the decision to select the Polytan turf.

27.02.2013 - Structural change in sport

Usually, however, the main focus of attention is the over-ageing of society. How should the younger generations carry the weight of the older ones? How can the health system help shoulder this burden?

09.04.2013 - Olympia stadium Munich now equipped with mobile synthetic turf

(Hennef, 09.04.2013) – The Trofil Sportbodensysteme GmbH & Co. KG Company, based in Hennef, Germany, was recently able to complete a very successful synthetic turf project in the Olympia Stadium in Munich.

09.04.2013 - TSG-GuFiT: Realisation of a Vision

15 years ago we dreamed – we that is six to eight "young madcaps"

09.04.2013 - Synthetic turf Made in Germany

For many years now, amateur and professional clubs have successfully put their faith in synthetic turf.

09.04.2013 - Thickness and weight of synthetic turf fibres

There is no standardised procedure available for determining the maximum thickness.

12.06.2013 - The rush of visitors to the FIBO exceeded all expectations

A flying start for the FIBO, the world's leading trade fair for fitness, wellness and health, which was held again in Cologne, Germany, for the first time in 22 years. More than 45,000 visitors came on Saturday, nearly 50 per cent more than in a direct comparison to the same day of the previous year.

12.06.2013 - BASF to sell CONICA Sports Surfaces to Serafin Group

Ludwigshafen, Germany – January 8, 2013 – BASF signed a contract with the Munich-based Serafin Group for the sale of its CONICA Sports Surfaces business together with its site in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details. Closing of the transaction is expected by the end of the second quarter of 2013.

12.06.2013 - From the arena to sport and leisure facilities for everyone

Sports fields in Germany are usually characterised by the requirements of school and club teams and, as a rule, are usually focussed towards competitive sport.

14.06.2013 - Trofil and SMG Synthetic turf seminar organised by the Siegburger Turnverein 1862/92 e.V.

The main topic was how much care a synthetic turf pitch requires (by the owners and external companies) in order to achieve optimal durability.

20.06.2013 - Quality EPDM granules

Experts agree: The kind and composition of raw materials used are decisive criteria for the quality of granules.

08.08.2013 - Bloemfontein Athletic Stadium with new CONICA track

The Mangaung Athletics Stadium in Bloemfontein has been undergoing major renovations during the last two years.

08.08.2013 - Artificial turf technology – A visit to Morton Extrusionstechnik factory in the Odenwald

The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is one of the most populated and revenue-rich regions in Germany; Morton Extrusionstechnik GmbH (MET for short), one of Europe's largest manufacturers of monofilaments, has also been based there in Abtsteinach since 2008.

08.08.2013 - Proper maintenance for playground and sports field surfaces

Rain, wind and other environmental elements cause dirt particles and other impurities to get lodged in the open pore structure of synthetic surfaces.

08.08.2013 - Trofil and SMG Synthetic turf seminar organised by the Siegburger Turnverein 1862/92 e.V.

The main topic was how much care a synthetic turf pitch requires (by the owners and external companies) in order to achieve optimal durability.

16.10.2013 - Football over the rooftops of Berlin

A racy time schedule for realisation of the synthetic turf pitch.

16.10.2013 - Playing fields for everyone – how an old club field was given a new lease of life

In the face of changing sport requirements and a dynamic demographic development, sports associations are coming up against the challenge of having to provide their members with attractive sport and exercise possibilities outside of the classical club repertoire. Especially sports clubs with their own facilities can create opportunities here as the example of the sport and culture communities Botnang in Stuttgart illustrates.

16.10.2013 - "Training and further education in sports field maintenance"

In many sports facilities, maintenance work is focussed on turf pitches. In addition, there are usually tennis courts and increasingly more often, synthetic turf pitches to be cared for.

16.10.2013 - An explosive project: Modernisation of the Ostpark sports facilities at Frankfurt am Main

The Ostpark is an attractive green park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, which is very popular due to its vicinity to the city centre. At the centre of the park, which was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, is the so-called Ostparkweiher, a small lake. Grouped around the lake are playing and sunbathing areas, a playground and a sports field.

15.02.2014 - Sports field renovation: Synthetic or natural grass?

Classical clay pitches are a dying race and nobody is really sad. An increasing number of sports clubs, cities and communities are renovating their sports facilities turning all-weather surfaces into new synthetic turf or natural grass pitches. The advantages of these measures are clear: Along with greatly increased playing time, a significantly reduced danger of injury and better drainage possibilities are major factors for installation of a turf pitch. The question remains, which kind of pitch is recommended. In many locations synthetic turf pitches are installed although natural grass also has several advantages. There are a large number of factors to be taken into account for or the right choice of playing surface.

15.04.2014 - Innovation for sports surfaces

As confirmed by both test results and users, the all-weather syntex-ground surface manufactured by the company Dold Sportflächen GmbH is a safe, easy to maintain and financially interesting alternative to conventional synthetic turf and clay playing surfaces.

20.06.2014 - Injury Risk: Artificial Turf vs Natural Grass

Years ago, many players, coaches and trainer felt that playing or training on artificial turf lead to more injuries. This was true for soccer as well as other sports like American football, field hockey and lacrosse. Recent advances in technology have lead to “third generation” artificial turf that can be found on many public fields and in some professional stadia. But, the debate continues. Does playing or training on turf raise injury risk? Over the past several years, several studies have compared injury rates on turf and grass for several sports. Recently, we compiled the research on soccer and, using a meta-analysis attempted to determine if there is increase risk of injury on turf. We found that playing or training on turf does not raise the potential for acute injury. However, changes in the style of play and/or player perception of turf may affect injury risk.

20.06.2014 - DIN EN 15330-1:2013 – Protection function for synthetic turf surfaces

Development of a modern synthetic turf system for the purpose of use as a pitch for hockey, football and rugby, requires a complex interaction of different elements is required. For sport surfaces, the sport and protection functions as well as the technical functions are defined by materials testing as per DIN EN 15330-1.

22.08.2014 - Risk management for outdoor sports facilities

To date, for outdoor sports facilities no comprehensive inspections have been carried out with regard to user safety. Accordingly, in the case of accidents caused by, for example, falling goal posts, floodlight masts or faulty ball nets, compensation can be claimed according to German legislation § 823 BGB. Based on this, the Science to Business GmbH company of the University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck in cooperation with the Intergreen AG have developed a safety management concept which is state of the art and supports management and operators of outdoor sports facilities.

22.08.2014 - Artificial turf surfaces: Environmental compatibility as per DIN 18035

In the past, environmental compatibility of artificial turf surfaces was tested according to the two DIN standards, DIN V 18035-6:2004 or DIN V 18035-7:2002. Both standards were withdrawn following a directive from the European commission which applied in particular to the highly contested DIN SPEC 18035-7:2011. The sole valid standard applying to artificial turf surfaces is EN 15330-1:2013.

05.11.2014 - Spotlight on mass sport – More exercise for everyone!?

When asked how he had reached such an old age, the previous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is said to have answered: "No Sport!" From a scientific point of view it isn't surprising that there is no well-founded proof of this quote from a man who was a passionate athlete in his young years. The reason for this alleged statement is therefore debateable, but it is sure that "couch potatoes" of any age group make use of it as an excuse for not undertaking any bodily exercise. Churchill lived to be 91 years old – even today a good age – but the reason probably wasn't that he abstained from sport.

05.11.2014 - New green turf for the SV Schwanenberg

Athletes inspired by Trofil Sportsbodensysteme GmbH's new artificial turf pitch

15.02.2015 - Sport Development Planning: Compulsory or freestyle?

Does Community X still need the sports hall at a school which is to be closed due to a drop in numbers of students? Is construction of a fifth artificial turf pitch in Community Y really a good investment? ...

15.02.2015 - Collective community planning and organisation for sport and exercise

Do we have too many or not enough sports facilities? How can we make our sports clubs future-oriented? How can we bring schools and clubs together with regard to day schools? How should promotion of sport be organised in future?

15.04.2015 - Hybrid base layer and hybrid sports turf – an alternative for community sports facilities?

In many communities and club locations there is only one question to be answered with regard to the optimal surface for an own football pitch: Artificial or natural turf? Opinions are often very similar – ...

15.04.2015 - Durable hybrid base layer improves play on natural grass pitches

A natural turf pitch is considered the ideal playing surface for football, but this kind of pitch is often used well above its limits. A hybrid base layer is a helpful solution as this "reinforcement" for the grass base layer helps to reduce damage caused during play, to maintain a level surface, improves shear resistance and increases the duration of use.

10.06.2015 - Financing sport facility construction – make use of all possibilities!

The problems are well known by many communities and sport clubs: Existing sports facilities are out-dated and require renovation work while the state coffers have no funds available. How can construction of new facilities or renovation of the old ones still be possible? There are various possibilities for financing this kind of project...

15.08.2015 - Certified Greenkeeper / agronomist for outdoor sports facilities

The third group of participants of the further education course "Certified Greenkeeper / Agronomist for outdoor sports facilities" has graduated from the DEULA Rheinland.

15.08.2015 - Campus for Education, Sport and Culture

Promptly, in the academic year 2014/15, the first classes of the new school Gymnasium Grünwald were able to take on ownership of their “School of the Future”. The educational establishment also fulfils future demands thanks to its architectural and pedagogical concept, which is distinctly different from the traditional building and teaching methods of the past decade.

15.10.2015 - "Sports clubs – ideal partners for outdoor sport and exercise facilities?"

First a quick review: For more than 45 years, the mascot 'TRIMMY' has represented exercise. At that time, at the start of the 1970s, the German sports association (Deutsche Sportbund, DSB), the predecessor of today's German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutschen Olympischen Sportbundes, DOSB)...

14.12.2015 - Modernisation of the Brentanobad stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Along with the two major arenas where the home games of the German premier league teams Eintracht and FSV Frankfurt are carried out, the German city of Frankfurt am Main also has a further stadium...

19.02.2016 - Local authority funding for sport – What must? What should? What can?

Local authority funding remains the largest and most important source of support for nearly all sports clubs and leisure sport associations. Despite this fact, in many places there is hardly sufficient funding to make optimal support of local sport possible. Which obligations do communities have with regard to sport? And what possible alternatives exist when there are no sufficient funds available to finance sport?

19.08.2016 - KGSt Sports Facilities Comparison Report – Support for sustainable sport facility management

Since 2012, member towns in the nationwide German intercommunal performance comparison circle for sports facilities have exchanged key figures and experience involved with the construction and operation of community sport centres. Together with the advisory office KGSt...

19.08.2016 - Sustainable sports facility maintenance – long lasting and environmentally compatible

It is no secret that good sports facilities need good maintenance. And yet it can be seen again and again that the definition of "good and sustainable maintenance" differs greatly in many cases. Above all the as "easy care" advertised artificial turf pitches often suggests...

15.10.2016 - Granulate filler – Impulse generator on an artificial turf pitch

Playing fields with artificial turf continue to gain popularity. Decisive for the quality of an artificial turf playing surface are not only the yarns used, treatment of the surface and correct installation, but also the loose components such as sand and granulate fillers...

15.10.2016 - The Sport and Leisure-time Park Rems

Since 2012, Schorndorf – also called Daimler City as it is the birth place of Gottlieb Daimler, inventor of the petrol engine, is building a sporting facility to satisfy the most modern demands. Covering an area of around 100.000 m², the Sport Park Rems will offer a range of sport and leisure-time activities...

15.10.2016 - Artificial turf, hybrid turf or natural grass? – Finding the right surface for the sports ground

Conversion of sports fields and football pitches in particular is a very current trend. Following the many conversions in the last years and the modern sports fields created in this way, the clubs involved have been able as a rule to generate many new members and to become better positioned in the sport...

15.12.2016 - Living and doing sport in a city - on reconciliation of interests between sport development and noise protection

Living and sport are significant elements of urbanity and quality of life in our cities. They are uses which supplement each other and which must be possible in locations near each other. After publication of the Leipzig Charta...

15.12.2016 - Noise protection ? – Recognising the socio-political importance of sport

Why reform of the sports facility noise directive is urgently necessary, how associations are campaigning for this and which steps are now necessary.

18.04.2017 - Stadium Hemsbach – A new sports landscape with an artificial turf pitch is being created

The sports facilities at Hemsbach, Germany, were originally a natural grass pitch with a cinder circumference running track, clay and grass surfaces as well as a further clay pitch and a full size natural grass pitch. A section...

18.04.2017 - FV Steinmauern sets itself apart from competitors with a cork filling

New artificial turf pitch convinces with optimal ball play and rolling behaviour

19.06.2017 - Beach Volleyball on 13 courts in Munich

For the first time in the history of beach volleyball, the student world championships 2018 will be held at the Technical University of Munich. A new beach sport infrastructure with 13 beach volleyball pits was recently completed for this 9th...

20.08.2017 - "Green Clay" – How clay courts can quickly become natural grass pitches

Clay courts are to the greatest possible extent obsolete. Although held in high regard by communities and sports facility operators due their nearly unlimited life...

16.10.2017 - Plenty of sports in one place

A wide range of sports on offer is welcomed in many places and for this reason, in many cities and communities a large number of sporting possibilities are available...

15.02.2018 - Noise protection for sports facilities – Guidelines and implementation

Sport is of outstanding socio-political importance and holds a position of great significance. Unfortunately, noise from sporting events is usually caused during the periods when quiet is generally expected and as such, causes conflict with neighbours.

15.06.2018 - Health risks at the sports ground? – A closer look at use of SBR granules

SBR granules used in artificial turf pitches have been subject to criticism for some time now. This is mainly due to the potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which they contain. Awareness of...