SAPCA and Football Foundation Partner for Synthetic Turf Research Project
The synthetic turf industry is facing unprecedented pressure from an environmental perspective, which could have a significant impact on pitch systems and the way they are designed and created. As the industry reacts with new innovations in product design, there will no doubt be a knock-on effect on the cost of the products.
In response, SAPCA has been working on a research project with the Football Foundation in the last months of the year. The joint research project aims to understand the full range of pitch systems that are currently available and the potential impact of using different systems in the construction of pitches both now and in the future.
Using a two-phase approach, the research will include an assessment of what innovation in new system designs are available (Phase 1), and then actually test their suitability through a live site assessment (Phase 2).
The tender to undertake the research was won by Sports Labs, which started work in November. The initial findings will be presented to the Project Steering Group before Christmas, with the final conclusions and life-cycle costings completed by the end of January 2022.
The findings of the research will not only shape Phase 2 of the research, but will also be available to SAPCA members to assist and develop projects in the future.