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The Premier League Grounds Team of the Season award for 2018/19 has been won by Manchester United

Tony Sinclair and his team have won the Premier League's Grounds Team of the Year accolade for 2019, which is judged by referees and match delegates awarding marks during the season on the usage of the pitch and the environmental conditions, as well as an end-of-season quality assessment by independent agronomists. Tony spoke of how the Old Trafford playing surface has come on leaps and bounds in recent times and how his team can be immensely proud of their accomplishment. "It's unbel…

Belgian trade delegation woos Kuwaiti investors

A Belgian trade delegation is currently visiting Kuwait to promote investment and trade. A trade exhibition was held in connection with the visit of the delegation at the Four Points Hotel in Kuwait City yesterday in which around 28 companies participated. The delegation is mostly banking on the advantage of the advanced Belgian technology and innovation especially in the fields of sports and entertainment. Piet Heirbaut, Belgian Ambassador to Kuwait officially graced and inaugurated the tra…

PROBLEM WITH WEARING AND AGING GRASS?

Aging grass Aging and wearing of natural grass is a normal process that’s caused by prolonged usage of the field. It’s a headache for field managers and a nuisance for athletes. When players turn, jump and slide on the grass, they tear the grass blades and sometimes uproot them. A wearing surface becomes soft and slippery, and affects the balls’s bounce and rotating speed. These factors can seriously hamper the players’ performance on the field. Playing on the surface damages the grass quite…

UNSTABLE SURFACE AND NOTICEABLE DIVOTS?

COLD/ HOT WEATHER An unstable surface is often caused by grass roots. Within the playing season, sometimes the temperature drops or rises out of the average range, causing surface instability and divots. In a regular season, stadiums located in the middle and northern parts of Europe have mild temperatures. With today's disrupted climate, the weather is unpredictable, and temperatures suddenly shift. A few chilly nights or hot summer days are enough to cause the natural grass roots to shrink…

HOW TARKETT SPORTS’ APPROACH TO CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR SPORTS FACILITES

Tarkett Sports offers a comprehensive portfolio of sports flooring solutions through its renowned brands: FieldTurf, Beynon Sports, Renner Sports, EasyTurf, Desso, GrassMaster, PlayMaster and Tarkett Sports Indoor.

GrassMaster Solutions offers advice on how best to extend the life of a hybrid pitch

The maintenance of a hybrid pitch is similar to that of a natural grass surface and will vary at different sites, with ‘closed’ stadia and ‘open’ training grounds having differing needs. That said, grounds managers must always consider a number of factors, such as the availability of natural light, air movement, climatic/micro-climate conditions and frequency of use. Annual renovation and professional pitch consultancy are also mandatory if a stable pitch quality is to be maintained.