FIFA Quality Pro Certified Football Pitch at The Sports School

Football as a sport in India has gained massive popularity over the past few years, courtesy the rise of tournaments like I-league, Indian Super League, etc. Complimenting this evolution, the requirement of international level training and playing infrastructure has also spiked like the usage of Artificial turf that has been around for decades and has been used in different sports like Baseball, Hockey, Football/Soccer, etc. The FIFA Quality Pro certified artificial turf at The Sports School, Bangalore is the only one in the country and is the pioneer in providing quality infrastructure that is installed to deliver a unique standard of game to our students.

 Artificial turf is used due to its endurance against heavy use of extensive use and requires no irrigation or trimming, thus leading to the intricate and elaborate playing experience. FIFA Quality Pro certified artificial turfs go through stringent testing criteria, including both laboratories and on the field tests of the FIFA Quality Programme. These certified artificial turfs are engineered to provide the most suitable combination of durability, performance, the interaction between the ball and the surface, the interaction between the player and the surface, weather resistance, etc.

The two-phase testing procedure the Artificial turf at The Sports School went through to get FIFA Quality Pro certified includes testing the product in the laboratory and testing the final installation. This process ensures that the artificial football turf meets the requirements for playing performance, safety, durability, and quality assurance. As per the official website of FIFA, both testing phases focus on:

  • Interaction between the player and the surface
  • Interaction between the ball and the surface
  • Product composition
  • Weather resistance
  • Seam strength
  • Service life

Only after the comparison and passing of both the tests as set out by the FIFA Quality Programme, the artificial turf at The Sports School got FIFA Quality Pro certified. All standards are built on scientific findings from several relevant disciplines identifying players’ needs, various aspects of safety, performance, durability, quality assurance, and playing comfort. Apart from those mentioned above, these grounds are well-equipped to host both international and national level professional matches. 

By introducing new state-of-the-art facilities, The Sports School strives to take the performance of all players up a notch as they will be able to play on surfaces that meet the highest security standards without risking any injuries. It is a part of the overall effort concerted to improve the infrastructure of sports for our students and help them unlock and harness their boundless potential.

Covid-19 Update : The Sports School’s Response to Corona Virus – Preventive Measures

The Sports School, Bangalore, has been closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and students. We have planned for contingency scenarios by taking decisive and informed actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. Keeping in mind that learning should never stop, we have started online smart classes for both academics and sports coaching, with the hope that your kid can make the best out of this time.

The Sports School is committed to the safety of our students and staff without hindering our core focus of integrating sports and education. Our vast 25 acres infrastructure is on the outskirts of the city; hence there is limited to no interaction between the campus and the residential areas.

There are several other preventive measures in place, such as:

1. Sanitization of Campus

Our campus goes through a regular and rigorous sanitizing process to disinfect any surface that can be potentially harmful. This includes sanitization of both sporting and academic facilities, including but not limited to pieces of equipment, all different playing grounds, classrooms, furniture, etc.   

2. Social Distancing

All the norms necessary to follow the social distancing protocols are in place so that close contact with others can be avoided. There may be no physical interaction between anyone, thus reducing the chances of spreading the virus.

3. Regular Temperature Checks: 

Our staff and students shall be checked for high-temperatures and will be encouraged to watch for the following symptoms to increase the possible COVID-19 infection detection.

4. Regular Health Checks:

Regular in-house check up by a team of doctors, in-house 24×7 nurse. In case of emergency, we will take students to the renowned Astra hospital.

5. Use of Mask and other Face Coverings

Mandatory use of face masks or any other face coverings is applicable for both staff and students alike. Usage of tissues while sneezing or coughing and their immediate disposal is also mandatory.

6. Regular and Thorough Cleaning Of Hands

To be done with an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) or with soap and water for 20 seconds for reducing the risk of spreading.

7. Other Advisory

We advise staff and students to stay at home in case they feel unwell. If they have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, we encourage them to seek medical attention and call in advance.

The Sports School is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and secure to support our staff and students. We shall remain operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the protocols we have to live by, but not our vision to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow.