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AstroTurf Designated FIH Preferred Supplier

FIH Preferred Supplier

Lausanne, Switzerland—The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm that AstroTurf has been appointed as an official FIH Preferred Supplier.

As part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, Preferred Suppliers manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields. Their service provision therefore allows customers to benefit from a one-stop approach to the construction of their new hockey field.

The Preferred Supplier designation is the highest honor in the FIH Quality Programme. In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, AstroTurf has also demonstrated its commitment to working with the FIH around the world to provide high-quality hockey fields suitable for international, national, club and development hockey.

Only companies that are able to demonstrate their commitment to hockey are awarded this prestigious recognition. AstroTurf contributes to the development of hockey by working with the FIH to set the industry standards and build the fields needed to grow and sustain the game.

AstroTurf® has a long history of innovation and leadership in the hockey world. It’s the brand that changed the sport.  It invented turf in 1965, and AstroTurf has been the standard surface for elite hockey pitches since its first use at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  Pam Hixon, former US Olympic Coach,  said, “Field hockey moved off grass and onto synthetic turf 40 years ago when we first played on AstroTurf.  It is no surprise that the FIH has now selected AstroTurf to be a Preferred Supplier.”

The Preferred Supplier initiative is part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf which is aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development.

This internationally recognised quality-assurance programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards for the performance, construction and durability of hockey turf installations worldwide and ensures the appropriate quality for the intended level of play. As a result it will help inspire more people to play hockey, promote player welfare and protect the investment of those funding hockey facilities.

This programme forms an integral part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution, a 10-year strategy that aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As part of the overall strategy a major initiative was launched to increase the degree of professionalism in hockey. The Quality Programme is one of the first results of this initiative.

 

For more information about this programme, visit the new on new Hockey Turf section of FIH website by clicking here.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, universities, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 132 member National Associations.

 

WATER SAVINGS + NO CRUMB RUBBER – GOLDEN SERIES STRIKES BIG FOR LA PARKS

GS collageLOS ANGELES, CA, November 2, 2015 – Another “Gold Rush” appears to have made its way to the state of California – This time rooted in the greater Los Angeles area. Once again, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks was able to captivate the community with Griffith Park’s newly completed John Ferraro Athletic Fields. Made possible through contributions from the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as other generous donors – the Ferraro Fields project is expected to serve over 170,000 youth players and save 9.5 million gallons of water on a year-round basis.

An ecstatic crowd gathered at the four-field facility for Saturday’s grand re-opening to take a first look at the new fields and hear about the coinciding water conservation efforts. Even the ribbon cutting ceremony panned out to be quite a special moment, as local youth were able to stand and celebrate alongside Olympic legends and city leaders. Not to be overshadowed in the midst of Saturday’s excitement is the entire scope of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks’ unequivocal commitment to “provide well-maintained facilities that reflect the public’s needs and interests.” With three “Golden Series” projects now completed for the Department of Recreation and Parks in the past year (and more on the horizon), the future of turf is already booming in Los Angeles!

Safe Fields Alliance Issues Statement in Response to NBC Report

safe fields allianceNew York, NY, October 1, 2015 – Today the Safe Fields Alliance (“SFA”), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber, issued the following statement in response to the September 30th, 2015 NBC News report on this topic:

First and foremost, our sympathy goes out to the cancer patients and their families featured in the NBC report.  Nothing is more important than the safety and health of children.  That is why when making decisions related to children’s safety and health we have to look at the facts and the science, which in this case are extremely clear: synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber are safe.  Dozens of scientific studies, including peer-reviewed academic analyses and federal and state government reports, have all found no connection between these fields and cancer or other health issues.

When this issue was first raised in 2008, a number of studies were commissioned and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community was satisfied that the results showed no reason for concern.  As NBC notes in its report, “No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer.”