A 25 year journey…

The Labosport Group is a TEAM dedicated to sports surface testing and consultancy with combined expertise in chemistry, engineering, agronomy, instrumentation and material science.

We are patched by our diverse group of people from our labs around the world.

We leverage our diversity across the globe to serve our clients locally in close proximity.


We invented the LISPORT™ 20 years ago, accepted by the industry as the state-of-the-art means of producing realistic simulated patterns on the field. Since then we have always continued to innovate:

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we gathered our managers in Sicily in November for a coordination seminar and celebrated our long history of passion dedicated to sport surfaces.

We commit to the future.

The Labosport group looks forward to supporting you.

Turf training programme - Golf

Vision for Asian golf industry now a reality

Turf training programme - Golf

New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI), a member of the Labosport group, is pleased to announce its partnership with the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) in delivering the inaugural Certificate in Greenkeeping (CIG) programme, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the first of its kind in Asia.

The AGIF has used NZSTI’s expertise to develop a programme that will improve the professional knowledge of greenkeeping staff and provide an educational framework for the golf greenkeeping industry in the region; the initiative is backed by The R&A.

Richard Walne, AGIF President, said: “The objective was to be able to offer an accessible, affordable and internationally recognised certification for superintendents. Thanks to the support of The R&A, we have succeeded in those objectives”.

Walne, who is also Toro’s Australia and Asia Pacific Managing Director, added: “The Certificate will provide a much-needed education path for turfgrass professionals in Asia, which already exists in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and Australia, and New Zealand”.

Steve Isaac, Director – Sustainability at The R&A, said: “The R&A has agreed to support the AGIF Certificate in Greenkeeping as part of our greenkeeper education programme. This is a positive development for the golf industry in Asia and we are excited at being involved with this initiative.”

Olivier Ducrocq, Managing Director of New Zealand Sports Turf Institute and Labosport Asia – Pacific “We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our expertise in the delivery of sports turf management for the betterment of the golf industry in Asia”.

The programme focuses on the core knowledge and skills required to operate safely and efficiently as a greenkeeper on a golf course, and in a way that protects the turf, prevents damage to the reputation of the course and improves productivity.

The CIG is a 12-month programme with five modules.

An initial five-day Introductory Course (November 26-30) and Workplace Supervisor Course (November 28 – 30) will be held in Kuala Lumpur and will include modules 1. Golf Course Ecology and 2. Lead Greenkeeping Staff.

A five-day progression course will follow in early 2019 , focussing on the three other modules

  • 3. Sports Turf Surface Management;
  • 4. Sports Turf Rootzone and Soil Water Management;
  • 5. Pest, Weed, Disease and Disorders.

Education will continue through distance learning and will conclude with a three-day Confirmation Course, which will involve practical assessment and completion of the final exam.

Education Partners in the programme are Jacobsen, Jebsen & Jessen; John Deere; Syngenta; and Toro, all Executive Members of the AGIF. AGIF is a not-for-profit organisation boasting more than 100 member companies from all areas of the golfing industry.

For further information, please contact New Zealand Sports Turf Institute at training@nzsti.org.nz


New Managing Director at Labosport UK

We are pleased to announce the appointment of David James as Managing Director Labosport Ltd (UK). David will manage the operations and development of Labosport UK, starting as of December 1, 2018.

David has been working in the field of sports engineering for 18 years, boasts an impressive academic career and was previously the Director of the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at Sheffield Hallam University, the world’s largest academic group in sports engineering with 20 full time staff and 1,5m£ annual budget.

David graduated from the University of Sheffield with MEng Mechanical Engineering. During his degree he also studied at Grenoble INP. David’s PhD was sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board and focused on the effects of pitch construction on the dynamics of the cricket ball bounce.

In addition to his subsequent Director role at CSER, David founded & developed Sports Engineering degree courses, has organized two major international conventions and is a visiting Professor at TU Delft, Netherlands.

Through his work with international sports federations, PhD/MSc project supervision and knowledge transfer work with the Sport industry, David has sustained a significant contribution to research with projects under his lead totaling a cumulative value in excess of £2m. In 2018, he was awarded the title of Professor of Sports Engineering.

David James


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Labosport consolidates the shareholding of one of its subsidiaries

On Friday 29th June 2018, Labosport International, the group holding company, has reorganized the share capital of one of its subsidiaries by successfully acquiring a historical minority interest.
The operation brings the shareholding held by Labosport in the subsidiary to 100% and allows the Group to reinforce its position in one of its core markets.
This investment participates in the reinforcement of the Group’s existing operations and is in line with the strategy to operate under the brand Labosport a network of fully-owned subsidiaries.

Labosport to expand its presence in Asia-Pacific with the acquisition of NZSTI

Labosport, a leader in sport surfaces testing, announces that it has signed today an agreement to acquire New-Zealand Sports Turf Institute (“NZSTI”), the leading turf consultancy in New-Zealand. NZSTI serves 3 main markets namely research & consultancy, professional training and testing services. The company headquartered in Auckland has 14 staff in 5 locations.

Originally established as a research institute in 1949, NZSTI has grown to be recognized as the number one sports turf consultancy in New-Zealand, providing testing and construction advice to a wide array of councils and sports associations. The company differentiates itself by being the principal private training establishment accredited under New Zealand Qualifications Framework for the delivery of professional training in sports turf operations management.
NZSTI provides Labosport an entry into the New-Zealand market and will allow to considerably reinforce the Group position in Asia and Pacific. With its world class turf expertise, NZSTI improves Labosport capacity to services its core markets, from grass root sports fields to iconic stadia.

Aurélien Le Blan, Labosport CEO: “We are extremely pleased to welcome NZSTI to Labosport. This investment provides the Group a unique opportunity to expand its growing expertise in natural turf and footprint in Asia. The institute has unparalleled experience and unmatched reputation for scientific excellence. We look forward to further developing its service offering for the benefit of its customers and key business partners.”

About Labosport

Labosport is a leading group of independent laboratories and institutes dedicated to sports surfaces testing and certification. With 110 employees in 13 countries, the Group offers a wide portfolio of test methods as well as technical advice and consultancy services for natural turf and synthetic sport surfaces. As one of the most innovative and quality oriented players in its industry, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of agronomy, engineering, and chemical analyses.


New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) is New Zealand’s only full service sports turf consultancy group specialising in research, training and advice relating to design and management of natural and artificial sports surfaces. Founded in 1949, NZSTI is recognised as the “standard setting body” for turf maintenance and management. The Institute provides independent, scientifically based advice on all aspects of sports and amenity turf planning, construction and maintenance.
For more information, please visit www.labosport.com or www.nzsti.org.nz