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Replay’s tidy tracks Harrod supplied kit to all London 2012 hockey and football venues Harrod scores with football


and hockey equipment Harrod has recently supplied sports equip- ment to the football training facility at Warwick University and will be supplying kit to other GTTVs which are due to house the Olympic and Paralympic football and hockey athletes for pre-Games training.


Harrod marketing manager Kevin Utton says the company installed three sets of football


goals at Warwick University, when it was used to host the two teams that were competing for the final Olympic qualifying spot at the recent test event held at the Ricoh Arena. “We are also supplying equipment to all eight football training venues as well as Old Loughtonians Hockey Club – the GTTV for hockey,” he says.


Setting sports surfacing standards


Surfacing Standards Ltd (SSL) was appointed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and contracted by international project management company Leadlease to act as clerk of work for the new sports facilities located within the Olympic Village. SSL’s brief was to oversee the design, the development and the construction of a full- size synthetic turf training pitch, tennis and netball courts, basketball courts and a large


cricket training facility. Following the Olym- pic and Paralympic Games these sports facilities will be inherited by the new Chob- ham Academy, which will be situated within the Olympic Village – when the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park re-opens after the Games are over.


The campus is expected to become a


focal point for local families living at East Vil- lage and the surrounding neighbourhoods.


Proathletics empowers elite athletes


Proathletics has supplied and installed athletics track and field hardware at Mayesbrook Park Arena and Newham Sports Complex (on be- half of Charles Lawrence Sports Surfaces) as well as the high performance athletic centres at Lee Valley Athletics Centre and Loughbor- ough University.


According to Proathletics director Adam Gray, the product range is aimed at track and


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field athletics, from grassroots to Grand Prix. “We supply all hardware needed by an athlet- ics stadium, from starting blocks right through to landing areas – including a complete range of throwing equipment,” he says. “We also have a long history in supplying individual elite athletes with specialist athletics equipment, such as the young discus thrower Lawrence Okoye,” Gray says.


Athletics tracks and pitches at three GTTVs are benefiting from a unique cleaning process from sports surface maintenance specialist Replay. The Revive process, which uses a specially developed, single-operator machine to remove contaminants from in- filled and water-based synthetic turf carpet as well as polymeric surfaces, is being used at Mayesbrook Park Arena, Newham Sports Complex and Warwick University. Interchangeable and adaptable heads on the Revive machine mean that a double brush can be used to break up any contamination and remove it with a powerful vacuum filter system for complete disposal off site. All three locations have service agreements with Replay, with the sports surfaces being cleaned once a month. This will increase to once a week during the run up to, and during the London Games.


Put to the test by Labosport


In 2009, Labosport, the independent laboratory that tests sports surfaces and equipment, was commissioned by LOCOG to undertake a series of assessments of a large number of proposed GTTVs in and around the East London area. These included athletics tracks, hockey pitches and indoor facilities.


Reports were issued to LOCOG on each facility, which commented on its ability to meet international sports federa- tion requirements.


As a result of this work, Labosport went on to:


• Advise on the technical specifications, on behalf of LOCOG, for the Framework agreement tender process for the hockey competition pitches at the Olympic Park and the two GTTV hockey pitches at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club.


• Produce the technical specifications for the tender process for the two GTTV athletics tracks at Newham Sports Complex and Mayesbrook Park Arena. • Undertake construction inspections and final testing of the two GTTV hockey pitches and the two athletics venues to ensure they met international hockey and athletic federation requirements.


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