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Webinar: Pitch-in: Artificial pitches and microplastics

Webinar: Pitch-in: Artificial pitches and microplastics

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), in partnership with Fidra, are excited to deliver this webinar on the environmental impact of synthetic pitches.


Fri, 09/11/2020 - 11:30

Did you know artificial pitches can pollute the environment with microplastic? Find out why it’s a problem, and how you can “Pitch In!” to stop microplastic pollution from your local pitch.

If you play football or rugby on an artificial pitch, you’ve probably spotted them: tiny granules of rubber, clinging to your kit, collecting in your shoes and washing down the drain in the shower. These tiny microplastic particles, known as performance infill, give the pitch the bouncy feel of real grass, but they also pose a risk of plastic pollution, escaping the pitch and ending up in local soils and waterways. Once in the environment microplastic can be ingested by animals such as fish and earthworms and harm ecosystems.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to tackle this microplastic problem. Some artificial pitches are phasing out the use of microplastic infill, with options such as infill-free or ‘organic’ infills such as cork or coconut husk. Where microplastic is still used, barriers like kickboards or filters in drains can make sure microplastic stays on the pitch. The Pitch In project, created by Fidra and KIMO International, aims to raise awareness of this hidden but important issue and highlight different ways we can all Pitch In to reduce microplastic.

Whether you own, design, or train on pitches, join this webinar to find out how you can get involved!


  • Madeleine Berg, Fidra
  • Jerry Ahlstrom, President of KIMO International
  • Bjørn Aas, Centre for Sports Facilities and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Hosted by Neil Rankin, Scottish Student Sport


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