Synthetic turf pitch as new village centre
In numerous places in the world opportunities are lacking for young people to play sports, to attend education and to develop socially. TenCate Field in a box™ connects sports with social, educational and economic objectives. It can contribute to providing employment and help to strenghten the local community.
Field in a box™ enables companies to put their social commitment into practice. The integrated system also corresponds to the UN’s 17 global goals for sustainable development.
TenCate Field in a box™ is an integrated, ready-made solution in a single container (see picture) of 84 m3. In the container are all the components for a sports pitch measuring 20 x 40 metres, including a synthetic turf mat, the base and boarding. The pitch is suitable for sports such as football, rugby, hockey, cricket and handball.
The system combines the technology and latest materials from TenCate Grass and TenCate Geosynthetics, including TenCate Accorder® for the base layer. Optional extras include GreenSource® for water filtration, outdoor fabrics for fencing and a roof canopy and customised printing, using digital inkjet technology. Another option is pitch lighting with a sustainable LED system. It is also possible to supply a mesh fence to ensure the accommodation is secure. The system has a very modest CO2 footprint, as there are savings on the materials, the amount of soil that has to be removed, and the costs of installation and transport.
TenCate Field in a box™ also gives a boost to the local economy, since local contractors, suppliers of materials and installers are involved in the installation. Once the pitch has been installed, there are then opportunities for work in maintenance, supervision, etc. TenCate provides an engineer to ensure the sound transfer of knowledge about installation and maintenance. The creation of infrastructure for education and health care brings employment for teachers, coaches, trainers, and social and healthcare workers. With the synthetic turf pitch at its the epicentre, new activities can arise.
The availability of water for irrigation makes small-scale agriculture possible, while LED lighting at the centre brings opportunities for small-scale industry and service industries, thus increasing the involvement of the local population.
TenCate Field in a box™ can only succeed in its intent with financial support from business and industry.
As part of their social commitment and responsibility, more and more companies are making money available for projects focusing on sustainable development. Companies in developing countries especially regard it as their moral duty to do something in return for the community, the local population of the country where they are based. TenCate is open to companies with the same innovation and sustainability principles who would like to link their products or services to the TenCate Field in a box™.
On 25 September 2015 the United Nations formulated seventeen goals for sustainable development (see pictograms). Achieving these Sustainable Development Goals should lead to the world being free of poverty, hunger and disease by 2030 and solutions being found for problems relating to water, sanitation, climate and energy. TenCate Field in a box™ enables TenCate to respond to these 17 global goals.