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The Federation Française de Rugby’s new stadium project reached another exciting milestone this week, with the signing of the contract between the FFR and the developer and main contractor, Ibelys. The contract was signed at a ceremony in Paris by the President of the FFR, Pierre Camou, and BESIX Europe General Manager, Jean Polet.  

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Global sports facility consultants and sport industry research specialists, STRI, has announced that Mark Godfrey has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the STRI Group, effective May 2016. Mark previously held the position as Australasia Managing Director and prior to that Group Finance Director. He joined the company in 2006.

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STRI has announced the move of the Melbourne based SportsTurf into the STRI Group, strengthening its position as the worlds’ largest sports surface consultancy and continuing its drive to become the consultancy group of choice in Australia and Asia-Pacific.

STRI Australasia Managing Director, Mark Godfrey said of the acquisition

Today we have reaffirmed our long term commitment to the Australian sports industry and significantly increased our portfolio of services. Increasingly clients are seeking new and cost effective ways to deliver the highest quality sports surfaces for the end user and maximise their return on investment. Combining the local expertise and exceptional service levels of SportsTurf with the global reach of STRI will provide new and existing clients with unrivalled levels of support and innovation.

SportsTurf was established in 1992 to offer a scientifically grounded independent agronomy service to the sports turf industry. Over the years, SportsTurf has evolved to become the local industry leader offering a broad range of services, including consultancy, survey, design, surface assessments, audits, benchmarking and laboratory tests with six consultants and a combined experience of over 130 years!

SportsTurf Director Ron McCartney commented

Sportsturf remain committed to offering all clients the same high standard of technical excellence on which the business has built its reputation. We are thrilled to become part of the STRI Group and look forward to many more years supporting the local sports turf industry.

Dr Marke Jennings-Temple, Operations Director for STRI Australasia, continued;

The opportunity to secure the services of highly-respected researchers and consultants comes along very rarely and was an opportunity not to be missed. STRI feel the ethos, approach and credibility of SportsTurf fit extremely well with our own values and together we offer an unmatched range of services.

SportsTurf will continue to operate under its well-known name with the same talented staff, working out of their