Poligras Tokyo GT and Rekortan M in the ‘Creps Île-de-France’ sports training centre
Artificial turf made from renewable raw materials
The municipality of Châtenay-Malabry, with its 35,000 inhabitants, is located south of Paris and today forms part of the metropolitan region of the French capital. The city has left cultural traces in Châtenay: After his exile, Voltaire lived there, and the poet and politician François-René de Chateaubriand owned a stately home there, which today is surrounded by the Abortorium de la Vallée-aux-Loups. This is where the jewel of Châtenay-Malabry can be found: a botanical garden with more than 500 species of trees and shrubs.
The headquarters of ‘Creps-Île-de-France’ and a sports performance centre are also located in the immediate vicinity of the park. The role of Creps Île-de-France is to support top athletes in cooperation with their respective sports federations – also in view of the Olympic Games, which will take place in Paris in 2024. Currently, around 200 athletes permanently train in Châtenay-Malabry, whilst others are housed in two other centres in Pontault-Combault and Seine-et-Marne.
The centre of excellence also serves as a ‘talent factory’. For this purpose, Creps Île-de-France has initiated a dual model that involves local schools and university institutions so that the top athletes of tomorrow already begin to receive the best possible sporting and educational support today. Further aspects are the initial vocational training, as well as further training for facilitators and coaches.
Various sporting disciplines are offered within the centre including: fencing, golf, hockey, karate, rowing, badminton, basketball, kayaking, road cycling, gymnastics, handball, table tennis, archery, volleyball and rugby. The hockey field is particularly sustainable: the world’s first artificial turf surface with a filament partially produced from renewable raw materials, Polytan Poligras Tokyo GT in blue, has been installed here. BioBased PE is the name of the material with which we add a dimension of sustainability to the outstanding playing properties of the proven PE monofilament fibres. With its turf construction specially adapted to the BioBased PE formula, Poligras Tokyo GT allows an incomparably dynamic and precise game. The uniform, multidirectional surface remains permanently stable thanks to the patented ENTANGLEMENT technology in the filaments and is thus protected from premature wear.
The hockey field is surrounded by a three-lane Polytan Rekortan M running track in red, our waterproof professional sports surface that is ideally suited for spikes. Rekortan M stands out with its excellent acceleration and step elasticity. It is fast and impresses with high shock absorption, as well as providing excellent advantages in terms of sports medicine.