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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

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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
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