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About Polytan Sports Surfaces UK

Polytan Sports Surfaces UK is a one-stop shop for clients seeking industry-leading sports surfaces with all the necessary support services – from designing and manufacturing all the way through to installation.

Our extensive product range is bolstered by Polytan’s decades-long partnership with Sport Group Holding GmbH, a unique group of some of the world’s best-known turf, track, indoor and outdoor sports surface brands, including AstroTurf, Rekortan, Laykold, APT & Melos.

We tailor our products to meet the specific needs of each client, and we do so with a strong commitment to the environment via our Green Technology innovation program.

If you are in the market for an all-weather sport pitch, a sophisticated synthetic turf system, or anything in between, Polytan Sports Surfaces UK is the all-in-one provider you can trust to deliver to your specifications.

Sustainability at Polytan

Polytan has always attributed great importance to sustainability and environmental compatibility. As a system manufacturer with our own research and development, production, sales and in-house installation technology, we can stay true to this claim in our own special way. All Polytan synthetic turf systems and synthetic surfaces are produced at our advanced production site in Grefrath, Germany with green electricity. Our vision with Green Technology is to develop for sport surfaces a ‘totally green supply chain’ that enables us to create climate-positive products for turf and athletic tracks.

Our Products

With over 50 years of experience, Polytan is the global market leader in sports surfaces. Our constantly expanding and improving portfolio of products for athletics, football, handball, hockey, rugby, tennis and others includes high-speed tracks, all-weather courts, shock-absorbent surfaces, synthetic turf systems, and multifunctional playing fields. Better still, all of our products are designed, manufactured and delivered according to the highest national and international standards set by the governing bodies of each sport, including FIFA, World Rugby, World Athletics, ITF and FIH.

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football - the most popular sport in the world

As in most countries, football is the No 1 sport in the UK and as such pitches across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland see heavy usage on a daily basis.

With our LigaTurf Cross, we set out to produce a surface that was highly durable so that it could withstand the constant wear and tear of not only football players but athletes of other sports likely to use the pitch.

Because different infills are used to best match the performance of each sport, our biggest challenge was to create a multipurpose infill for LigaTurf Cross that would remain in place as much as possible while reducing the amount of splash – an occupational hazard for outdoor athletes in a rainy climate.

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LigaTurf Cross

Our solution was to develop the ideal system for university and school use, combining two different types of yarn to achieve the best surface possible for (primarily) football and rugby teams.

LigaTurf Cross is a blend of our texturized LigaGrass Pro yarn and our straight LigaTurf RS+. Together they deliver the best of both: the durability and longevity of the hard-wearing LigaGrass Pro and the optimum performance of LigaTurf RS+, which was specifically designed for stadiums and elite training facilities.

The 3G LigaTurf Cross requires less infill and maintenance requirements thanks to the LigaGrass Pro, while also delivering premium performance for all those athletes looking to showcase their silky skills.

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Rugby – the tough but fair sport with a touch of class

Let’s face it, rugby players are going to get bruised and battered no matter where they play the game. But we at Polytan would prefer that cuts and skin abrasions be the result of the actual play and not the pitch itself.

That was the challenge we set for ourselves when developing LigaTurf RS+, which also had to be strong and measure up to the highest standards for use at elite sites by professional clubs.

One final hurdle we had to overcome was figuring out how to lower the temperature of the playing surface to bring a measure of respite to the athletes on particularly hot days.

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LigaTurf RS+

LigaTurf RS+ tackles the issue of skin abrasions through Sharkskin technology and a Fusion GT infill system that releases moisture to reduce the likelihood of scratches and cuts.

By incorporating a 100% Polytan ENTANGLEMENT function and increased fibre strength, LigaTurf RS+ is also reinforced to aid in the shock absorption of head impacts, thereby lessening the risk of serious injury.

Finally, our unique Polytan CoolPlus technology was brought in to lower the on-pitch temperatures by up to 10 degrees – a welcome relief for all during the height of summer.

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Field hockey – dynamic, elegant and technically demanding

At Polytan, we receive feedback from the people who matter most: the athletes who use our sports surfaces on a daily basis.

And anyone who has ever played the game of hockey will tell you what a joy it is to compete on a smooth, fast, evenly watered pitch. Nothing can spoil a game more than inconsistent speeds due to waterlogged or water-starved surfaces or a mercurial ball on a bumpy pitch.

When developing our Poligras Tokyo GT hockey turf, therefore, we admittedly set the bar high. We wanted Tokyo GT to become the industry standard for the sport of hockey, which required us to design a quick surface that offered consistent speed and ball roll, was durable and denser than usual, and that could be evenly and consistently watered.

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Poligras Tokyo GT

We began with our PreciTex technology, which guarantees a fast, dense carpet system whose stitched installation eliminates uneven seams. The increased density of the carpet also aids in the watering process: the PreciTex system requires only 1 litre/m², far less than other water-based carpet systems on the market.

Poligras Tokyo GT also features Polytan ENTANGLEMENT technology in the filaments to offer long-term quality, performance and durability.

We remain fully committed to ‘Turf Responsibly,’ and as such we ensured that Tokyo GT was environment-friendly and carbon neutral.

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Higher, faster, further – modern synthetic surfaces for athletics

Athletics tracks need to live up to a number of requirements to achieve optimal performance, each of which varies depending on the stakeholder.

Athletes, facility managers, consultants and maintenance crews all seek slightly different qualities in a track, not to mention the local and international standards that have to be met.

Outdoor tracks face the additional challenge of drainage and wearing, and Rekortan M addresses all these issues and more.

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Rekortan M

As a result, Rekortan M has become a favoured surface for elite runners around the world thanks to its exceptional acceleration performance, which makes it ideal for both training and competition.

Facility managers have found Rekortan M to be reliable and affordable thanks to its proven longevity.

Consultants, meanwhile, are a big fan of the track because its quality, durability and life expectancy allow them to perform their jobs with greater accuracy and confidence.

Rekortan M has also been a hit with maintenance workers, as its excellent wearing properties and sturdy surface allow for a simple, stress-free maintenance regime.

If that’s not enough, sports medicine practitioners also support the track thanks to its excellent shock-absorption qualities, which reduce strain on the body and lessen the risk of injury.

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Game, set and match: One of the most complex sports in the world

Our mission with the Poligras Terra CoolPlus was to design a playing surface for tennis that would rival traditional clay courts in terms of performance and quality.

This was a tall order considering that clay is one of the surfaces favoured by tennis players globally. Clay courts tend to slow the ball down, taking the advantage away from big servers and allowing baseline and serve-and-volley players to shine.

We also had to ensure that the Poligras Terra CoolPlus would play well in all weather conditions and be maintenance friendly.

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Poligras Terra CoolPlus

By using fine yet extremely strong filaments we ensured a level of surface softness previously unheard of for texturized products. This resulted in a playing surface that was far more absorbent than grass and hard courts, mimicking the feel and style of clay.

But unlike clay courts, Poligras Terra CoolPlus can be played year-round in practically any weather condition. In addition, there is no need to reconstruct the court every spring, thereby significantly lowering maintenance work and costs.

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Padel tennis – a trend on the rise

Padel is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is explosive and entertaining for athletes and fans alike, and new courts are popping up around the world as a result.

The main challenge for padel playing surfaces is that there tends to be heavy usage in concentrated areas of the court. As it is also a fast game, a suitably quick surface is required.

Like tennis, padel can be played indoors and outdoors, so creating a surface suitable for both is another priority, along with ensuring that it be easily maintained.

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Interested in finding out more?

Please contact our experts for a recommendation of products most suitable for the type of padel surface you require.

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These sports surfaces can handle everything

In many countries around the world, school funding is at a premium. Sadly, one of the first activities to face cutbacks is sport.

This is why it was critical for Polytan to develop a multiuse sport surface that was affordable and could be installed easily in limited, open spaces. Above all, we wanted to provide schools with a playing surface suitable for far more than just football to give kids the opportunity to play a variety of sports.

One obstacle we encountered was that many of the governing bodies for sports such as hockey, tennis, netball and others had not yet agreed on certification for such a multisport, multiuse pitch.

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Interested in finding out more?

Please contact our experts for a recommendation of products most suitable for the type of GEN2 surface you require.

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Regional Athletics Arena, Etihad Campus, Manchester, UK

Polytan UK in cooperation with Hunts Contractors Ltd, Playdeck UK Ltd and Premier Line Markings Ltd have successfully completed the new 2020 Track Refurbishment of the Manchester Regional Arena Outdoor Athletics Track at The Etihad Campus. The original track built in 2001 using Polytan M system now sports a very impressive new Dark Blue Polytan Rekortan M sandwich system.

The athletics and events track are built to meet and hold High Level Competitions, including Diamond League Events, World Athletics Certification Level 1 and UKA. To meet the highest quality certification under very testing circumstances is testament of the quality to all involved in both workmanship and materials and commitment to achieve.

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St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent

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Peffermill Playing Fields, University of Edinburgh

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Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

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Polytan Sports Surfaces: Official Sports Surface Partner of England Athletics

Working closely with the team at England Athletics we will aim to support the athletics community in England to ensure that facilities teams are able to provide the best quality surface to their users. We see innovation as a core part of the partnership and we will ensure that the community are kept up to date on the latest developments across product, installation processes, maintenance and other areas key to getting the best from the facility.

As a key part of our partnership we will provide a comprehensive programme of support to the athletics family. Due to the long-term nature of the partnership we will be able to continually improve the support to meet the changing needs of the market.

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Our drive to provide market leading products and services ensures you can choose Polytan with confidence and we look forward to supporting you in your project.

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Friso Van den Berg

Managing Director

Friso has been actively involved in the international sports industry for 15 years. Named Managing Director at Polytan Sport Surfaces UK in January 2020, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

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David McCulley

Sales director

With over 25 years in construction-based sales, David knows our products inside and out. “It’s been fun introducing our customers to the market-leading technology Polytan is known for,” he says.

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Ashley Appleby

Sales Manager

Ashley has 20 years of experience in the sports industry, all from a variety of different perspectives, including retail management, wholesale, manufacturing, and as an entrepreneur.

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Ronnie Rook

Sales Manager

According to Ronnie, playing sport is a privilege that should be available to everyone around the world. “It always makes me happy to see people playing sports; it gives me a positive vibe!”

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Colin Ashton

Project/Technical Manager

Colin is driven by his passion for sport and generating positive, long-lasting benefits through the building of sports facilities. He is excited to be working with some of the best products and systems in the world and to be building a better future through sport surfaces for generations to come.

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Kelly Jones

Office Manager

Office Manager Kelly joined Polytan just over three years ago as a Sales Administrator. From the outset she has enjoyed learning about the company’s range of products and loves seeing a project through to completion. “I am proud to work for a company that is so passionate about sports, offering excellent products to the marketplace,” she says.

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Jessica Gray

Project Coordinator

Jessica literally stepped in from the cold (mind the pun) when she joined Polytan UK from her Project Management career in the industrial refrigeration sector. The latest addition to Polytan says she has always been interested in product manufacturing and installation and looks forward to learning and developing further with the SportGroup family.

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Improving your athletics experience.

We see success as a responsibility: For the consistent quality of our products. For our customers’ investment in our products. For the social security requirements of our employees. And last but not least, for the protection of our environment. We develop and produce in Germany. But there is more to Polytan than this – Polytan are employees from all over Europe who are dedicated to the same goal – to prepare the perfect sports floor for you.

Polytan UK enjoys trusted partnerships with England Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Scottish Athletics, FIFA, World Rugby, the International Hockey Federation (FIH), and the International Tennis Federation (ITF). We are World Athletics-certified and a Member of the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA).