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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed Polytan as an official Global Supplier, guaranteeing them exclusive rights, including the supply of the turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The seven-year partnership, with an option for a two-year extension to incorporate the 2024 Olympic Games, represents a major leap for the FIH and is proof that the Hockey Revolution strategy provides hockey’s partners with real business opportunities.

This relationship signifies a major increase in the commercial value of hockey. As well as a significant investment, the agreement includes the provision of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 men’s and women’s Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. One of the key features will be the creation of an FIH Hockey World Cup turf that will add value to Polytan’s product range and build brand equity for FIH.

The FIH will also actively support Polytan’s business in key growth markets such as India and China, and traditional hockey markets in Europe. Additionally, Polytan will be provided with a customised set of visibility, marketing and networking opportunities that are all designed to actively create new business.

Speaking about this news, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said:

We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, an organisation that has built a solid foundation of trust having delivered a number of world-class hockey turfs over the years, including at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic venues. Being named as our Global Supplier is recognition of both their continued investment in our sport and their innovative approach to developing top quality surfaces to play hockey on.

FIH President, Leandro Negre added:

Polytan’s commitment to hockey and growing the game, along with their professional approach and renowned quality ensured this was the perfect match for both organisations. We look forward to working with them to build hockey over the coming years through their commitment to and engagement in our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup (owners of Polytan) commented:

This relationship is incredibly important for the future of hockey, a sport which we firmly believe in. That’s why we have done everything in our power to develop class-leading products to enable us to become a strong partner that FIH can trust.

This has involved a considerable amount of investment which has seen our experts draw upon the knowledge of FIH and seek practical input from the sport’s leading athletes. This shows just how passionate we are about providing the best for our customers – something that will be recognised by the sport as we continue to work with FIH to develop hockey over the coming years as part of our relationship.

This latest partnership follows last year’s launch of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development. For more information about this programme, visit the Hockey Turf section of the FIH website by clicking here.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Main photo: Stephen Niven, CEO Sport Group Asia Pacific with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed this week the seven companies who have been appointed as official FIH Suppliers, namely: Act Global, AstroTurf, Edel Grass, FieldTurf (now incorporating Desso), Lano, Polytan and TenCate Grass (representing the brands GreenFields and TigerTurf).

As part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, these 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.

In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, the seven suppliers have also demonstrated their commitment to working with 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. The companies contribute 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.

This 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.

Speaking of these appointments, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said:

An extensive evaluation process has been undertaken to ensure that all these suppliers can provide high levels of quality to the hockey community. However, we also wanted to ensure that they would also contribute to the aims and objectives of our Federation which is to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

FIH President Leandro Negre acknowledged the progress being made by the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf. He said:

We believe that the long-term success of our sport lies in the quality of hockey facilities around the world. As part of the Hockey Revolution we want to create international standards ensuring the sustainability, affordability and accessibility of hockey fields worldwide, key recommendations also outlined in the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Agenda 2020. The appointment of these seven suppliers marks an important milestone in our development of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf.

Alastair Cox, FIH Facilities Manager, added:

We are delighted to announce these seven suppliers into our official quality assurance programme. Organisations can now be confident that by using these suppliers, their field will perform correctly, is safe, built to specification and maintains performance. As a result, this will improve the sustainability and affordability of hockey turf fields, which will have a significant impact on the long term development of hockey.

It was also confirmed earlier this week that S&C Slatter Ltd based in England were registered as the first FIH Certified Field Builder.

This certification assures that approved contractors are specialists in the field building area – they have a proven ability to construct fields to the standards required for hockey, have appropriate in-house civil engineering expertise for the design and construction of hockey fields, operate quality management systems to ensure consistency in their work and provide comprehensive maintenance advice to their customers.

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