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GrassMaster at the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia

Russia will host the 21st FIFA World Cup from June 14th to July 15th this summer. GrassMaster by Tarkett Sports will again be present at this elite-level tournament. The pioneers of hybrid grass were already part of the game in the last two FIFA World Cups: Brazil in 2014 and South Africa in 2010. Launching a new tradition.

The challenges and possibilities of the multifunctional Amsterdam ArenA PlayMaster pitch

Paal Baas and Arjan Knottnerus shared insights related to multifunctionality at the Amsterdam ArenA, their hybrid Lay&Play solution, challenges and their protocol when hosting events on the pitch.

Interview with Martin Brummel, Grounds Manager at AFC Ajax

ESSMA interviewed Martin Brummel, Grounds Manager at training centre “De Toekomst” of AFC Ajax. Martin has over 30 years of greenkeeper experience in both the golf and football industry. His career at AFC Ajax started in 2015 with daily tasks like pitch quality improvement, data collection and looking for/implementing innovations. Delegates of our Pitch Management Workshop, taking place 17 and 18 April in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), will have the opportunity to visit the training centre “De To…

Interview with Paul Baas, Field Manager at Amsterdam ArenA

ESSMA interviewed Paul Baas, Field Manager at Amsterdam ArenA and responsible for the PlayMaster pitch since the 2016/2017 season, about the daily operations and how they manage the pitch. Amsterdam ArenA is the host venue of the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop taking place on 17 and 18 April 2018.

Six Nations: How the grounds staff are preparing

For many sports fans it is the most exciting time of the year. The NatWest Six Nations is a celebration of sport and while non-rugby fans can wonder at what on earth is going on – particularly at scrum time – for those in the know each inch over the gain line, or steal from a line-out is celebrated like the winning goal in the round ball game. The six stadiums used are some of the finest in all sport and the pitches, which take some of the greatest hammerings around, are more often than not imm…

Feyenoord Rotterdam chooses GrassMaster for new training complex

At the start of the new 2018-2019 season Feyenoord Rotterdam will train on GrassMaster. The players of the first team will be able to enjoy a brand new training centre, for which the club chose to install Tarkett Sports’ hybrid system. By opting for GrassMaster, Feyenoord joins other Dutch clubs such as AFC Ajax, FC Groningen, AZ Aklmaar and FC Utrecht; who also train on the hybrid grass pitch. “We're happy with choosing GrassMaster for our new training centre, since we've had nothing but go…