Gerflor - Education
THE magic of school sports isn't only about how a child or student can become a professional someday, or even that their team wins, but that they step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. It can be a lesson they take with them wherever they go in life. There are obvious health benefits as well. In this digital age we live in, organised athletics and sports activity within the education environment is one of the best ways to combat the rise in childhood and adolescent obesity. It’s a lesson that most education professionals heed.
Gerflor says it is well-known as an official supplier for Olympic Games but is also synonymous with sport and wellness since 1947 when synthetic sports floors were first invented. Today Gerflor sports floorings are said not only to be associated with international sporting events but are also now a popular choice in a vast array of education markets and applications.
Gerflor says it understands how important it is to future-proof school, college and other learning building interiors, therefore its solutions offer ‘optimum safety, comfort, performance and are competitively priced to meet the needs of most education budgets’. Gerflor says it is always on hand to assist with specifications, provide technical advice and quotes for both new build or refurbishment projects.
Taraflex Comfort is a P3 category sports flooring, suitable for a variety of sport and leisure activities. Reportedly offering a high level of shock absorption, minimising the force of impact on the body and reducing long term injury risk, Taraflex reportedly offers a wide range of colours and is suitable for a variety of applications and has been used by the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis) for decades. Through partnerships with these federations Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976. Taraflex is available in 17 colours and three wood-effect designs. The range also reportedly offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users. Gerflor says Taraflex meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli - S. aureus - MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol, which is said to render polish redundant and is triple action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip. Gerflor says Taraflex has a double density foam backing and with another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Taraflex also meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. Available with the Eco-Fit System, suitable for renovation works and the Dry-Tex System suitable for new construction with damp subfloors.
Bolton School is one of the oldest schools in Lancashire. It’s a school where sport flourishes and the staff know only too well that keeping fit and focused is a great boon to aid learning. Gerflor says it has in-depth sports knowledge and expertise that makes it a world class indoor sports manufacturer which positions it as one of the most preferred sports flooring suppliers to the education sector.
It’s for this very reason that Bolton school would specify Gerflor’s world renowned Taraflex sports flooring for their main sports hall. David Laskey, deputy head of estates, Bolton School said, ‘After an extensive consultation period with the Heads of Boys’ and Girls’ Sport, several different flooring types were considered and the decision to use Gerflor was ultimately determined based on both the performance and cost comparisons provided.’
For the product supply and installation Bolton School would turn to Stockport-based Recreational Coatings. Ross Johns, commercial director, Recreational Coatings commented, ‘Taraflex Comfort from Gerflor was primarily specified for their main sports hall because it suited the user and activity type at the school. We had to ensure the sub floor was 100% perfect prior to installation. We have been installing Taraflex for many years and are used to working with this outstanding product.’ He added by saying, ‘Gerflor is our 'go-to' supplier for vinyl flooring products, both in sport and gym environments. Gerflor's products are excellent quality and they provide a great service.’
David Laskey ended by commenting, ‘I’m extremely pleased with the final result as it has revitalised the sports hall and provided us with a modern multipurpose sports complex floor.’