It has been an important week because this is the last event prior to the week leading up to the World Cup, when we hold the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo. It’s been important because we have reconfirmed Curitiba as a Host City and because we have reached an agreement with Porto Alegre regarding additional structures. There is still a lot of work to be done in both cities. We’ve seen a wonderful stadium in Manaus, and in Natal we need to make sure that we have the necessary test events. We’ve had an extremely productive board meeting today, with some very meaningful updates on transport, temporary structures at airports and urban mobility.
I am convinced that the representatives of the 32 national teams will leave Florianopolis full of confidence and looking forward to the start of the FIFA World Cup. It will be their job to ensure that happens on the pitch, while our mission along with FIFA, the government and the Host Cities will be to guarantee the very best services are available off the pitch. We will continue to work hard in our bid to organise an unforgettable World Cup.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface