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JOB OF THE WEEK: Crowd Safety Administration Assistant, The FA

Check out the latest ‘Job of the Week’ – Crowd Safety Administration Assistant position with The FA – brought to you by the Sports Venue Business (SVB) Jobs Board powered by GlobalSportsJobs.



New CGI images of rejuvenated Alexander Stadium for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games released

Just ahead of this weekend’s British Athletics Championships and World Championships Team Trials 2017, new CGI visuals of how the rejuvenated Alexander Stadium would look during a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been revealed.



Woodbine Entertainment confirm addition of second turf course

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), a world-wide horse racing and innovation leader, has announced that it will add a second grass course at the Woodbine Racetrack in 2019. 


Interview with Karl Standley, Head Groundsman, Wembley National Stadium

Katie McIntyre chats with Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley National Stadium, to get his insights on the challenges of managing and maintaining the world-class venue’s hallowed turf.



Atlanta United President Darren Eales to discuss the club and Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Soccerex

Soccerex have confirmed that Atlanta United President, Darren Eales, will conduct an exclusive interview at the Soccerex Global Convention, 4 to 6 September. Eales will discuss the MLS expansion club’s launch and first season, as well as its new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will be a world-class venue and leader in technology, sustainability and fan engagement.


Birmingham reveals world-class indoor arenas for 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

Birmingham has today revealed four indoor arenas in the Birmingham and Solihull area that will play a pivotal role in delivering its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid. These venues were selected following careful assessment of Commonwealth Games Federation guidelines regarding athletes’ needs, the technical specifications, seating capacity and Games-time logistics.


Edgbaston capacity to be increased for England’s inaugural Day/Night Investec Test match

Warwickshire County Cricket Club is reacting to high demand for England’s inaugural Day/Night Investec Test match against the West Indies in August by securing the use of a temporary stand to increase stadium capacity.


Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas


Manufacture and sale of high quality plastic turf protection systems, driveable stadium access and temporary roadways. Additionally, as part of the Checkers Safety Group, Terraplas (Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas) can provide a full range of Cable Protectors, vehicle safety solutions, and professional matting – delivering a comprehensive portfolio for sports facilities worldwide.






Terraplas was the pioneer of Turf Protection, as opposed to Turf Covers, way back in 1991. Since then, in spite of competitive products entering the market, the quality and performance of Terraplas products have been proven time after time. Virtually every system sold since 1991 is still in regular use today, showing that making the right choice initially not only saves you time and money, but also frustration later. Why go through the expensive process of having to replace a cheaper system in 2–4 years’ time, when choosing the right system from the get go allows you to be confident of no deterioration in performance for approximately 25 years!


It is vital that Turf Managers are confident of the performance they will achieve in the protection of their turf, while being able to fulfil the rigours of a packed sports and non-sporting programme, all the time under pressure to maintain the highest quality playing surface.


Investing in quality really does deliver the results that Stadium Managers want and Turf Managers need in order to facilitate the maximum use of their facility, while generating much needed revenue streams.


The recent inclusion of Terraplas into the Checkers Safety Group, headquartered in Colorado, USA, serves to continue a stable and consistent future for Terraplas and its world-leading Turf Protection portfolio.




Most of the world’s multi-use National Stadiums have chosen Terraplas products to protect their quality turf when hosting non-sporting events that considerably increase revenue generation. These include: Wembley Stadium, London, England; Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales (formerly Millennium Stadium); Stade de France, Paris, France; FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa; Lesotho National Stadium; Standard Liege, Belgium; NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev; River Plate Stadium, Argentina; Georgia National Stadium; Independence Stadium, Namibia; and Estadio Nacional de Chile (National Stadium of Chile), to name but a few.


Other prestigious events protected by Terraplas include: World Youth Day Paris, World Youth Day Sydney, Oman 40th Anniversary Celebrations, USA Presidential Inaugurations, plus a plethora of other events in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.


Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium) the National Stadium of Wales – 04.07.15 – Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix – General View



Full company name:  Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas

Contact person:        Robert Else / Andrea Fodczuk

Address: The Barn, Hall Farm House, High Street, Castle Donington, DE74 2PP. UK

Email: terraplas@checkers-safety.com

Tel: +44 (0)1332 812813

Web/URL: www.terraplas.com



In October 2015, I sold the Terraplas business to Checkers Safety Group, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. As part of the agreement, I continue to run the Terraplas business and am thoroughly enjoying working with the new owners. Checkers have sanctioned substantially increased stock levels, enabling us to considerably shorten lead-times.


We have also teamed up with Mojo Barriers, who, in conjunction with TPA operate Terraplas rentals. They have invested heavily in rental stock so that we can supply not only worldwide sales with full Customer Support, we can also offer a complete rental package across Europe.


– Robert Else, Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas


Madonna concert at NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev

The Mall Washington 2013: setting up for the Presidential Inauguration of Obama


Main image, top: Froch v Groves fight at Wembley Stadium on May 31, 2014, in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

GAA announces shortlist of stadia for the 2017 GAA Pitch Award

The Gaelic Athletic Asoociation (GAA) have announced its shortlist of grounds and stadia for the 2017 GAA Pitch Award this week, in what is the inaugural year of the award scheme.


FC Barcelona to discuss the club’s landmark ‘Barca Innovation Hub’ at Soccerex

Following its unveiling earlier this year, FC Barcelona have confirmed that they will be presenting details on their groundbreaking ‘Barca Innovation Hub’ project at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention 2017, taking place in Manchester, England, September 4-6.