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A new quality benchmark for synthetic turf has entered the Asian sporting market, with the latest FIFA Certified pitch from Act Global at Ho Chi Minh University of Sport – featuring Bonar Yarns MN Global fibres.

As players set foot on the new pitch at Ho Chi Minh City University of Sport, they are the first in Asia to enjoy the latest in 3G football turf technology. Featuring the latest synthetic turf technology from Bonar Yarns, the prestigious training academy has set new benchmarks in quality, durability and performance for the region’s top playing surfaces.

The sports turf, Xtreme Turf DX, is manufactured by Act Global at their USA facility under ISO 9001 quality standards featuring an exclusive MN Global yarn blend from Bonar Yarns – a fibre that was developed in collaboration with Act Global.

The university chose FIFA preferred producer, Act Global, and Bonar Yarns high performing MN Global fibres due to its unrivalled durability, safety and performance features – ensuring the highest quality for such a prestigious university.

The pitch was completed with exclusive regional partner Hoang Nguyen Company, a leading installer for top-end football fields in Vietnam. The synthetic turf was finished with performance infill imported from Genan in Denmark, before passing stringent field testing to be certified to elite FIFA Two Star level. This is the second pitch in Vietnam which features Bonar Yarns fibres.

Bryn Lee, Global Business Director of Bonar Yarns, said:

Some of the best surfaces in the world are now synthetic, as they offer a unique balance of durability, resilience and skin friendliness. This is an incredibly exciting project both for Bonar Yarns and Act Global.

The system will greatly exceed the needs of a top international stadium, and has already been featured in several notable facilities, including Canada’s Montreal Olympic Stadium and CSV Apeldoorn in Netherlands.

Daniel Clapham, Regional Sales Manager for Act Global, said:

We are pleased to offer Ho Chi Minh City University our latest and most advanced synthetic turf, suitable for top talent at this important training facility. We are constantly researching, testing and refining our systems to ensure players receive the best in class technology and playing surfaces.

The new pitch will be used more than 50 hours per week by some of the country’s top athletes for training and matches. The dual-fibre system offers an ideal balance of player comfort and resilience, with durability testing exceeding FIFA’s standards by more than six times.

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Sports University HCMC Vietnam. Courtesy: Act Global

New 3G pitch for Rugby Union team, Rosslyn Park

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After nearly a month of preparation works, the new 3G pitch is ready to be laid this week by SIS Pitches for National League One team, Rosslyn Park RFC.

They are the third rugby union team to convert to artificial grass by SIS Pitches, following on from Newcastle Falcons in 2014, and Saracen’s in 2013, who both play in the Aviva Premiership league.

The current natural turf pitch at the London stadium is being replaced with SIS Pitches’ premium product, Rugger 65, which is also used by the two Premiership teams. It is ideal for rugby games, with proven durability even after intensive use. This was also manufactured by SIS Pitches in their Cumbrian factory, and will be tested to meet World Rugby Standards.

Rugger 65 incorporates top of the range yarn, MN Ultra from Scottish firm Bonar Yarns, who are a key supplier to SIS Pitches.

Bryn Lee, Commercial Director at Bonar Yarns, commented:

Rosslyn Park is one of the oldest clubs in the country and now becomes one of the first to embrace 3G synthetic turf technology. In choosing SIS Pitches’ product Rugger 65, which incorporates Bonar Yarns MN Ultra fibre for the grass, Rosslyn Park have opted for a market-leading system designed for a fast paced game of rugby.

No doubt the League One side, plus the other teams throughout one of London’s largest clubs, will relish the new pitch.

Rosslyn Park wanted to convert its grass rugby pitch into an artificial playing pitch on its main site to increase activity across its membership and the local community.

The new artificial pitch forms part of a whole club development project titled ‘Securing the club’s future’, which also includes new shower and toilet facilities, new fencing and improvements to the bar and catering facilities.

Shaun Justice, Managing Director for Rosslyn Park, said:

We are very excited about the new pitch currently being installed by SIS Pitches. Replacing the grass pitch and training area with an artificial 3G pitch facility will allow the club to significantly increase playing time, activity levels and access, benefitting all playing and non-playing sections of the club.

Use of the 3G pitch will also be offered to the wider Wandsworth community, an area deprived of good quality outdoor pitches.

Final works to complete the project at Rosslyn Park’s rugby club ground should take another few weeks, and the new pitch will be ready in plenty of time for the new rugby season starting in September.

SIS Pitches will also be working with another National League one team over the summer, with a new 3G pitch also being installed for Loughborough University.

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The FA have confirmed that 3G pitches will be allowed in every round of The FA Cup from next season. FA Cup rules currently state that 3G surfaces are not allowed to be used after the First Round Proper, but from the 2014-15 FA Cup campaign surfaces that are on the register of 3G football turf pitches will be able to be used right through the competition.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “We’re delighted that The FA Cup committee and the professional game board have approved this rule change, as recommended by The FA board. Clubs are increasingly seeing the benefits of using 3G surfaces across the football pyramid and clubs who play on those surfaces can now retain home advantage in the competition. They are a very useful asset and capable of delivering 50 plus hours per week.”

Horne also explained the benefits of 3G for wider use in the grassroots football community: “They are a very useful asset and capable of delivering 50 plus hours per week as compared to a natural turf pitch which can deliver perhaps five hours per week. This is clearly an advantage for clubs, or communities, wishing to deliver a pitch with sustainable running costs.”

Horne continued: “The value of 3G pitches has been clearly demonstrated during the recent wet weather where leagues within the grassroots game have migrated to them to address fixture backlogs. There are only around 600 good quality artificial grass pitches across the country that are used extensively for training and development, and increasingly for fixtures. The FA is looking at plans to get more delivered long-term in England.”

Source: ESTO