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July 2016

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TECHNICAL UPDATE 31 the Groundsman July 2016 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions aul Ashcroft and Arsenal FC clearly pay as much attention to their artifi cial playing surfaces as they do to the club's grass pitches. Their thoroughness has been clearly evident in the selection of a fourth generation surface (4G = no infi ll) for the club's community pitch as well as for the installation of two new 3G surfaces at the Academy training ground. Home of Arsenal in the Community, The Hub is sited next door to the Emirates Stadium in North London and the indoor T-Turf surface is scheduled to deliver 70 plus hours of sports and education sessions to 1,500 local people each week. The 50m long pitch surface was the fi rst such surface to be installed in the UK by Sportisca. Paul and a team of colleagues – including Arsenal FC's stadium and P facility director, and the club's Academy manager – visited Switzerland to see the carpets being manufactured (the company produces a range of artifi cial carpets) and to visit and talk with users of the surface, Gunning for quality surfaces - always Paul Ashcroft, grounds manager at Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium and Hale End Youth Academy, provides an insight into the club's careful selection of 3G and 4G playing surfaces By: Colin Hoskins t European Chemicals Agency to probe granule infi ll The European Commission has requested that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) assess whether recycled rubber granules used as infi ll in synthetic turf pitches pose a risk to human health, with the results of the preliminary evaluation expected to be published in February 2017. In addition to FIFA collaboration, the ECHA will also be working with US authorities; the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year said it would conduct its own investigation following pressure from both the public and the scientifi c community. ECHA said its aim will be to: • Identify any hazardous substances in the recycled rubber fi lling that may pose a health risk (such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), some of which are carcinogenic and are already extensively restricted by EU legislation); and • Assess the risk resulting from skin, oral and inhalation exposure to the substances in open air and indoor sports grounds. investigating and seeing for themselves the effects, if any, of player slipping and ball roll. Indeed, the Academy manager actually took a ball onto one pitch to 'test' the surface for himself.

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