FIH Publishes New Standards for Hockey Turf and Facilities
Building on the success of FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has recently launched new standards for hockey turfs, hockey fields and Hockey5s courts.
The new Standard is published in four parts. Part 1 is a general guidance for those considering a new hockey facility. Part 2 defines the FIH Approved Products and the performance and durability standards to achieve. Part 3 describes the performance and construction requirements for a hockey field. Part 4 of the Standard is similar to Part 3 but describes the performance and construction requirements for small sided hockey facilities used for Hockey5s and other versions of mini-hockey.
Available as downloads on the FIH website, the new standards mark another milestone in the development of high quality, sustainable hockey facilities.
A principle change in the new Standard is a focus on encouraging manufacturers to develop surfaces for use at the higher levels of the sport that require less water, with the desire that they will eventually be able to produce surfaces that perform as a Global category Hockey Turf without any water.
Equally important, the new Standard also sees an expansion of the multi-sport categories of Hockey Turf approved by the FIH. The new Standard has categories that will enable sports such as tennis, netball and lacrosse to be played on hockey fields and courts.
During the development process, FIH is committed to building standards for hockey turfs, fields and courts with the purpose to provide the performance guidelines, to develop facilities for the next generation and to enhence consistency and quality of fields across the world.
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