This fast-paced sport demands exceptional skills in dribbling, passing and shooting, captivating fans world wide with its thrilling blend of strategy and athleticism.
Hockey is played all over the world and famous for innovation. A lot of European countries invested much to improve the sports infrastructure. For example, consider temporarily converting a rugby stadium field into an approved hockey field to be able to play high-quality matches.
challenges and demands
In the realm of field hockey, both urban and sporting challenges loom large. Urban areas often grapple with limited playing spaces, heat stress, flooding and droughts, while the sport itself faces issues related to development of the sport and poor playing circumstances for the players. More about this below.
Conventional artificial turf hockey fields are known for creating discomfort for players, spectators, climate and the surrounding area’s. Due to extreme temperatures up to 70 degrees Celsius which build up on artificial hockey fields on warm summer days players experience heavy discomfort. These situations can lead to hazardous situations. Artificial turf fields which provide a passage for water with a waterbuffer directly underneath the field provides cooling circumstances which make it safe for players to use the field, cancels the heat island effect and creates a climate adaptive hockey field!
Why wouldn’t we try to capture as much rainwater as possible and use it when we need to? Rainwater is free and has great use. For example: water fields for hockey need to be watered often to provide the best playing circumstances. Retrieving the used water and reuse this water over and over again would be amazing and is possible as shown at Hockey Club AthenA inAmsterdam, The Netherlands.
Often shockpads for hockey are created from products which aren’t durable and can’t be recycled to be used for several different applications at the end of the technical lifespan. To be able to offer a shockpad which offers a durable solution, the required sports technical demands and a water retaining layer makes us at DutchBlue extremely proud.
Components made of non-natural building materials can be harmful to the environment if they are left behind. Sometimes these particles are difficult or impossible to clean up. This problem can be avoided by using building materials that are natural or do not leave micro particles behind.
The large surfaces that include hockey fields create large heat islands on hot days. These heat islands cause heat stress and rising temperatures within cities. These temperatures can be significantly reduced naturally by capturing rainwater and make this water accessible.
Cities suffer from drought during dry spells or an abundance of water during heavy rain showers. The large areas of hockey fields and underlying space can be used to buffer water that can later be used during periods of drought.
That's why we developed these products
The solutions crafted by DutchBlue, in collaboration with a network of specialized partners to address the challenges previously outlined. The following innovative applications represent a robust response to the complex urban and sporting obstacles, offering a promising path forward for progress and growth in the field. Read more about the revolutionary solutions below: