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TigerTurf and Nike combine for community project

TigerTurf (UK) Ltd, a manufacturer of FIFA-approved synthetic surfaces, and Nike have teamed up to provide a fantastic new facility at the Lilian Baylis Old School project for the Sports Action Zone initiative.

TigerTurf’s NRG surface was originally used in the finals of the Nike Show Your Five tournament at Alexandra Palace in May, and was transported to the Sports Action Zone as part of an ongoing community initiative for grass-roots sport.

Sports Action Zones were set up by Sport England in 2000 in response to recommendations from central government. They were designed to address the lack of sports activities and facilities in some of the most socially and economically deprived areas of the country, and to bring the benefits of sport and physical activity to these communities.

Since the North Lambeth and North Southwark SAZ began operating, more than 6,000 people have taken part in activities at the site, and the new football facility is expected to have a significant impact on the local community.

SAZ director and former Great Britain athlete, Brian Dickens, says: “We are very grateful to TigerTurf and Nike for providing the fantastic new facility at the Lilian Baylis Old School project.

“The surface will be used by children in the local community who don’t usually have access to this type of facility and has already proved to be a catalyst for social inclusion and community cohesion.

“We now have a fantastic new football arena to go alongside our Nike sponsored Michael Jordan basketball area, and I have no doubt that it will a similar impact on the local children.”

Bryn Lee, managing director of TigerTurf (UK) Ltd, added: “We were delighted to partner with Nike on this very worthwhile project.

“TigerTurf pride ourselves on being able to deliver sports surfaces for all levels, from grass-roots through to professional sport. This pitch has been played on by some the UK’s top footballers and has now become an integral part of improving the local community through participation in sport.”

Former Minister for Sport, Kate Hoey, says: “The SAZ continues to make a real difference to the sporting opportunities of the residents in North Lambeth and North Southwark.

“We all hope that the continued work that is being done will mean sustained sporting benefits for everyone. I am proud of what has been achieved so far.”

For further information on TigerTurf (UK) Ltd visit www.tigerturfworld.com/eu/home/

For further information on the Sports Action Zone project visit http://www.thesportactionzone.org/index.html

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