Padel tennis is one of the sports that has become increasingly popular in recent decades. The European Committee CEN/TC 217 - Surfaces for Sports has recently adopted the Spanish standard as a reference on which to draw up a European standard. UNE 147301 is a mandatory standard for manufacturers, sports facility managers, installers and players, when it comes to establishing the quality of artificial grass surfaces for padel facilities, both from a technical and from a sporting perspective. Developed by AENOR's Standardization Technical Committee 147, which focuses on sports surfaces, it represents a before and after in the world of padel.
Artificial grass pitches have evolved significantly since the 1960s. The improvement in materials and in their installation have increased their performance to a level similar to that of natural grass pitches, and such aspects as their maintenance and the intensive use of the facilities have also been improved. In order to reduce problems in new installations or in the renovation of existing ones, the execution of the different phases is crucial, ranging from the correct drafting of the tender documents to the execution and supervision of the work itself, or the moment of its acceptance. All this, without forgetting about the need to carry out maintenance work that allows us to extend the life of the pitch in the best possible conditions. The Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) makes its knowledge and experience in this field available to the sector, as a technological partner.
The Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) continues to strengthen its position as a reference center in sport alongside the world's leading sports federations. In 2019, its range of accreditations was augmented by the recognition by FIFA and WORLD RUGBY as an artificial grass product testing laboratory, and by FIBA, to test most of the elements used in basketball, such as balls, video scoreboards, surfaces, baskets, etc. In this way, the IBV has become the only Spanish laboratory, and indeed one of the few in the world, to obtain all these recognitions.
After more than two years of research, the funding from the European Union and the efforts of seven organizations from 4 countries have made TELETURF possible. This training tool was created to improve the safety and quality conditions of artificial turf fields.