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Following recent concerns about the dangers of rubber products used within sports and play surfacing; our rubber supplier has sent this information to us received from SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association – a UK body).

A few years ago SAPCA became aware of concerns being voiced in some countries over the use of recycled rubber from vehicle tyres in sports and play surfaces. In response SAPCA convened a working group of UK experts to investigate the situation, and carried out a substantial review of previous national and international studies undertaken by scientists on the risks from rubber aggregates in sporting contexts. The consensus from those studies was that the rubber crumb poses no significant health risk.

You may be aware of recent new interest in the subject from the media, including in the UK. SAPCA has received several enquiries from the media (and member companies) on the issue, and we are responding with a statement that highlights the benefits of synthetic sports surfaces and confirms the consensus of the existing research. While we are not aware of any new research studies, we are looking into whether any more evidence is available.

Chris Trickey
Chief Executive, SAPCA

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