Sport turf consultant STRI launches Chinese enterprise

Sports turf consultancy STRI Group has launched a Chinese company to roll out elite football pitches and try to make the national team one of the world's best.

The new company has several high-end projects underway and is offering a design, build, supply and operate model to provide pitches and associated equipment for stadia and training facilities.

"As a result, it will bring products, services and expertise to Chinese football," said STRI, which partnered with Shanghai KeHua sports promotional company and Beijing iRENA.

Group chief executive Mark Godfrey added: "Alongside our businesses in Qatar and Australia, this company is part of our long-term commitment to the Asia-Pacific region."

The new company, the Shanghai Tizan Turf Science Co, has a number of current projects which include the construction of a world-class, multi-pitch training centre in Kunming.

Heavyweight projects in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanning are about to start while a large stadium and coaching facility in Wuhan, Hubei province are under way.

"In addition, the business is working closely with the Chinese Football Association to improve playing surfaces for the national football team as it bids to break into international tournaments."

The company launch took place at the Century Park football facility in Shanghai, attended by the English Premier League, The FA, several Chinese football clubs and government officials.

Chinese Football Association vice president Xiaohua Lin said: "We welcome the wealth of international expertise STRI Group brings to the Chinese football industry. "We will encourage our venues to improve their facilities utilising the products and services they provide."

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