28 Jul 2016

XtraGrass™ hybrid fields to replace natural grass fields at PSV training complex De Herdgang

Tags:Football · Hybrid · XtraGrass

This summer GreenFields, the innovative market leader in artificial turf systems, and PSV Eindhoven shall start installing XtraGrass™ hybrid sports systems at the PSV training complex ‘De Herdgang’ in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The first field to be installed is a training pitch for Young PSV, to replace the present natural grass field.

The new football pitch is a combination of natural grass and a woven artificial turf backing. This hybrid sports system has many advantages. The feeling of playing on grass and the appearance are the same as a natural grass field. Also, this combination of a woven backing with artificial turf fibres and natural grass means that the teams can train for as much as 20 hours longer a week on the field. The field can be used more intensively in varying weather circumstances compared to a field with all natural grass.

The future of hybrid football fields

Marcel Brands, PSV’s technical manager and the person boosting this project, is positive about the developments and possibilities of the XtraGrass™ hybrid sports system: “PSV believes in the future of hybrid football pitches and wants to invest in these. Since this year GreenFields is an Official Supplier of PSV. The general product portfolio and the innovative methods used by GreenFields are a perfect match with our plans for the future of our training complex.”

State-of- the- art training centre

There are several GreenFields fields at De Herdgang training complex in Eindhoven. After the training field for Young PSV, the training field for the champions of the Dutch Premier League (Eredivisie) shall also be installed with Greenfield’s hybrid sports system XtraGrass™. The installation of two hybrid fields and a newly, woven GreenFields® MX artificial turf field contributes to completing the training complex. All fields have the newest technology and enable the teams to train more intensively.

Hugo de Vries, responsible for business development at GreenFields explains: “XtraGrass™ is an excellent strong basis for a natural grass turf. This is the best solution for clubs that want to make optimal use of their training field, but do not want to lose the feel of playing on natural grass. Installing the two XtraGrass™ fields and the GreenFields® MX woven turf field shall turn De Herdgang into a state-of-the-art training centre for this club at the pinnacle of the Dutch Premier League.”

Stadium with multifunctional use

GreenFields – part of materials technology company TenCate – is committed to PSV Eindhoven as Official Supplier until 2018. The PSV sports complex shall be used as a Field Lab for sports technology research and as a showcase for international customers.

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