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STRI Group announce Chinese partnership

STRI Group has taken a major step into the Chinese sports turf market after striking an agreement with Beijing iRENA Group and Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional Co. to improve football pitches across China.

The Yorkshire-based global sports turf consultants, and research specialists, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with intent to work alongside the Chinese businesses, as it plans to expand across the Far East.

This collaboration is uniquely placed to combine the highest standard of international expertise with local experience in order to improve sports surfaces across all levels of facility within China. With more than 80 years of experience, including the last two World Cups and Olympic Games, STRI bring the same creative but practical solutions for design, establishment and management of sports surfaces to China.

Beijing iRENA Group and Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional Co. have a detailed understanding of the sports industry and of operating facilities within China. The partnership will help fuse the international solutions provided by STRI into the local market.

Manchester United recently trained at Century Park, in preparation for their International Champions Cup clash with Borussia Dortmund. The exclusive facility, in central Shanghai, is owned and operated by Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional Co. and the pitch is prepared by STRI.

Over the past five years, STRI has reinforced its position as market leader in the sports surface industry. Significant investments have been made, including the development of new research facilities in Australia and Qatar, and the launch of design and consultancy hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

STRI Group Director, Lee Penrose, said:

Through the establishment of this unique relationship, STRI are proud to support President Xi Jinping’s vision for the growth of the Chinese football industry. We are committed to a long term future of providing our cutting edge solutions, training and leadership to the local sports surface industry through sharing our international expertise.

Hao Qing of Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional, said:

A future partnership with iRENA and STRI represents a significant milestone for the Chinese football industry. The Chinese government wants to build 60,000 new football pitches in China, so the co-operation with the world’s leading sports turf research, design and consulting company presents a significant opportunity to develop European quality football pitches locally. China will now be able to compete for pitch quality on an international stage.


About STRI

STRI is the leading global design and consultancy specialist for the development of elite standard sports surfaces. Providing advice and expertise on the research, design, construction and management of both natural and artificial sports fields of play across the world.

The Company was established in the UK in 1929, and now operates globally out of its three research and design hubs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Clients include some of the world’s most iconic sports venues, international tournaments, sports governing bodies, sports club owners and facilities managers, local authorities and schools.

STRI has within its capabilities extensive staff resources working across wide range of R&D, design, consultancy and sustainability disciplines.

The company’s websites at and contain more information on the Group and their range of services.

Sports Turf will be among the focuses for our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition being held at the Yokohama Arena this September, 26-28. Check out the Preliminary Conference Program online at: and make sure to guarantee your place at this must-attend event for those working in the global sports venue design/build, management, operation and technology sector.


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