Job search
Job Search

sport-kit.net: Product innovation

Lauren Heath-Jones takes a look at the latest technology and innovation currently making waves across the world of sport

Published in Sports Management 2018 issue 2
Read on turning pages | Download PDF of this issue

For full company and contact details of any of the products and services featured here, please visit www.sport-kit.net

Replay’s PitchPassport 365 ‘streamlines operations’, says Garry Martin

Garry Martin, 
Replay managing director
Garry Martin, Replay managing director

UK-based synthetic turf maintenance specialist Replay has launched PitchPassport 365, a new tool that includes an app and online platform, which the company claims is set to ‘revolutionise’ the recording and traceability of synthetic turf maintenance.

It is designed to enable communications between the manufacturer, installer, maintainer and the facility, allowing them to input historical, current and predictive maintenance information about the turf. The information gathered can then be used to identify and resolve minor maintenance issues before they become major concerns.

Heat mapping technology is a key feature, using an embedded algorithm to produce a map of the pitch depicting areas of wear and tear.

Garry Martin, Replay managing director, says: “We now have a tool that not only streamlines our operations but offers tracking and traceability of works that has never previously been available. This enhances health, safety and asset protection and removes grey areas and burden of proof.”

Sport-kit keyword: REPLAY

The app features online and offline functionality
The app features online and offline functionality

Murfitt’s PRO-gran offers a more ‘enjoyable playing experience’, says Mark Murfitt

Mark Murfitt, founder and managing director
Mark Murfitt, founder and managing director

Murfitt’s, a UK-based manufacturer of artificial sports pitches, has developed PRO-gran, a new infill for artificial pitches that is designed to improve the lifespan of the pitch, as well as eliminate environmental and player health risks.

PRO-gran is a black rubber crumb artificial turf infill, made from rubber reclaimed from recycled tires, and coated in polyurethane. It is engineered to offer a superior playing experience, due to lower surface temperatures and effective drainage. It also has no aroma, no airborne particles and almost no splashing.

In addition, the infill has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it meets EU standards, and is 100 per cent safe for the environment.

Mark Murfitt, founder and managing director, says: “We offer a product that not only eliminates any concern about player or public health, but also creates a more enjoyable playing experience.”

Murfitt adds: “The feedback we’ve had so far has been incredibly positive.”

Sport-kit keyword: MURFITT’S

The infill is designed to improve the pitch’s lifespan
The infill is designed to improve the pitch’s lifespan

Steve Savage on Garran Lockers installation at USW

Steve Savage, USW sport and business development manager
Steve Savage, USW sport and business development manager

The University of South Wales (USW) has opened a new £15 m (US$21m, €16.9m) sports facility close to the Pontypridd campus in Rhydyfelin, South Wales.

The new sports park, which provides training equipment and facilities for students and athletes alike, features a strength and conditioning centre, observation galleries, a full size 3G pitch and changing rooms.

The project was presided over by construction company Kier Construction, who commissioned Garran Lockers to design, manufacture and install bespoke storage lockers and changing room equipment.

The company fitted custom lockers, bench seating, cloakroom units and hookboards in red, white and black, USW’s official colour scheme.

Additionally Garran Lockers supplied and fitted a number of water-resistant lockers in wet areas. The lockers, from Garran’s supreme range, are powder-coated and made from 1.5mm aluminium. They’re designed to prevent rust and corrosion.

Steve Savage, sport and business development manager at the University, says: “We are extremely pleased with everything that Garran provided, the lockers look phenomenal and match the high-quality specification that we required.”

Sport-kit keyword: GARRAN LOCKERS

The changing rooms feature USW’s official colour scheme
The changing rooms feature USW’s official colour scheme

Aston Villa’s new contactless technology gives fans ‘the best experience possible’, says Luke Organ

Luke Organ, chief commercial officer at Aston Villa FC
Luke Organ, chief commercial officer at Aston Villa FC

Aston Villa Football Club has become the first in the world to integrate pre-paid contactless and chip and pin payment technology into its season and member cards. The technology behind the new integrated payment and stadium access card is provided by interactive data platform FortressGB.

The technology will enable fans to use their cards to make contactless payments up to £30, with customers earning ‘Pride Rewards’ points which can be used to buy club merchandise and other items.

Fans will also be able to use their cards to gain entry to Villa Park stadium and all of its payment terminals.

“We’re committed to giving fans the best experience possible when dealing with the club,” says Luke Organ, chief commercial officer at Aston Villa FC.”

“The new contactless, chip and pin technology will ensure they can buy merchandise and refreshments at the ground on match day, or on the high street with our affiliate retail partners – all the time earning points.”

Traditionally, season and member cards are restricted to stadium access and online members benefits but by introducing the integrated payment capability, the club will gain access to more data about the shopping habits of card holders.

Organ adds: “Our corporate partners and other high street retailers will leverage the buying power of the significant Aston Villa fan base.”

Sport-kit keyword : FORTRESS GB

Fans will be able to use the cards at the ground or high street
Fans will be able to use the cards at the ground or high street
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide, United Kingdom

Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary:
Location: MacDonald Road, London N19 5DD, UK

Apprentice Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Greenwich, London, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Crystal Palace, London, UK

General Assistant

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.20 per hour
Location: Kentish Town, London, UK

Recreation Assistant

Kingston College
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Golf Course Contract Manager

LeisureForce
Salary: IRO £42,000 per annum tax-free
Location: London, UK

Fitness Club / Studio Manager (female only)

SportsJobs4Women
Salary: IRO £42,000 per annum tax-free
Location: London, UK
recruiting with sports management

Leisure Assistant

Hellidon Lakes Hotel
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Hellidon, Daventry, UK

Centre Manager

CV Life
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Coventry, UK

Children and Families Programme Manager

Mytime Active
Salary: Up to £35000 per annum
Location: Kent, England, UK

Recreation Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Fareham, UK

Climbing Wall Instructor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stowmarket, UK

Sales and Events Manager

Inspiring healthy lifestyles
Salary: £20,617 + Commission
Location: Selby, UK

General Manager

énergie group
Salary: Competitive
Location: Canterbury, UK
recruiting with sports management

Sports Assistants

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Easton, Bristol, UK

Recreation Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Rotherhithe, London, UK

Crew Member/Fitness Instructor

énergie group
Salary: Competitive
Location: Woolwich, London, UK

Club Host

énergie group
Salary: 18K per annum
Location: Woolwich, London, UK

Club Manager

Les Mills
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Recreation Assistant

Mytime Active
Salary: Up to £7.83 per hour
Location: Kent, England, UK

Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,806 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Gerrards Cross, UK
training with sports management

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Wembley, UK

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Southam

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Fleet, UK

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Aylesbury, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,320 per annum
Location: Ruislip, West London

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Hackney, East London

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Covent Garden, London
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  apprenticeships jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  recreation assistant jobs  Swimming instructor jobs  duty manager jobs  personal trainer jobs  front of house jobs  Team Leader jobs  Chef jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Active IQ
Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and strive to provide high quality resources for our qualifications enabling Training Providers to give a positive learning experience.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: GANTNER Ltd
GANTNER is the leading supplier of SMART Card system solutions. Our products are designed for the global leisure industry (leisure centres, water parks, fitness clubs, spas etc).
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Taylor Made Designs celebrates 25 years
Back in 1993, James Taylor, the founder and managing director of Taylor Made Designs (TMD), started printing t-shirts for local companies and schools.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: White Rocks, Hastings
Company: GVA
Location:
Company: Gravesham Borough Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

22-23 Sep 2018
Worldwide,
24-27 Sep 2018
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, United States
29-30 Sep 2018
SEC Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
04-05 Oct 2018
Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, United Kingdom
More diary dates