It was time to show the fruits of more than two years of work, and for this the TELETURF project held several events in Brussels, with a full agenda, which allowed to present to the general public the final results obtained, as well as generate a space for exchange of ideas with technicians specializing in the maintenance of artificial turf from several European countries. This project, born under the auspices of the European Union’s Erasmus + programme for training, education, youth and sport, aims to improve the quality and safety conditions of artificial turf fields and to this end it has generated some educational content, free access, which was launched last December in the Belgian capital.
On 4 December, at the European Sports Gala, held at the European Parliament in Brussels and chaired by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsis, the official presentation of the TELETURF project was made by the General Manager of the project, Mr Enrique Orts López and the research technician Mr Sergio Puigcerver Palau. Technicians and policy makers from more than 30 European cities obtained direct information on the economic, social and environmental benefits that the TELETURF Project will provide.
Also, on 5 December, a technical conference was held, also in Brussels, which was attended by international experts from different fields of sports management and maintenance; an analysis was made of the current situation of the sector emphasising the opportunities offered by the TELETURF project. Representatives of important entities such as the European Synthetic Turf Organisation, the Flemish Government, DNS Sport, GroenService or the DGSG laboratories provided interesting points of view that propitiated a fluid exchange of ideas beneficial for all participants.
As for the next steps, it should be remembered that the contents generated will be available free and openly both on this website and on the Results Platform of the European Union. However, for all those interested in participating in the first edition of the Artificial Grass Maintenance online course, information will soon be available on this website, once the final details have been finalized.