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SHOOT FOR THE STARS


Gerflor’s takeover of American company Connor Sport Court International means their sports floors have a huge global reach and have even been used in the Olympics.


In 2015 International flooring specialist Gerflor announced their acquisition of Connor Sport Court International in a move that subsequently expanded the company’s global market reach and sports product range portfolio.


Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the leader in hardwood sports flooring and in 1974 Sport Court was formed, providing the market with the original modular sport surface used for outdoor athletics. With 250 employees Connor Sports flooring and Sport Court are registered trademarks of Connor and have two manufacturing sites in the USA. The company has sales in more than 75 countries and installations on all seven continents.


sought to buy eight courts for basketball and wheelchair basketball arenas. They would specify a total of 75,000m² of flooring that would need to undergo the rigours of top-flight performance.


The criteria stipulated that it had to be an FIBA level 1 floor, be removable for re-use after the games, and provide outstanding on-site support. The committee selected Connor Sports QuickLock floors. Roberto Siviero General Manager, Sport Competition said at the time: “We used Connor Sports courts for Basketball/Wheelchair Basketball at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition, warm-up and practice venues. We received very positive feed- back from the players, coaches and officials on the court’s look, feel and play characteristics.”


With a large global reach and presence, it’s no wonder that Connor Sports products feature heavily in the Olympic story. The 2016 Rio Olympic Committee


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The UK has introduced four systems from the Connor Sports family providing a host of high quality sports flooring solutions for a myriad of markets. Available now are the following: NeoShok, Rezill Sleeper and Alliance, with stock levels held in France. The fourth available product is the QuickLock portable system, also held in France, it is ideal for temporary use in a multitude of sporting events. All the above systems can be finished in three different grades of 57X20mm North American Hard Maple strip.


Connor Sport Court specialises in both wood and synthetic surfaces and have appropriate solutions for every type of athletic venue, park or multi-use facility.


They provide products that are ideal for a myriad of sport uses in education colleges and universities, schools, sports and leisure centres, the military, sporting arenas, together with dance floor studios and fitness venues.


The safest outdoor court in the world, PowerGame from Connor Sport Court features the lowest skin abrasion of any outdoor court surface and is made of the highest quality materials and UV stabilisers to protect the specifiers investment and is a perfect fit for a host of performance sports including; badminton, tennis, basketball, netball and hockey. The patented Double- Tier shock absorbing grid and Lateral Forgiveness reduces joint strain and fatigue to help participants play longer and more safely than ever. Available in 16 stunning colour choices the performance of PowerGame is also designed to deliver excellent ball bounce, a huge factor in both on-court response and enjoyment. After all, who wants to play a dull game?


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