The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-25T20:08:35Z ARSENAL WELCOMES COVER-MORE AS OFFICIAL TRAVEL INSURANCE PARTNER 2017-10-25T20:08:35Z arsenal-welcomes-cover-more-as-official-travel-insurance-partner Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce Cover-More as its Official Travel Insurance Partner. The partnership will run for three seasons and gives the global specialist and integrated travel insurance and medical assistance provider a number of rights and areas of exclusive access. Cover-More Group operates in 14 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, India and the USA, where the group owns Travelex Insurance Services. From December 2017, they will create Arsenal travel insurance, car-hire insurance and match ticket cancellation insurance solutions for fans attending and travelling to games throughout the season. They will also develop insurance packages for supporters that cover the club’s pre-season tours. The partnership will help Cover-More, who is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, to build global brand awareness by promoting their services through the club’s digital platforms, on pitchside LED branding and post-match interview backdrops within Emirates Stadium. Cover-More will also become an official partner of the club’s increasingly popular Emirates Stadium Tour experience, which currently welcomes 250,000 visitors per year.  Arsenal Chief Commercial Officer Vinai Venkatesham said: "We’re pleased to welcome Cover-More into our family of official partners. After our hugely successful pre-season tour in Sydney, we are delighted to be partnering with this leading Australian-headquartered brand on a global basis. I’m certain that we can support Cover-More’s global growth plans while providing our supporters with insurance packages that help and protect them at home and on the road”. Cover-More Chief Executive Officer Mike Emmett said: “We aim to protect the individual Arsenal fan experience when they want to go to a game, whether they’re travelling from Islington or India, Sydney or San Francisco. “We will employ technology to customise our proposition for each fan and use geo-location to offer them meaningful types of protection products. Examples are a ticket-protection product that also rewards fans if the team wins on the field or switch-on-switch-off travel insurance products for diehard Gunners fans whether they live within or outside the UK. “Arsenal Football Club has thrived on a pioneering and innovative spirit throughout their 125 years in existence. They make their fans proud wherever they are in the world and it is that focus on innovation, the fan experience and their loyal worldwide following that makes this an exciting partnership for Cover-More.”  ENDS  Notes to editors Arsenal Football Club Arsenal is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability. The club was founded in 1886 in Woolwich, south London, before moving to Highbury in north London in 1913. We moved to Emirates Stadium in 2006. Arsenal has an impressive roll of honour: English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners a record 13 times, League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once. In addition, Arsenal Women are the most successful English club in women’s football. They celebrate their 30th season this year. The club has 45,000 season ticket holders, 1.8m digital global members and one of the biggest digital followings in the game with a reach of 85m across all channels. The Arsenal Foundation uses the power of football and the Arsenal name to inspire and support young people in north London and across the globe. The Arsenal Foundation raises funds each year and works with a number of key partners including Save The Children, Islington Giving, Willow and the Gunners’ Fund. Locally, Arsenal in the Community has delivered programmes to drive positive social outcomes for more than 30 years. For further information please visit www.arsenal.com Cover-More Group Cover-More Group is a global specialist and integrated travel insurance, medical assistance and employee assistance provider. Cover-More operates in 14 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, India and the USA where the group owns Travelex Insurance Services. Cover-More has diversified distribution across retail travel, aviation, financial institutions and direct. The group was acquired by Zurich Insurance Group in April 2017. www.covermoregroup.com Media contacts: Mark SnellArsenal Football ClubTel: +44 (0) 207 704 4014Email: msnell@arsenal.co.uk Maureen MullinsCover-More GroupTel: +61416118011Email: maureen.mullins@covermore.com Ergoflex Mattresses Names Seven Australian Athletes as Brand Ambassadors 2017-07-24T23:44:38Z ergoflex-mattresses-names-seven-australian-athletes-as-brand-ambassadors-2 Seven champion Australian Athletes have been appointed as official Ambassadors for Ergoflex Mattresses, Australia’s original online mattress retailer, to educate Australians about the importance of quality sleep.Team Ergoflex includes Michelle Heyman, Annette Edmondson, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Olympia Aldersey, Lucien Delfour, Daniel Repacholi and Tay Clark. These professional athletes compete at the highest level in a range of sports including soccer, cycling, beach volleyball, rowing, canoeing, shooting and track and field.“We are delighted to welcome our new ambassadors to the Ergoflex team,” said Matthew White, Director of Ergoflex.“These champion Team Ergoflex athletes are dedicated in their pursuit of excellence and know the value of great quality sleep. Everyone should make sure they’re not just getting enough sleep but getting the best quality sleep possible. Our mattress is designed to relieve pressure and provide full body support throughout the night – making it perfect for recovering from the rigours of sports, and everyday life!”Ergoflex has a proud history of providing great sleep to sportspeople at the very top of their game around the world. In the UK, English rugby star James Haskell and record-breaking four-time Tour de France champion and Team GB Olympian Chris Froome are among many top-level international athletes who choose Ergoflex mattresses as an important part of their regime.In Australia, Legendary Matilda’s striker, Michelle Heyman has been a long-time advocate for Ergoflex.“Ergoflex is the most comfortable mattress that I've ever slept on!” Heyman said.“As an athlete, sleep is essential for my post-game recovery. My Ergoflex mattress definitely helps me give my body the best night’s sleep. I'm so happy to be an Ambassador for Ergoflex and spread the word about this amazing mattress," Heyman said.Annette Edmondson, world champion track and road cyclist, also enjoys the comfort and support she gets from her Ergoflex mattress. “As a professional athlete, we spend a lot of time away from home, moving from one hotel to another. Good sleep is sometimes really hard to achieve. When I’m competing overseas I can’t wait to get home to my Ergoflex mattress,” Edmondson said.The professional athletes each choose to sleep on the Ergoflex new generation 5G Memory Foam mattress which provides a comfortable night’s sleep and helps them recover from a gruelling training session or prepare for a major competition.“Our sporting ambassadors are striving to reach the pinnacle of achievement in their chosen sport. Both at home and on the world stage, Ergoflex proudly supports them on their journey,” White added.TEAM ERGOFLEX ATHLETE AMBASSADORSMichelle Heyman, SoccerMichelle Heyman is a star of the Australian soccer team, the Westfield Matildas, and represented Australia at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Michelle is also a key playmaker and striker for Canberra United in the National W-League. She was awarded the W-League Golden Boot and was named Julie Dolan Medal winner.Annette Edmondson, CyclingAdelaide-born Annette Edmondson is World Champion, Commonwealth Games medallist and Olympic medallist, in both track and road cycling. Her titles include gold medals in both the Omnium and Team Pursuit at the 2015 Track World Championships, Gold and Silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Bronze medal at the London Olympic Games 2012.Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Beach VolleyballFormer U23 World Champion, Mariafe is the current 2017 Australian Champion in beach volleyball. In 2007 she was selected to represent Australia at the U19 World Championships in Poland. After winning gold at the Asian Continental Cup Final in late June 2016, Mariafe made her Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio.Olympia Aldersey, RowingAt age 15, Olympia Aldersey took up rowing with a dream of competing at the Olympics. She was crowned U23 World Champion in the women’s quad sculls and has won Gold, Silver and Bronze at multiple World Championships in the double and quad sculls. She made her Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio competing in the Women's Eight and scull teams.Lucien Delfour, CanoeingLucien Delfour is a French-Australian slalom canoeist. Delfour started canoeing at age 8. At the Canoe Slalom World Cup in 2012, 2013 and 2015 Delfour won several medals.  He placed 17th in the K1 event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Dan Repacholi, ShootingDaniel Repacholi is an Australian sports shooter, from Victoria. He has competed at a four Olympic Games in the 10-metre air pistol and the 50-metre free pistol, debuting in 2004 at Athens at the age of 22.  In 2010, Daniel won a bronze medal in the men’s 10m air pistol at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won gold in the 10m air rifle gold and bronze in 50m air rifle.Tay Clark, Long Jump/High JumpTay-Leiha Clark is a 19-year old full-time Australian athlete and one of our rising Triple Jump, High Jump and Long Jump talents. At the age of 16 and the youngest in the field, Tay won the silver medal at the Youth Olympics in the Triple Jump.  https://www.ergoflex.com.au/ergoflex-ambassadors Ends  About Ergoflex AustraliaErgoflex is Australia’s original online mattress retailer. The company was established in the UK in 2006 and Australia in 2010 with a mission to improve sleep health. Ergoflex was the first online mattress brand of its kind in Australia, offering premium-quality high-density memory foam mattresses delivered directly to the customer’s door as a ‘Bed in a Box’. This direct to consumer model has proven so popular it is now the industry standard. Visit www.ergoflex.com.au for more information about the Ergoflex mattress and accessories. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX BALLR HIRES HEAD OF SPORTS FROM SAMSUNG 2016-06-06T05:15:52Z ballr-hires-head-of-sports-from-samsung Ballr, an entirely mobile, micro-fantasy, fan engagement platform, designed for emerging markets, announced today that Maurizio Barbieri, previously Head of Sport at Samsung Asia Pacific, has joined to lead global football partnerships. “We’re pleased to welcome Maurizio to the team. In his role, he will drive strategic partnerships with global football organisations and aggressively target regional soccer fans for the all mobile games we design” said Sam Jones, founder, and CEO of Ballr. “Maurizio’s extensive experience in the sports industry and network of sports teams, brands, content providers and network operators, will help prepare Ballr for it's rapid growth across Asia”. Barbieri joins Ballr from Asia’s market leading handset manufacturer, Samsung, where he held the position of a Head of Sports and Strategic Video services, APAC. In his role, Maurizio spearheaded a number of consumer driven content and fan engagement programs. His unrivalled access and deep understanding of sports fans in Asian gives Ballr an additional competitive edge. Prior to Samsung, Barbieri was CEO of GoalShouter a crowd-sourced football data platform. “This is a very exciting time for both the sports industry and Ballr. The combination of phenomenal smartphone growth and sports media consumption in Asia represents a huge opportunity for Ballr. The team here are addressing a huge technology gap in the digital sports experience. Ballr which is all mobile, free to play and linked to live sports games, really addresses this opportunity." said Barbieri. The companies growth comes at a time of great change in the global sports industry. The shift to an Asia orientation has begun and is evident in the growth of sports content consumption. It is estimated that there are 281 million adult sports fans in China and 93 million in India. China, the world’s second biggest economy is at the forefront of the reorientation, with President Xi publicly announcing his ambition to build the world’s biggest sports economy. This would result in an industry world $850 billion in size by 2025. In the third quarter of 2015 smartphone sales in emerging markets rose to 259.7 million — an 18.4 percent growth over the third quarter of 2014. According to Gartner, India has recently taken over the United States as the second largest smartphone market, following on from China. In India, Samsung mobile representing a whopping 26.8% of the total market and according to the ‘Brand Trust Report 2016’ is India’s most trusted brand. The Ballr platform, owned by parent company Fantasy Sport Technologies, launched it’s cricket game in Delhi last month alongside the much celebrated Indian bowler and brand ambassador Harbhajan Singh and plans to launch subsequent soccer and basketball games in China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam in the coming months. Ballr announced it’s title sponsorship of the West Indies Tri-Nations Cricket series earlier this month. For more information visit www.ballr.com or connect on social www.facebook.com/ballr SCA Junior Soccer Camps Announce Sydney Soccer Camps Schedule 2016-03-24T20:30:36Z sca-junior-soccer-camps-announce-sydney-soccer-camps-schedule Sydney Olympic Park, NSW – Sports Camps Australia will continue to provide soccer camps in Sydney at 4 separate locations during the Easter holiday break. Camps will commence during the second and third weeks of April. Directing the SCA Junior Soccer Camps will be John Doyle, former Australian Socceroo and Tim Cahill’s mentor, along with Paul Wade who is the former Captain for the Australia Socceroo’s. Both Camp Directors have been with Sports Camps Australia for a number of holiday camps and are thrilled to continue offering the youth of Sydney with the opportunity to enhance their soccer skills at the exceptional facilities of Bernie Mullane Sports Complex in Kellyville and The Tonkin Oval in Cronulla. Paul Wade spent 8 seasons playing for South Melbourne FC where he helped them to a NSL title in 1991 and in 1988 was named NSL Player of the Year. Coach Wade played a total of 345 games during his NSL career. John Doyle was a forward during his club football career, which included playing for a number of teams in the Sydney area. Coach Doyle won a single cap for Australia men’s national association team in 1970 and he also was the coach for the Australia women’s national football team in 1988.  SCA Junior Soccer Camps will be offering discounts to siblings who attend any of the soccer camps. The discount is 10% off the camp tuition amount and can be applied to your camp by calling 1-800-753-127 or by visiting http://www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au/soccer/sca/full/ and selecting the camp location nearest you. About Sports Camps Australia Sports Camps Australia (SCA) was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. SCA have partnered with US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operators in the world. US Sports Camps are responsible for running all Nike Sports Camps as well as other sponsored programs in this market. SCA partners with the country's best coaches to direct our camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. SCA continues to grow thanks to an outstanding community of Camp Directors and the dedication of the entire SCA staff. San Remo fuels Adelaide United with cooking masterclass 2016-02-02T06:52:36Z san-remo-fuels-adelaide-united-with-cooking-masterclass San Remo brand ambassador, Laura Cassai, will show Adelaide United Football Club the first-hand benefits that come with eating quality pasta before a match and after training when she presents specially-prepared pasta lunches for the elite athletes.   The pasta meal options have been designed to fuel up the player group after weekly training sessions over a four week period, as well as help the players to recover from physical activity and showcase the quality of San Remo products. “Anyone who enjoys playing sports or just enjoys an active lifestyle can get the energy they need to prepare and play from enjoying a pasta meal, and as a partner of the Adelaide United Football Club, San Remo is proud to be able to bring this opportunity to players,” Laura said. “It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or amateur player, or just enjoy having a kick with the family at the local park for some exercise – the message is the same: make sure you enjoy San Remo pasta before you play and after exercise to give your body the fuel it needs to participate and recover,” she said. “We know that Australians love their sport and also love San Remo pasta – and this combines both of those passions into one outstanding awareness opportunity.” Photo and vision opportunities of San Remo Brand Ambassador Laura Cassai and Adelaide United players are available at 12pm-1pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at Ridley Reserve, Elizabeth Hisense signs as the 10th Global Partner for UEFA EURO 2016™ 2016-02-02T03:55:29Z hisense-signs-as-the-10th-global-partner-for-uefa-euro-2016 2, February 2016, Melbourne Australia - UEFA and Hisense Group are proud to announce its Global Partnership of the UEFA European Championship 2016, the first-ever sponsorship deal with a Chinese company in the championship’s 56 year history.   Hisense will also sponsor other UEFA organised national team football competitions until the end of 2017, including the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Futsal EURO™ 2016, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship™ 2017, and the UEFA Women's EURO™ 2017. "This new partnership once again takes the Hisense brand to another level. Without a doubt the UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious global football competitions, and with more than a billion football fans watching the matches every season, this new partnership presents unprecedented opportunities for both parties, said Hisense Australia's head of marketing, Andre Iannuzzi. "The Hisense brand continues to support global sports to bring even more powerful brand awareness which will surely resonate here in Australia as football is an extremely popular sport down under." Commenting on the deal, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director of UEFA Events SA said: “We are excited to welcome Hisense, one of the fastest growing Chinese brands in Europe and America, as part of our UEFA EURO 2016 partners’ family. The tournament will offer Hisense a platform second to none to continue their international growth thanks to its established global appeal and brand values. We look forward to working closely together with them in a mutually beneficial partnership that will also further promote the best of European football to millions of fans in China.” Vice President of Hisense Group, Mr Cheng Kaixun, addressed: “I am honoured we will have the opportunity to be a Global Partner for UEFA EURO 2016. Hisense has been leading Chinese companies in endorsing sports around the world, and we are glad that sports marketing have been an important driver for our worldwide success in the past years. The partnership with UEFA will further boost Hisense’s brand value, and we are excited to celebrate the finest European football with fans from across the globe.” Hisense, now one of the top three TV manufacturers in the world, will join UEFA’s exclusive global partner family with Adidas, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Continental, Hyundai-Kia, McDonald’s, Orange, SOCAR and Turkish Airlines.  Hisense has been the team supplier to Red Bull Racing, title sponsor of Hisense 250/ Hisense 300/ Hisense 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series and primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing, official supplier of television and refrigeration of the Australian Open with naming rights to Hisense Arena, and the official premium partner of FC Schalke 04. With the sponsorship rights, Hisense will organise a series of public viewing events alongside UEFA EURO 2016 from June to July across Europe.   Tigerturf Offer Unlimited Warranty On Synthetic Football Fields 2016-01-29T02:35:39Z tigerturf-offer-unlimited-warranty-on-synthetic-football-fields-1 For some time now TigerTurf Australia have had a football field product called ‘Endurance’, manufactured from a TenCate yarn called XP Blade and is the only synthetic football turf product that offers an unlimited wear warranty.  This is actually a big deal because football surface warranties are generally based on a field’s hours of use over a specific period and are also limited by the type of footwear worn by players. So when considering how a football field is going to wear over time, it is important to consider two factors – intensity of use and whether flat soled shoes as well as boots will be used on the surface.  These factors are important to clubs and facilities because they are interested in how long the turf will last before needing to be replaced as well as having to monitor hours of use (so as to not void the warranty) and monitor the footwear being used which, especially in many community based fields, is near impossible to do. Also, with the growing interest and participation in Futsal or 5-a-side football, which is a shorter, faster and more intensive form of the sport, durability and wear become critical to a facility. The innovative team at TigerTurf have put together some specifics on intensity of use, such as the fact that a full size (8000m2) football field when used for games has 22 players on the surface (referee omitted) hence a player every 367m2. A 5-a-side (800m2) field when used for games has 10 players on the surface (referee omitted) hence a player every 80m2. It is recognised that for both surface types there will be areas of the field that are trafficked more than others (e.g. goalmouth) It is also recognised that the full sized fields are probably used more intensively on training nights than game days. Very conservatively it would be fair to say that for a similar amount of hours played per week that a 5-a-side field would receive 3 x the traffic per m2 than a full size field. The TigerTurf Endurance surface at Lindfield Sports Centre has been in use for 2 years in April, at an average use per week of 30hrs, hence at that time it would be fair to compare the surface against a full size field that is 6 years old (30hrs/week usage) or 3 years old (60hrs/week). Intensity of use is a factor of hours played and players/m2 and hence both of these factors need to be considered when choosing a surface type. All of the above factors make it even more incredible that TigerTurf (backed by parent and yarn manufacturer, Tencate) are able to offer a 5 year unlimited play warranty for its XP Blade yarn, including flat soled shoe use. For more information on this and all TigerTurf products please go to http://tigerturf.com/au/ . Tigerturf Offer Unlimited Warranty On Synthetic Football Fields 2016-01-29T02:30:33Z tigerturf-offer-unlimited-warranty-on-synthetic-football-fields For some time now TigerTurf NZ have had a football turf field product called ‘Endurance’, manufactured from a TenCate yarn called XP Blade and is the only synthetic football product that offers an unlimited wear warranty.  This is actually a big deal because football surface warranties are generally based on a field’s hours of use over a specific period and are also limited by the type of footwear worn by players. So when considering how a football field is going to wear over time, it is important to consider two factors – intensity of use and whether flat soled shoes as well as boots will be used on the surface.  These factors are important to clubs and facilities because they are interested in how long the turf will last before needing to be replaced as well as having to monitor hours of use (so as to not void the warranty) and monitor the footwear being used which, especially in many community based fields, is near impossible to do. Also, with the growing interest and participation in Futsal or 5-a-side football, which sees more players per m2 of playing area is a shorter, faster and more intensive form of the sport, durability and wear become critical to a facility. The innovative team at TigerTurf have put together some specifics on intensity of use, such as the fact that a full size (8000m2) football field when used for games has 22 players on the surface (referee omitted) hence a player every 367m2. A 5-a-side (800m2) field when used for games has 10 players on the surface (referee omitted) hence a player every 80m2. It is recognised that for both surface types there will be areas of the field that are trafficked more than others (e.g. goalmouth) It is also recognised that the full sized fields are probably used more intensively on training nights than game days. Very conservatively it would be fair to say that for a similar amount of hours played per week that a 5-a-side field would receive 3 x the traffic per m2 than a full size field. The TigerTurf Endurance surface at Lindfield Sports Centre has been in use for 2 years in April, at an average use per week of 30hrs, hence at that time it would be fair to compare the surface against a full size field that is 6 years old (30hrs/week usage) or 3 years old (60hrs/week). Intensity of use is a factor of hours played and players/m2 and hence both of these factors need to be considered when choosing a surface type. All of the above factors make it even more incredible that TigerTurf (backed by parent and yarn manufacturer, Tencate) are able to offer a 5 year unlimited play warranty for its XP Blade yarn, including flat soled shoe use. For more information on this and all TigerTurf products please go to http://tigerturf.com/nz/  .     Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T22:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. Artificial Grass Manufacturer Reveals Manufacturing Process 2015-04-02T03:34:11Z artificial-grass-manufacturer-reveals-manufacturing-process Perth, WA, 02 April 2015 - Green Planet Grass is a manufacturer of “new generation” artificial grass in Perth. They are known for their professional service and high-quality products. Director Justin Everley has handled a lot of requests for information himself and noticed that the general public doesn’t really know what goes into making a high quality artificial grass. Mr Everley was generous enough to provide information on how artificial grass is manufactured and how current artificial grass is different from previous generations of artificial grass. He provided this information in the form of a post on his company blog. Materials in Modern Artificial GrassGreen Planet Grass uses 100% recyclable materials to make all of their varieties of artificial grass. They are committed to having a neutral “carbon footprint” as soon as possible and having minimal impact on the environment in the present. Their backing is made of high-quality polyester: the same type used for tyre cords. To make the grass fibres or blades, Green Planet Grass uses a polypropylene or polyethylene to create a form of synthetic yarn. These materials help them make artificial grass that looks and feels like natural grass, but has the added benefit of being stain resistant.Manufacturing Modern Artificial GrassGreen Planet Grass is made by using a tufting technique that is similar to carpet, but the end result is much different. First, the backing is assembled. Then, the ingredients to manufacture the fibres are mixed in a hopper with environmentally safe chemicals and dyes that provide colour and help break the ingredients down into a paste.It is then put in a mixer and mixed until it is similar to the consistency of taffy. It is fed into a machine called an extruder, which turns it into fine strands. Those strands are then woven into the grass fibres. The fibres are then attached to the backing by a machine called a carding machine. This is like a giant sewing machine with hundreds of needles. Then, pads are attached to the backing, coated with latex and cured in heat. The grass is then put onto a machine that levels off the grass blades. The finished product is rolled up and ready for shipping.According to Mr Everley: “A lot goes into the process, but it is worth it because we know we are manufacturing some of the best artificial grass in Perth.”Green Planet Grass is a manufacturer and installer of artificial grass in Perth. They offer a full range of residential, commercial and sport solutions. They proudly display the Australian Made logo and are committed to producing high quality artificial grass with minimal environmental impact. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Research Shows Overwhelmingly: Artificial Sports Turf is as Safe as Natural Grass 2015-04-01T08:26:07Z research-shows-overwhelmingly-artificial-sports-turf-is-as-safe-as-natural-grass Perth, WA, 1 April 2015 - For years, traditionalists and other opponents of artificial sports turf have claimed that it causes more injuries than natural grass. Twenty years ago, on first and second generation artificial turf, they may have been right. Recently, though, volumes of research have appeared, all with the conclusion that artificial sports turf carries no greater risk of injury than natural grass.Why the Dogma Still ExistsOriginal first generation “AstroTurf” was extremely hard. It was basically a thick carpet placed on cement. It didn’t even look very much like grass. It was used for indoor stadiums in the US that were unable to sustain and maintain a natural grass field indoors. When second generation artificial turf came out, it was better, but still not enough like real grass.  Researchers compiled statistics showing that players were more likely to injure their knees on second generation artificial turf. The Changing Face of Sports TurfThe artificial grass industry changed their product to make it more safe. By the third generation, they made a quantum leap. Concrete had been replaced by soft sand and crushed rock, compressed into a firm but giving surface. The old “carpet” designs had been replaced by backing, fibres as soft as natural grass and infill made of rubber pellets and sand. FIFA liked third generation sports turf so much that they would commission the development of their 1 Star and 2 Star sports turf systems. 1 Star is for amateur and club level competition and 2 Star is for elite or professional competition. The 1 Star and 2 Star quality concept has been a success on all levels.What the New Studies SayJustin Everley is the director of Green Planet Grass, a sports turf supplier in Perth. His company is one of a select group that installs 1 Star and 2 Star FIFA sports turf. Recently, on his company blog, Mr Everley cited numerous studies indicating that third generation artificial turf, now abbreviated as “3GAT,” carries no greater risk of injury than natural grass or “NG.” The studies come from the US Journal of Sports Medicine, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, FIFA and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. They cover male and female players from the junior to the elite level. Every single study concludes that 3GAT carries no greater risk of injury than NG. According to Mr Everley: “For too long, proponents of natural grass have misinformed the public. We were very happy to find studies that debunk all rhetoric about artificial grass causing more injuries. Synthetic sports turf is as safe as natural grass, but it can take far more play and the surface is always perfect, even in the Perth climate.”Mr Everley concluded, “Depending on the individual requirements, there are many compelling reasons why some times it is favourable to install artificial sports turf as opposed to natural grass.”Green Planet Grass supplies sports turf and other varieties of artificial grass. Their office is in the Perth area and their manufacturing facility is in Australia. They have completed over 4,000 artificial grass installations in the Perth area. To learn more or for an obligation-free consult, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Synthetic Grass Gains Popularity in Perth: This Comparison Tells Why 2015-03-03T07:38:49Z synthetic-grass-gains-popularity-in-perth-this-comparison-tells-why Perth, WA, 03 March 2015 - Recently, Justin Everley compared synthetic grass to natural grass on his blog. He compared it in three areas: cost, appearance and maintenance. Mr Everley is one of the Directors of Green Planet Grass, who provide synthetic grass landscaping systems for a comprehensive range of residential, sport and commercial applications. CostsThe costs for natural grass are ongoing. An initial installation can be done by spreading grass seeds and using fertiliser, but many people choose to go with roll on for their initial lawn. Throughout the life of a natural grass lawn, money must be paid for ongoing maintenance costs and materials, including water.Synthetic grass has a higher initial cost, but there are almost no ongoing maintenance costs and the only water costs are when water is used to clean a spill or a “trouble spot.”AppearanceNatural grass is attractive when it is expertly maintained. When it is at its best, most people agree that natural grass is beautiful. However, it is affected by summer, winter and excessive wear and tear, all of which can turn it brown and riddle it with bare spots.Synthetic grass looks the same every day of the year; the extremes of the Perth climate have no effect on it. “New generation” forms of artificial grass, such as Green Planet Grass, look and feel so much like perfectly maintained natural grass that most people can’t tell the difference unless they are standing on it.MaintenanceNatural grass needs a high amount of maintenance to keep it in its optimum condition. Too much sun, rain or foot traffic all degrade the surface, affecting both appearance and performance. Natural grass must be watered, mowed, weeded, re-planted and otherwise maintained on a regular basis.Synthetic grass needs almost no maintenance. It is unaffected by the Perth climate. Artificial grass needs to be kept free of debris and “trouble spots” need to be cleaned. Water is usually enough to clean artificial grass; “trouble spots” occasionally need soap and water. Synthetic grass also needs brushing from time to time if a path begins to wear into a high traffic area. Comparing Natural Grass and Synthetic GrassMr Everley is of the opinion that a growing number of Australians are beginning to favour synthetic grass over natural grass, especially in the Perth area. According to Mr Everley: “When you put all of the factors together, synthetic grass comes out on top every time, especially a new generation grass like Green Planet Grass. Australians seem to be placing a higher premium on their time than at any era in history. We don’t want to spend time or money each week on lawn maintenance when we don’t have to.”Mr Everley concluded: “Most of our customers recoup their initial investment between three and six years after installation. After that, Green Planet Grass is money in the bank.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs synthetic grass in the Perth area. They are Australian owned and their range of artificial lawns are also manufactured in Australia. They carry a wide range of artificial grass landscaping solutions for commercial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Artificial Grass Manufacturer in Perth Commits to Helping Prevent Concussions in Children 2015-02-26T04:32:29Z artificial-grass-manufacturer-in-perth-commits-to-helping-prevent-concussions-in-children Perth, WA, 26 February 2015 - Justin Everley, owner of Green Planet Grass, an artificial grass manufacturer and installer from the Perth area, is committed to creating safer residential, playground and sport surfaces for children. Their child-specific landscape system is called GPG Play Grass. Green Planet Grass has installed Play Grass in numerous residences, playgrounds and parks. According to Mr Everley, GPG Play Grass was specifically created to cater to the needs of children. One of those needs is a safe surface that doesn’t cause concussions. Mr Everley refers to AS/NZS 4422:1996, which covers a concept called Critical Fall Height (CFH). CFH is a standard to which every playground must adhere. Mr Everley believes that artificial grass should not only meet CFH standards, but exceed them.According to Mr Everley: “Critical fall height is a great concept. It mandates that any playground surface must be safe for a child to fall from the highest piece of playground equipment without causing undue injury. It is determined by dropping an object meant to simulate the human head onto a surface and measuring the impact. When the impact reaches a certain threshold, the height that caused it is the critical fall height of that surface.”Mr Everley continued, “We think critical fall height is a great law, but we would rather supply a product that exceeds the standards whenever possible.”Due to extensive feedback from customers, Green Planet Grass created the GPG Play Grass System specifically for children. The system starts with a set of variables that are adjusted according to the needs of the customer. The amount of “give” in the surface can be controlled by variables such as the pile density, infill and the use of one or more shock pads. This same technique is used for all purpose athletic fields and surfaces for various sports such as Australian football, soccer, cricket and rugby. With sports, Green Planet Grass reproduces the field characteristics of a perfectly maintained pitch, striking a balance between safety and “playability.”When Green Planet Grass installs GPG Play Grass at a playground or a residence, they don’t have to worry about making a soccer ball bounce to a perfect height and they can focus more on child safety. For a child care centre, for example, they may use extra shock pads and a softer infill to make impacts as low as possible. For a playground, the challenge is to make the surface as low-impact as possible without producing a trampoline effect.Green Planet Grass is slowly putting together a track record of success with the GPG Play Grass system. According to Mr Everley: “We have produced one of the safest artificial grass surfaces in the Perth area. We have found a near-perfect balance between quality of play and reduced chance of injury.”Green Planet Grass is an artificial grass manufacturer and installer serving the Perth area. They offer a wide range of landscaping systems for residential, sport and commercial use. Their Green Planet Grass Play Grass system is renowned for its safety, durability and overall high quality. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Teamster App Is a Sporty Tinder & Instagram Sandwich 2015-01-29T02:45:37Z teamster-app-is-a-sporty-tinder-amp-instagram-sandwich Melbourne, VIC, Australia (PRWIRE) January 29, 2015 Available today, the app Teamster offers users the ability to find people nearby to play sport with, as well as organise sports activities with friends and Teamster users. With 19 sports currently on offer, Teamster is designed for everyday runners, cyclists, ball or water sportsmen and women, as well as being a huge benefit to travellers. Whether the user is a beginner or an elite athlete, Teamster will find new training buddies and sort out who is coming to play on the weekend without having to ask everyone individually. After logging in through Facebook, users will be asked to select the sports they play and the skill level associated with each sport, from Level 1 (Beginner), to Level 5 (Elite). Teamster will then suggest the best suited people through its precise recommendation engine. The user can begin Tinder style swiping through the users who play the same sport, with a similar skill level, in their area. A swipe to the right will send a team request, while a swipe to the left will skip the user. On the Instagram inspired activity feed users will be able to see and join upcoming nearby activities that their teammates and other users have created for their selected sports, (an activity is a sports session with a set day, time, location, specific sport and level). The activity map reveals the same activities in a map format, with each activity displayed as a sports symbol in the location that the activity will be taking place. When any user joins an activity the creator will receive a notification, while all attendees will be reminded of the activity prior to the start time. To create an activity, the user clicks on the Instagram-like orange button in the centre of the bottom menu bar. The user can then enter the activity details; sport type, day & time, description, duration, location and select who can join the activity, (anyone, teammates and their friends or teammates only). Users also have the option of posting the activity to Facebook. “As an ex racing cyclist and runner, I realised there was room for a platform that would make it easier for sportsmen and women to connect and see what everyone is doing for the week, it’s something that I wish was created earlier” says 22 year old Teamster CEO and Co-Founder, Sam McCallum. The design and functionality of Teamster has a sporty feel to it, with users’ profile pages as an American style college locker, featuring a jersey with the user’s last name and the jersey number as the user’s age. Users are able to upload 5 profile photos and write a small bio which is all shared with other users. User privacy has been taken into consideration at every stage of Teamster’s development; users have the ability to block their profile from being seen and contacted by the opposite gender, while users between the ages of 13 and 17 will only be able to see other users within this age bracket. Teamster is currently available for free on iPhone & iPad, with the Android version coming soon. Please visit http://www.GoTeamster.com for more information on Teamster, including app videos, screenshots, a press kit, all social media accounts and a brief description on the development team behind Teamster. To install Teamster:    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teamster/id909633954?ls=1&mt=8