Photo of PSG groundsman Jonathan Calderwood marking out the Parc des Princes pitch prior to a EURO 2016 game.

Pitchmark Supply EURO 2016

Pitchmark, international suppliers of line marking paint and equipment, have been chosen to supply their products for the European Championships 2016 in France, where four of the five ‘home nations’ will be showcasing their talents alongside Europe’s elite.

Richard Hayden from Clive Richardson Ltd, who are responsible for organising pitch construction and maintenance throughout the tournament, approached Pitchmark. Mr Hayden said they had been chosen because of their excellent reputation in the industry, as well as their proven track record of supplying competitions like the Confederations Cup 2013, World Cup Brazil 2014 and European Super Cup Final 2015.

Photo of Pitchmark MD Mark Rodman speaking to grounds staff on the pitch in the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France.

Mark Rodman training grounds staff at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, prior to EURO 2016.

As a leading worldwide supplier, Pitchmark managed the quick turnaround required of delivering both paint and machines into all 10 host stadia. Mark Rodman, Managing Director of Pitchmark, flew out to help train staff at the Stade Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux, as well as the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

Mark said: “We’re delighted to have supplied our products to yet another high profile event. It proves that even though we are a young, small family business, our products, expertise and customer service are market-leading. We’re very proud!”

Photo of Pitchmark MD Mark Rodman speaking to grounds staff on the pitch in the Stade Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux, France.

Mark Rodman training grounds staff at the Stade Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux, prior to EURO 2016.

Pitchmark’s Eco System – consisting of Ecoline+ ready-to-use paint, fine conical nozzles, and Eco spray markers – was chosen due to the incredibly bright and durable results it offers. This is especially important during tournaments like this as the eyes of the world will be on the pitch. In particular it is vital with goal-line technology, which is also helped by the implementation of Pitchmark’s LineFix socket system.

Mark said: “Education is important when it comes to line marking. Our Eco System focuses on atomising high quality paint so that each leaf of grass is covered, giving the best visual results possible with just a couple of litres.”

“I’ve come across many grounds where the staff are applying fifteen or twenty litres of paint for a pitch. The problem with this is that most of it runs straight down into the soil, which can damage the root system and can give inferior results. Sometimes, less is actually more.” Mark added. “We’re very much looking forward to the tournament now and keeping an eye on those lines!”