French organisation founded to improve environmental standards of sports fields
Several sporting organisations in France have launched the Soil Lawn Research and Development Organisation (SPOR&D), which will aim to further innovations in sporting surfaces.
The French Golf Federation, French Football Federation, Professional Football League (LFP), National Horse Racing Federation, and France Galop have partnered to form the initiative, which is the first of its kind in the country.
The Paris Saclay University, the Institute of Agriculture and Organic Food, French Golf Course Greenkeepers’ Association, and the Golf and Environment Institute are also involved.
Together, the bodies will look to develop natural lawns and sports surfaces in a sustainable manner. SPOR&D aims to do so with a view to preserving sports on grass as well as the economic, social, and environmental requirements that facilitate their growth.
French Golf Federation President Pascal Grizot has been chosen to serve in the same capacity as SPOR&D’s first leader.
“The creation of SPOR&D demonstrates the sense of responsibility of those involved in the world of sport and horse racing."
“The creation of SPOR&D demonstrates the sense of responsibility of those involved in the world of sport and horse racing,” Grizot said.
“This consortium should allow us to better reconcile economic, sporting and environmental requirements thanks to the contribution of science and research.
“The progress that will inevitably result from this will help preserve the future of sporting disciplines that contribute to national wealth and whose benefits for practitioners are significant, particularly in terms of health.”
SPOR&D was launched at the 48 Hours of Pro Sports Turf event at the Parc de la Villette in Paris. It was described as a unique alliance of major players in turf sports and research organisations by the LFP.
It will utilise public funding to drive research into target projects with the support of its scientific committee.
The organisation will also carry out studies in order to improve the level of knowledge on sports fields and as a result, improve the environmental standards of these facilities.