FieldTurf, the world leader in artificial turf, and USA Rugby, the country’s authority for all levels of Rugby, have formed a one-year partnership where FieldTurf becomes the exclusive technical advisor for artificial turf to USA Rugby. The partnership was jointly announced by FieldTurf President Eric Daliere and USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville.
USA Rugby has approximately 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the U.S. in international competitions.
“We’re delighted to have partnered with Field Turf as we believe that our members will benefit greatly from the relationship. Having a partner that can guide and advise us on turf-related issues will help keep our members and the game safe. With an increasing membership, we’ll see an increased number of rugby facilities and FieldTurf will be a very beneficial partnership,” said Melville.
“We are very pleased to partner with USA Rugby because of their dedication towards properly growing the game of Rugby in the United States,” said Daliere. “Together, we will look at new ways to grow the game and ensure that Rugby players of all ages have the safest and highest performing artificial turf surfaces to play on”.
With over 50 organizations equipped to play Rugby on FieldTurf, the company that revolutionized the sports industry in the mid-1990s is the runaway leader in artificial turf applications for Rugby. Rutgers University, Washington State University, the University of Delaware, Brown University, the U.S. Military Academy, and the New Zealand All-Blacks are just some of the organizations that have chosen to play/practice Rugby on FieldTurf.
FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 4000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.
FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence’ and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.
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About USA Rugby
Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). The organization has approximately 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the U.S. in international competitions.
The current structure of USA Rugby comprises seven Territorial Unions (TU) and 34 Local Area Unions (LAU) that compete for regional and National Championships. USA Rugby's national headquarters is located in Boulder, Colo., and is run by full-time staff under the direction of current CEO and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville.