Labosport Technicians Participate in Round Robin 2022

In May 2022, Labosport attended the annual Round Robin in Madrid, where technicians were examined by several governing bodies over 10 days. This included FIFA/World Rugby/FIH/Futsal and goalpost testing. It was a significant event because it was cancelled the last few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Labosport sent 18 technicians from the UK, Italy, France and Canada. It is estimated 100 technicians took part from institutes all over the world. The week began with four days of assessment by FIFA and World Rugby. This included testing one football and one rugby pitch using the equipment required for a comprehensive performance test. The results were documented and technicians observed, and both were analysed by representatives from the governing bodies.

The futsal and goalpost tests were the next set of scheduled tests, and these were completed in small groups. Technicians worked with governing body representatives to ensure the correct techniques and methods were used.

The FIH Round Robin was held on two separate hockey pitches over two days. Comparable to the FIFA/World Rugby event, the technicians were examined on the complete suite of performance tests required for the FIH test.

Labosport’s trip to Spain was an enormous success. Technicians enjoyed the warm weather and the opportunity to meet teams from other test institutes.

Labosport Introduces the Red Robin

Labosport is pleased to unveil its new Red Robin device for the assessment of sports fields – an autonomous solution that collects data along a pre-defined virtual grid of measurement locations. At each test location, the Red Robin can measure NDVI (0.00 to 1.00), turf coverage (0% to 100%), turf colour (graphic), surface hardness (Clegg, 0g to 500g), soil moisture (0.0% to 100.0%) and surface temperature (-30.0 ºC to +150 ºC). It enters the market as the most advanced rolling drone in the industry.

Red Robin combines AI and autonomous vehicle technology to liberate grounds staff and technicians from repetitive tasks. Its consistency and precise programmed procedures improve data collection accuracy while reducing test times. It can effortlessly move forward, backward and make 360-degree turns across a variety of surface conditions and in most weather. The Red Robin is equipped with a fast-charging battery that lasts up to 4-hours of continuous operation. Data analytics comprise heat maps and historical tendency graphs which are accessible via mobile phone (app), tablets, laptops, and desktops. Information is stored using the most advanced cloud-based encryption.

The Red Robin platform is designed with scalability in mind; it is built to be durable and whenever additional tests, equipment and sensors are needed, they can be easily added and connected to the on-board computer. Sustainability is one of the key values influencing Labosport’s research and development team. The base unit can embed new technology as required, making it a smart investment with flexible pricing. Labosport expects to offer new measurement modules regularly, with software and apps designed for seamless upgrades in performance. The first bundle of upgrades is slated for late 2022.

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Labosport Collaborates with FIFA and Loughborough Researchers on Artificial Pitch Testing

Labosport and Loughborough University researchers have collaborated with international governing body giant FIFA to bring artificial pitch testing into the modern era.

As the use of artificial turf increases worldwide, researchers from Labosport and Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute have been selected as key partners to develop and improve testing methods, ensuring quality and consistency is maintained throughout.

Dr. Steph Forrester, Reader in Sports Engineering and Biomechanics, explained: “FIFA put out a call for proposals to develop the next generation of mechanical test devices to access the player surface interaction on artificial turfed football pitches.

“Our knowledge and understanding of artificial turf and how it behaves under player interactions has increased and obviously technology has increased too. There’s massive scope to make these test devices much better and to bring them into the modern game.

“The common global aim for this project is to improve artificial turf surfaces for football players worldwide. For us, as researchers, it’s great to be involved in a project where we can demonstrate the impact of the research we do and for that impact to be global.”

Katharina Wistel, Group Leader FIFA Quality Programme, said: “We knew we had to reach out to the wider football research industry as we also knew that it would be key to objectify the very subjective feeling that players have when using artificial surfaces. The project should help us identify this gap and close it.”

Dr. Jon Roberts, Senior Lecturer and Head of Sports Technology Research Group, touched upon the challenges faced and the importance of new research in an evolving market:

“One of the problems we’re looking to address is that the current test devices have been used for many years and aren’t necessarily devised to assess artificial pitches.

“Consequently, what we’re finding is the measured data from the test devices doesn’t necessarily reflect player opinion.”

Dr. David Cole was also involved in the testing and explained how the equipment records vital information.

“We have a number of samples (of artificial pitches) with a range of different tractions and hardness values. We’re trying to see how sensitive the athletes are to changes,” he said.

“What we have is a studded force plate with some weights on top to replicate the human load. We bring up the device, drop it on the surface and rotate. We then record the full torque angle profile and analyse that data to work out the traction of the surface.

“We [also] have the Advanced Artificial Athlete (AAA) and it replicates a human foot strike on a surface…these two devices look at the vertical and horizontal forces generated. These allow us to do these in a repeatable way where we can compare different areas of the pitch and different pitches altogether.”

Professor Paul Fleming, Professor of Sports Surface and Ground Engineering, said:

“Testing of artificial turf is really important for lots of reasons. It’s done to approve products, approve installations of fields, the comparison between products, and in some cases, it’s done to provide more detailed characteristics about how we expect the field to play. This also links to the performance of athletes and injury of athletes.”

Throughout the project Loughborough also worked alongside leading sports field testing and certification company, Labosport.

Labosport’s Managing Director, Professor David James, explained our input in the research.

“Our involvement in the project is to provide that end user perspective. We can inform the design of the equipment and take it on the road with us, around the UK and the world, to see how it performs.”

More updates will be provided as the project progresses.

Job Opportunity in Australia: Sports Surfaces Consultant Agronomist

Labosport, a world authority on sports surfaces performance testing, research and consultancy with more than 10 offices and 130 staff world-wide, is looking to fill a key position in Australia.

The job involves working with natural and synthetic turf sports surfaces, both at elite and community level. It will include performance testing as well as providing agronomy advice to clients. A key project will be the provision of support for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The position would preferably be based in Brisbane, although Sydney or Melbourne would be considered. Both sound, practical experience and an ability to write accurate and concise reports will be critical.

If you enjoy travel, both national and international, working with leading sports venues, and inputting to major international events – this could be the job for you.

The successful applicant will ideally have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team player
  • A clear willingness to travel
  • A full driving license
  • Industry experience. Degree, Masters and PhD qualified people are of interest to us but we respect experience equally.

For enquiries please send details and resume to:

The Managing Director, Labosport Australia
at:
admin.au@labosport.com

LABOSPORT France recrute un(e) CONTRAT D’APRENTISSAGE (H/F)

Fondé en 1993, LABOSPORT est devenu le leader mondial sur le marché de la certification des sols sportifs. Le groupe LABOSPORT est présent dans le monde entier au travers de ses différentes filiales et propose des services dans l’amélioration continue et l’innovation des infrastructures sportives. Nous nous concentrons sur la sécurité des athlètes, la performance sportive, la durabilité des infrastructures et l’environnement

LABOSPORT est un Laboratoire de Contrôle accrédité ISO 17025 et reconnu par toutes les fédérations sportives nationales et internationales pour réaliser des tests et contrôles de terrains et installations sportives.

Afin de poursuivre le développement de son activité, dans l’univers passionnant du sport, LABOSPORT France recrute un(e) :

CONTRAT D’APRENTISSAGE (H/F)

BACHELOR RESPONSABLE TECHNIQUE EN AMÉNAGEMENT

D’ESPACES SPORTIFS (RTAES)

Unique en France, la formation de Responsable Technique en Aménagement d’Espaces Sportifs (RTAES) a pour objectif de former des techniciens qualifiés dotés de compétences clés, portant sur l’étude de projets, la préparation à la conduite d’un chantier d’aménagement d’espaces sportifs, le management d’une équipe et le contrôle des travaux, et enfin la maîtrise et l’organisation de son activité.

Lieu de formation de l’enseignement professionnel :

Sur le campus de LÉA-CFI Jouy-en-Josas : https://www.lea-cfi.fr/campus-jouy-en-josas-ex-tecomah

Activités et mission au sein de Labosport :

Après une période de formation au laboratoire du Mans (2 à 4 semaines), vous accompagnez les ingénieurs et techniciens de notre équipe dans la réalisation de mission de tests et inspections in situ sur tous types d’installations sportives existantes et en construction (terrains de grands jeux, pistes d’athlétisme, terrains de tennis, hippodromes, gymnases) :

  • Intervention aux différentes étapes de la construction des projets pour assurer de la conformité des ouvrages livrés par rapport aux différentes normes en vigueur (NF P90-112, NF EN 15330-1 : plateforme, réseau de drainage, fondations, revêtement de sols sportifs, etc.).

  • Tests et inspections en France ou à l’étranger conformément aux règlements des fédérations sportives nationales ou internationales (FFF, FFR, FFH, FFA, FFT, FIFA, Goal Line Technology, World Rugby, IWA, FIH, ITF…).

  • Réalisation des diagnostics techniques, en vue de rénovations à venir,

  • Rédaction des rapports correspondants.

  • Possibilité de réalisation d’essais laboratoire basé au Mans : essais d’homologation de sols sportifs synthétiques ou essais en technique routière sur des matériaux liés à des infrastructures sportives (analyse granulométrique, Proctor, perméabilité…).

Périmètre d’intervention :

  • Vous réalisez des interventions en France.

  • Déplacements à la journée ou la semaine.

Profil :

  • Avoir entre 18 et 30 ans pour un contrat d’apprentissage

  • Niveaux : être titulaire d’un BTSA aménagements, paysagers, d’un BTS travaux

publics, d’un BUT génie civil, ou équivalent.

Modalités :

  • Vous résiderez à proximité du siège de l’entreprise (Le Mans). Nous participons aux frais d’hébergement. Lors de la présence au siège ou pour les déplacements en mission, les frais d’hébergement et de repas sont pris en charge (note frais ; une avance de frais est prévue).

  • Un PC et les EPI sont fournis.

Perspectives à l’issu du contrat d’apprentissage :

CDI pour poste de technicien sols sportifs itinérant.

Candidature :

Merci d’adresser votre dossier de candidature (CV + lettre de motivation) à l’attention de M. Benoit BOSSUET (Responsable Technique) à l’adresse suivante : benoit.bossuet@labosport.com

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LABOSPORT France recrute un(e): TECHNICIEN(NE) SOLS SPORTIFS ITINERANT (H/F)

Fondé en 1993, LABOSPORT est devenu le leader mondial sur le marché de la certification des sols sportifs. Le groupe LABOSPORT est présent dans le monde entier au travers de ses différentes filiales et propose des services dans l’amélioration continue et l’innovation des infrastructures sportives. Nous nous concentrons sur la sécurité des athlètes, la performance sportive, la durabilité des infrastructures et l’environnement

LABOSPORT est un Laboratoire de Contrôle accrédité ISO 17025 et reconnu par toutes les fédérations sportives nationales et internationales pour réaliser des tests et contrôles de terrains et installations sportives.

Afin de poursuivre le développement de son activité, dans l’univers passionnant du sport, LABOSPORT France recrute un(e):

TECHNICIEN(NE) SOLS SPORTIFS ITINERANT (H/F)

Vos missions:

Rattaché(e) au responsable technique, au sein d’une équipe de 6 personnes, vous avez pour mission de réaliser des tests et inspections in situ dans votre secteur sur tous types d’installations sportives existantes et en construction (terrains de grands jeux, pistes d’athlétisme, terrains de tennis, hippodromes, gymnases) :

– Vous intervenez aux différentes étapes de la construction des projets pour assurer de la conformité des ouvrages livrés par rapport aux différentes normes en vigueur (NF P90-112, NF EN 15330-1 : Pistes, Gazon synthétiques etc.).

– Vous réalisez des tests et inspections en France ou à l’étranger conformément aux règlements des fédérations sportives nationales ou internationales (FFF, FFR, FFH, FFA, FFT, FIFA, Goal Line Technology, World Rugby, World Athletics, FIH, ITF…).

– Vous rédigez les rapports correspondants.

En relation avec le responsable technique, vous organiserez le planning de vos interventions et serez en contact direct avec les clients (Collectivités, entreprises, clubs…).

Votre profil:

– Formation technique, idéalement en aménagement et construction d’espaces sportifs (Type « Formation Tecomah ») ou Génie civil (DUT ou licence Pro Génie civile) ou BTS Travaux Public ou en Mesures Physiques (DUT MP).

– Rigoureux et autonome, vous aimez vous investir dans la technique et avez le sens du contact client.

– Titulaire du permis B, vous êtes mobile et disponible pour vous déplacer sur les installations sportives en France et occasionnellement à l’étranger.

– La connaissance d’une deuxième langue (anglais, espagnol, allemand) peut être un plus pour être opérationnel lors des déplacements hors France.

– Débutants acceptés.

Périmètre d’intervention:

– Vous serez dans un 1er temps basé au Mans : période de formation / intégration (6 mois à 1 an). A l’issue de votre formation, vous serez amené à couvrir en priorité le secteur Paris / Nord / Grand-Est (lieu de résidence à définir).

– Vous réalisez des interventions sur site en France. Vous pourrez également être amené à réaliser des interventions à l’étranger.

– Nombreux déplacements (à la semaine).

Modalités du contrat:

– CDI

– 13ème mois et autres avantages (intéressement, PEE)

– Tickets restaurant

– Rémunération : 25 à 35 k€ annuels selon grille conventionnelle (38,5 H/semaine avec RTT), expérience et qualification.

– Mise à disposition d’un véhicule de service, d’un PC portable et d’un téléphone.

Candidature:

Merci d’adresser votre dossier de candidature (CV + lettre de motivation) à l’attention de M. Benoit BOSSUET (Responsable Technique) à l’adresse suivante: benoit.bossuet@labosport.com

 

Labosport Group Announces the Appointment of Roberto Armeni to Chairman of CEN-TC 217

LYON, FRANCE – Labosport Group is pleased to announce Roberto Armeni has been appointed chair of CEN-TC 217. CEN is the European Committee for Standardization, a network of 34 countries recognized by both the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as the body responsible for establishing and defining voluntary standards at the European level.

TC-217 is the Technical Committee for sports surfaces. Its sub-committees cover test methods, classification, environmental aspects of sports surfaces, surfaces of sports halls, turf areas, unbound mineral surfaces, synthetic surfaces, angled ball behaviour, shock absorption and friction.

Armeni has been an integral part of Labosport Group for many years, working across strategy, transformation, and innovation. He brings deep technical insight to his new appointment.

“As the world’s largest sports testing institute, Labosport is happy and proud of this appointment,” said Gabriel Gendreau, CEO of Labosport Group. “It clearly states our ambition to take our responsibility, for the common interest of the whole sport surface industry. With his long career at Labosport, undisputed technical know-how, and a strong sense for quality, he was the natural candidate.”

Throughout his 34-year career, Armeni has maintained numerous leadership positions focused on strategy and improvement initiatives within the industry. Since 2003, he has led the sector in national and international seminars where he is regularly the auditor or guest speaker. He was the consultant to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) during its outline of the test protocol for artificial grass surfaces, now in its 3rd edition. He is also the coordinator for the Italian Standardization Body (UNI) working group CT020/GL03.

Armeni is often the Party-appointed Technical Consultant (CTP) in Preventive Technical Assessment (ATP) expert activities in legal disputes related to production defects or damage suffered by installed products such as 11-a-side football fields, 5-a-side and 7-a-side football fields, tennis courts, athletics tracks, wooden gyms, PVC gyms, and playgrounds.

Armeni was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Sport Surfaces Sciences (ISSS) in 2011. The Association brings together laboratories and experts serving in the sports sector and acts as a comparison body between the numerous countries for the verification of the development of test techniques. In 2015, Armeni was nominated president of the Association.

In an ongoing project with the University of Pavia, Armeni works in collaboration with Mauro Testa, Professor of Ergonomics and Remo Lombardi, Professor of Electronic and Computer Bioengineering. The work includes a comprehensive study on the behaviour of sports surfaces in reaction to a variety of stressors and it involves the collection of data from professional athletes.

Armeni received his degree in electrical engineering and electronics in 1987 from the State Industrial Technical Institute A. Badoni – Lecco.

About Labosport Group
Labosport Group is a multinational corporation that is engaged in delivering safety, performance, durability and sustainability to sport facilities and playgrounds. It is the world leader in sports field testing and certification.

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