Heras & Colourfield
Heras is one of the companies that contributed to an unique sports field in New Delhi. This exceptional sports field is protected by a unique fencing concept: Uni Security. This Heras fence is installed in such a way that the safety and protection of the athletic pitch is ensured. Because the vertical cables go through a horizontal U profile, the connection cannot be released, which means injuries are prevented and shocks are absorbed. The strong connection makes it difficult to cut loose. Moreover, Uni Security has a smooth surface, making it difficult to climb over. This prohibits vandalism.
Press release: Innovative athletic pitch in New Delhi calling card for Dutch companies
On Thursday, 1 December, Indian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel, opened the “Colourfield” in the heart of New Delhi. He did this together with former professional footballers Frank Rijkaard and Johan Neeskens, and former professional hockey player Floris Jan Bovelander. The eight Dutch companies responsible for the design and build of this innovative athletic pitch were present at the opening ceremony. “Colourfield is a calling card for what the Netherlands has to offer in terms of athletic infrastructure and innovation,” said Ambassador Fons Stoelinga, who was also at the opening.
Colourfield is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FME Dutch Sports Infrastructure, a corporate collective that focuses on the international exchange of Dutch innovations and ideas concerning major sporting events. The Indian Sports Authority made a prime piece of public property available for the project, right next to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, home of the Indian National Football Team.
After the country only won two medals in the last Olympic Games, India is looking for options to professionalise sports, at both the elite and amateur levels. In this regard, the government organisation is doing a thorough study of the Dutch system of sports federations and sports clubs for promoting sports in India, since there is nothing like this system in India. There is also a demand for the technical expertise in the Netherlands. That is why a trade mission has been organised in the periphery of the opening for businesses that are active in the sports infrastructure and built environment sectors.
Colourfield is designed with Indian needs and the prevailing environment in mind. For example, artificial turf and sustainable lighting were used; the fences are sturdy and do not make any noise; and a rainwater catchment and treatment system has been installed around the field.
In addition to this showcase of Dutch technology, the partnership also includes a social sports programme. The KNVB (Dutch Football Association) World Coaches and 1 Million Hockey Legs are helping to create a sports community and are developing knowledge on sports education via a train-the-trainer programme. This is not just to (further) develop football and hockey, but to strengthen the local community. The goal is to encourage children and adolescents to cultivate their talents and passions.
The more intense sports partnership between the Netherlands and India started around two years ago, when Minister Edith Schippers and Jitendra Sing signed a partnership agreement. One of the results was the Partnership International Business (PIB) programme, the framework in which the companies responsible for Colourfield collaborated. These companies are Amsterdam Arena, Heras International, KNVB World Coaches, TenCate Grass Components, Zwarts & Jansma Architects, Philips, Drain Products, and Pentair. The companies form a partnership under the leadership of the FME in order to act jointly in the Indian market with the aid of their own time, own financial investments, and government subsidies.