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  • Case Study - Lansdowne Road

    ... 21-year period and incorporates catering across the hospitality boxes, restaurants and retail outlets plus for non-match day conference and banqueting functions.  “Part of the investment was to make sure a facility was created that would actually be USAble all the year round, which has implications in funding both for the FAI and the IRFU,” adds Roddy. But with matches at Croke Park having attracted over 80,000 isn’t there a danger that going back to Lansdowne Road will be something of a...

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  • Synthetic Surfaces

    ... £525,000, depending on specification, which is a considerable investment for any club. However, many clubs also see them as income generators, looking for opportunities to hire them out for sports use. A natural turf pitch has an average maximum weekly USAge of approximately three hours before surface quality is lost, whereas a synthetic alternative is more durable and can sustain over 60 hours of play per week. As for choice, there are a number of different artificial carpets designed to cate...

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  • Gary Hetherington - Chief Exec of Leeds Rugby

    ... commercial arm and get the most out of the facilities with the new Headingley Carnegie stand being a prime example. “This generates an income every day,” says Gary. “Most new stands sit there empty. When we developed it we said we need to create USAble space and offered it to Leeds Met, who designed it with teaching areas. The stand is part of our income. “We also built a hotel with corporate boxes. They’re used every day of the year – you can’t just have boxes used on 20 days. It...

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  • Training Pitch

    ... should allow for an even bounce, but the profile (soil make-up) should also be uniform in its playability across the whole pitch.   To achieve a good surface, good maintenance techniques, reasonable end-of-season renovation and a degree of control on USAge will help provide a healthy sward of grass that is able to withstand the rigours of a winter sport such as rugby or football.   INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS   Topography Consideration regarding the 'lie of the land' is most important when decidi...

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  • The perfect pitch

    ... unreliable in its performance. It is important that the club has the right equipment for its needs. The choice of equipment will be determined by number of factors:   •           The number of pitches •           The level of USAge •           Finances the club has at its disposal •           The knowledge and experience of the ground staff •           Secure garage and storage space available •           Appropriate level...

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  • The rights issue

    ... payments made to offshore image-rights companies are capable of being completely exempt from UK tax. In order to maximise the value of a player’s image rights it is important to prevent third parties diluting or damaging that image through unauthorised USAge. Unlike a number of jurisdictions, there is no developed ‘personality right’ in the UK, although there is a multitude of legal protections that a player can use to safeguard his image. These extend to actions for passing off or defama...

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  • Artificial Intelligence in Pitch Debate

    ... round, but it still costs quite a bit,” he says. “It’s not right when people say that it’s cheaper to have an artificial surface. They will need replacing from time-to-time and that can cost £500,000. However, grass pitches cannot sustain the USAge that artificial ones can.”In the meantime, the RFL is trying to encourage clubs not to train on the same pitch as they play matches but acknowledges that with limited space at most clubs this is not always possible,The RFL will watch with...

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  • Chime Communications Establishes 'Essentially France'

    ... our preferred partners in France for a number of years and it will further enhance our offering having them as part of the Group. The founders have assisted in the past with the contracts in France for Essentially clients such as Dan Carter’s move to USAP (Perpignan), Francois Steyn's move to Racing Metro, Bakkies Botha and Carl Hayman to Toulon amongst others. We look forward to working with them in building a broader business for Essentially France over the coming years. France is a hugely...

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  • Premiership Rugby and Gatorade Sign 3-Year Deal

    ... three years and feel it further cements our position as an essential part of kit for any elite athlete or performer.” Each product in the G-Series Pro range is designed to meet the distinct nutrition and hydration needs around workout or competition USAge – pre (Prime), during (Perform), and post (Recover).

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  • Coaches in Brazil to Spread the Rugby Word

    The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics included a segment showcasing Brazil, the next host of the biggest sporting event on the planet. While most speculation regarding the 2016 Games in Rio centres on whether USAin Bolt will take part, and in which track event, the fact that rugby will make its return to the Olympic stage after a 92-year absence may have slipped under the radar.The abbreviated form of Sevens will be the format, and the competitive nature of teams from as diverse natio...

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