Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Ground Transformation ahead Team GB Football Squad Arrival

Fri 13th Jul 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

London’s Eltham College pitches have been completely overhauled by Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in preparation of the imminent arrival of Team GB’s football squad as they prepare to take on Senegal, UAE and Uruguay.

STRI has ensured Team GB will be greeted to first class training pitches as Great Britain compete in the football competition for the first time since 1960. Eltham College will also host the other international football teams who are playing their matches at Wembley Stadium.

STRI was appointed to oversee the preparation of the pitches at Eltham in August 2011 and has improved the playing surface with irrigation, drainage and a surface renovation programme, managed by R&K Kensett Ltd. The south east London educational establishment has seen its football pitches levelled and reseeded to complement a newly refurbished College Meadow Pavilion.

Eltham College is one of eight venues throughout the UK that will benefit from a sporting legacy following the work done by Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) at all the football training facilities.

Commenting on the completion of improvement works at Eltham College Lee Penrose, Project Manager for STRI said: “The work we have undertaken on these pitches will not only give Stuart Pearce’s squad Premier League standard surfaces to train on, but will also prove a lasting legacy for the college to enjoy after the Games. They now have world class playing surfaces and these improvements will ensure the pitches remain in great condition.”

Former Olympian and current STRI non-executive board member Derek Lewin represented the Great Britain football team at the 1956 Olympics in Australia. The team trained at a local school in Melbourne on the eve of the games there and he acknowledges the legacy value of each training venue: “Educational establishments have often been utilised by Olympic teams but the standard of these training facilities has improved markedly beyond all recognition.”

Tony Timms, Eltham College Estates Manager, added: “Everyone at the college is extremely proud to host Team GB and the other teams who will use our facilities. They will be welcomed to first class training pitches following the work undertaken with STRI. In addition, following the Games, our pupils will benefit from the transformation for many years to come.”

 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

http://www.buttonshut.com http://www.buttonshut.com http://www.buttonshut.com

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION

SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

In Focus: SISGrass Shows Its Strength

Mon 10th Apr 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

From Russia 2018 World Cup venues to Derby County, 2016 was the year to remember for SISGrass. fcbusiness speaks to Phil Blackwell, UK Project Director for the Cumbria based company about their...

AFC Fylde Lay Foundations For New Education Centre

Thu 6th Apr 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation has revealed further details about its new £400,000 Education Centre, which is due to open at the £25m Mill Farm Sports Village later this year....

Wembley Stadium: Experiencing Club Wembley

Fri 31st Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous football grounds anywhere in the world. The new stadium opened in 2007, and as this was our first visit, we wanted to do it in style with some hospitality....

Sweden Gets First Taste of SISGrass

Tue 28th Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Sweden has had its first taste of the revolutionary SISGrass hybrid system following the turfing of the Gamla Ullevi football stadium in Gothenburg. Premier Pitches removed the pitch and SIS installed...