Among the wide range of actors taking part on the deployment of sports activity, people involved in maintenance play an important role taking into account that the economic influence of this activity on the overall cost of the installation is around 15% for artificial grass (Rachel Simon, Review of the Impacts of Crumb Rubber in Artificial Turf Applications, University of California, Berkeley). FIFA highlights the importance of an appropriated maintenance of synthetic turf pitch when referring to football playground infrastructures. The economic impact relies on the fact that the lifecycle of the synthetic grass pitch will be increased and the corresponding payback of the investment will be achieved.
Ensuring an optimum maintenance of the football pitch will also ensure longevity and safety over its time, as well as a better playing performance and good appearance. Furthermore, a proper maintenance is required by the artificial turf manufacturers and installers to ensure guaranty period as well as the FIFA quality concept certificate to keep its certification.
In this sense, adequate skills are necessary to organize and perform the tasks of maintenance in football pitches in an optimum way to ensure efficiency of all the resources and best results.
As a consequence, some efforts should be addressed to offer best training tools to this end involving a wide range of target users.
The main objective in this project is to improve safety and quality conditions in artificial turf sport fields as well as extend its useful life.
In order to achieve it, the project aims to improve its maintenance with researching in and increasing the knowledge about artificial sport fields maintenance and disseminating this knowledge among all Europeans maintenance professionals through the creation of a free on-line course in four languages (English, French, Dutch and Spanish).
In the other hand, are intended to achieve associated benefits as reduction of polluting emissions and energy savings due to decreasing production of artificial turf sport fields and extending useful life. Is planed also to achieve improving professionalization of workers in the economic sector of sport facilities maintenance. All these benefits are aligned with European policies.
With this project is intended to achieve an economical saving of about 750 Millions € per year in whole European Union through the reduction of artificial turf sport fields renovation cost.
KICK-OFF MEETING 6th and 7th April 2017 (Valencia)
Held in Valencia on 6th and 7th April 2017, the whole consortium met for first time and discuss about how to start up and implement the project. They also visited several artificial turf sport fields in the city and talked with maintenance officials to get feed-back for the project.
MID-TERM TECHNICAL MEETING End of 2017 (Marsella)
To be held in Marseille at the end of 2017 is planed to be a practical forum with the presence of experts in the maintenance of artificial turf. It will be disseminated and validated first project progresses and at the same time a consortium technical meeting to discuss about this project progress.
PRESENTATION OF PROJECT RESULTS September 2018 (Brussels)
To be held in September 2018 in Brussels for present all the project results to the European people in the framework of European parliament.
Tasks, Intellectual Outputs Results
The final project result will be an on-line course about maintenance of artificial turf sport fields in four languages (French, English, Dutch and Spanish). The content of this course will be available for free on European platform for projects results.
But in addition to this final result, are planned to carry out some tasks and to obtain several intellectual outputs during project development.
Creation and conduction of focus groups in each country of the consortium
Creation and conduction of surveys with European experts in maintenance
Generation and validation of contents
Generation and validation of an on-line pilot course in English
Implementation of improvements and changes and translation of the course to other languages.