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March 2009 - 7th Workshop/Seminar- Maintaining Performance of Synthetic Sport Surfaces

The day was successful, with around 45 delegates, and included healthy discussion on aspects of best practice maintenance, best use of equipment, data from current and recent research, longevity of surfaces, warranties and the need for better education of clients and owever/operators

Copies of the presentations from the 7th SportSURF workshop can now be viewed. To navigate there use the left hand menu 'click on' events.

JANUARY 2009 - Outdoor Pitches - Drainage and Water Quality Project

The IOG, SAPCA, Sport England and Loughborough University are collaborating on a 3 year innovative research project investigating the behaviour of pitch sub-surface structures to provide effective attenuation of rainfall and control of runoff into local water courses. Part of the work will be to monitor some current pitch installations, and this includes evaluation of water quality issues on water retained on surfaces and the discharge from these pitch structures. The work is aimed at producing updated design and construction guidance for the sport surface industry and planning authorities.

For more details view - CLICK HERE

1st August 2007 - Cricket Aeration Research Project

The IOG 2012 fund seeks to provide grant funding for innovative research into the maintenance and management of outdoor surfaces for sport. The fund has been established to provide a conduit for research into sports turf and seeks the collaboration of governing bodies and others within sport to provide partnership and financial support for the fund. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has offered support to towards a joint research project into the aeration of fine turf areas, and the 2012 fund is now seeking partners to undertake this research programme.

For Full details - CLICK HERE

22nd March 2007 - We want your details of your research!

A new feature has been added to this website which enables you to search for research articles and add your own research papers/projects onto the database. Follow the link on the left hand menu to use this new feature. 

15th March 2007 - STARSS conference page updated

Please visit the STARSS pages for more information, including a registration form and programme.

2nd January 2007 - Website update

This website has been updated with many new pages, please feel free to navigate around. Highlights include the new STARSS conference page, please visit it for regular updates.

28th December 2006 - New Newsletter

The latest newsletter is now available for download please visit the downloads section.

27th December 2006 - 4th Workshop

The 4th SportSURF workshop will be held in the city of Sheffield, UK. More details will be announced shortly.

27th December 2006 - New Downloads

Copies of the presentations from the 3rd SportSURF workshop can now be downloaded. To navigate there use the left hand menu 'click on' events.

29th September 2006

SportSURF's 3rd one day workshop will be held at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 22nd November 2006. The workshop title is:

Player-Surface Interaction: Biomechanical Studies

Dr Darren Stefanyshyn from the human performance laboratory at the University of Calgary will be the keynote speaker.

Full details for the event and a booking form can be DOWNLOADED HERE

1st September 2006 - STARSS Conference

The inaugural SportSURF conference will be held at Loughborough University on the 17th and 18th September 2007.

The conference is titled:

Science, Technology and Research into Sport Surfaces (STARSS)

More information will be available here soon, until then if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at



26th April 2006

SportSURF's 2nd workshop was hosted on Wednesday 26th April. A review of the workshop is attached below. To download a copy of the presentations given please visit the the workshop webpage using the navigation menu on the left side of this page (click on events).

2nd Workshop Press Release

15th March 2006

SportSURF's 2nd workshop has been set for Wednesday 26th April. Full details of the workshop are included on the flyer below.

Download 2nd workshop flyer here

13th March 2006

A copy of our 1st newsletter is now available for download

Download newsletter here

20th Feb 2006

Wednesday 26th April has been set for the networks 2nd workshop, it will be held at Cranfield University. More details to follow soon, in the meantime if you have any questions please contact

1st Feb 2006

The first workshop at Loughborough University was a great success, a press release of the event is available to download below. Presentations given at the event can be viewed in the downloads section of this website.

Launch press release

10th August 2005

Thursday 17th November has been set for the networks first workshop, it will be held at Loughborough University. More details to follow soon, in the meantime if you have any questions please contact

This first event, combined with a launch will be a one day event with special guests, a series of presentations and an open forum for discussion to help set the priorities of the network's future activities. It will be a great opportunity to find out about the current sports surfaces related research and network with many academics, practitioners and governing bodies. What better time to become involved in this initiative than after the successful 2012 Olympic bid?!

Download launch flyer here