AstroTurf and APT Partner with U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that AstroTurf will join the Foundation as a national partner of its Safe Places to Play program. Through this partnership, both the Foundation and AstroTurf seek to grow the sport of soccer and positively impact communities throughout the U.S. by building synthetic turf fields across the country.

By building these fields, the Foundation and AstroTurf are working to increase the number of safe and accessible places where both youth and adults can play soccer. This partnership is part of the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, a field-building and enhancement program that creates safe playing spaces by transforming underutilized spaces into state-of-the-art soccer fields.

“Soccer is a vehicle for immense, positive social change. The efforts of the U.S. Soccer Foundation over the past 20 years provide children and aspiring players access to fields, acrylic courts and programming that makes a direct impact in local communities,” said AstroTurf Director of Soccer, Anthony DiCicco. He continued, “AstroTurf, by partnering, first, with the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) and now with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, is proud to provide support, resources and our 50-plus years of field-building expertise to these incredible organizations doing the work of improving soccer for all.”

“We are very excited to have AstroTurf as a national partner for the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “AstroTurf is a leader in synthetic turf and construction and we look forward to working together to give children safe environments where they can play soccer and enjoy the game’s many health and social benefits.”

As a national partner, AstroTurf will provide the means to assist non-profit organizations looking to build synthetic turf fields in their respective communities by supplying them with all necessary turf needs. Non-profit organizations can apply for Safe Places to Play grants from the Foundation to cover a portion of the costs of synthetic turf fields. The Spring 2017 cycle for these grants is now open for organizations, with letters of interest due February 3. Other Safe Places to Play grant opportunities for lighting, irrigation and sport court with national partners Musco Sports Lighting, Hunter Industries, and Sport Court are also available.

Organizations that do not receive a grant, but want to build a synthetic turf field in their community, can also work with the Foundation to get preferred pricing. For more information about the grants and preferred pricing, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

AstroTurf joins another SportGroup company, APT, as a National Partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. APT, using their Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system, are underway building an estimated 500 courts across the country as part of a relationship that began in the Fall of 2015. Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. APT’s Laykold Masters surfacing system has been used nationwide to turn abandoned spaces into colorful, fun places for children to enjoy sports activities.

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About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.

 

About AstroTurf®

For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. For questions or inquiries, contact Anthony DiCicco at adicicco@astroturf.com.

 

About APT and Laykold®

The Laykold family of systems are acrylic sports surfaces that can be customized to achieve the desired performance, playability and appearance, making it an incredibly cost-effective way to breathe new life into asphalt or concrete surfaces. Low maintenance and resurfacing costs can extend a court’s playing life or transform it completely. Laykold is manufactured in APT’s ISO 9001 and 14001 certified factory in Harmony PA. APT is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, high performance and environmentally friendly sports and recreational surfacing systems. For more information, visit www.laykold.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

APT Partners With U.S. Soccer Foundation

APT is proud to announce a new partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. The U.S. Soccer Foundation provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance field space within their communities. To date, the foundation has helped to create over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology ) has teamed up with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help build on this momentum. Over the next five years, APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches to be constructed nationwide. Laykold Masters partner, Ace Surfaces of Altamonte Springs FL, has been an instrumental part in bringing APT and U.S. Soccer Foundation together and will facilitate the construction of this nationwide project.

APT is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. From Olympic stadiums to your own backyard, APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces.

For more information on APT’s Laykold Masters, please click here.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation serves as the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States. The Foundation is a leader in sports-based youth development and is using soccer as a vehicle for social change among youth in urban areas.

For more information about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the various programs that they offer, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org .

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Laykold is Going Greener With Recycled Tennis Ball Courts

Recycled Tennis Ball_OPENLaykold tennis courts have just gotten greener! APT is proud to announce that their new Laykold Masters line now offers two systems made with recycled tennis balls. APT has teamed up with Ace Surfaces to create the very first cushion court with a shock pad that utilizes up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls in a single tennis court! Finally, after a tennis ball has had it’s last bounce, it can be recycled and used again instead of rolling into a landfill.

Each year, 130+ million tennis balls are consumed in the US and approximately 325 million worldwide. That is enough tennis balls thrown away annually to fill 6,000 semi trailers top to bottom or fill the Empire State Building to the 62nd story!  After years of research, product development and teamwork, a recycling program finally exists.

The formula for success combines the reach, expertise and lead of reBounces and other partners such as HABU and Project Green Ball to collect, sort, clean and ship retired tennis balls.  Ace Surfaces and Laykold Masters take the now ground up, recycled tennis balls and incorporate them into revolutionary cushion indoor/outdoor sports surfacing systems: Laykold Masters 5 and Laykold Masters 8.

We are excited to announce the first installation of the Tennis Ball Courts at Tenafly Racquet Club in Tenafly, NJ is going on now. “We are extremely excited about the new Ace Surface courts we are installing at the Tenafly Racquet Club.  We love being the first tennis facility in the country with tennis courts that are partially made out of recycled tennis balls while being eco-friendly.  Those that found hard courts to be difficult on their hips, knees and back will be pleasantly surprised by the difference the surface will have on their body.  We hope to see other clubs in the country follow our lead in making the sport more enjoyable while helping the environment” said Gordon Uehling, Founder and Managing Director of Tenafly Racquet Club.

For more information on this exciting new program, please visit www.tennisballcourts.com  . Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for updates on the new recycled ball courts at Tenafly!

Laykold Masters at Hamburger Tennis Verband e.V.

Hamburger Tennis Verband e.V, Hamburg Germany, is proudly showing off their newly installed Laykold Masters tennis courts. The club chose the same eye-catching purple and green color scheme that is showcased at the Miami Open.

Check out the gorgeous new courts below and stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more installation photos and news from this season’s projects!

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