A partnership built from the ground up

2017 saw both the EHF and EHF Marketing GmbH announce an extension to their contracts with the leading sports flooring company, Gerflor.

Continuing its long-term partnership with European top-level handball, the company will supply the official playing floor for the continent’s top club competitions and EHF EURO events through to 2020.

The new contract with EHF Marketing GmbH for the club competitions was signed on the fringes of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2017 in Cologne, Germany by the Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, David Szlezak, and Lionel Arlin, Sport Federations and Events Manager from Gerflor.

Gerflor contract extended

The distinctive lagoon blue and black handball court was first introduced to the Men’s EHF Champions League at the start of the 2006/07 season and was extended to the Women’s EHF Champions League from 2011/12. It provides the best possible playing conditions as well as a consistent look for Europe’s top competitions.

The flooring system supplied by Gerflor is the Taraflex Sport M Evolution. A 7 mm surface featuring a bi-density 5 mm foam backing and a 2 mm thick top layer. The system is portable, making it ideal for use in arenas.

The surface is the most used one for top handball events worldwide on a removable stage and provides great cushioning, perfect elasticity and a controlled grip under foot.

The Protecsol top layer varnished treatment contribute to a perfect grip/slide compromise for players while reducing risks of skin burns while falling down.

The ‘lagoon blue’ and black floor is also implemented at the EHF’s final season events including the Men’s EHF Cup Finals, Women’s EHF FINAL4 and the VELUX EHF FINAL4.

Speaking about the agreement, David Szlezak, Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, said: “As the industry leader, Gerflor, has always been the first choice for the EHF’s club competitions. Its Taraflex product is the best sports surface on the market and its distinctive look is an important part of our corporate identity.”

Gerflor’s Pierre Lienhard, Director International Operations, said: “We are very proud of our long-term partnership with both the EHF and EHF Marketing GmbH, a relationship that dates back to 2004. Our flooring system offers players the optimal playing surface while at the same time providing an instantly recognisable ‘look’ to each competition, which is so important not only for marketing purposes but also to TV partners.”

National Team Events

The EHF also agreed a four-year extension to its contract with Gerflor, which will see the French company supply the official playing floor for the men’s and women’s EHF EURO events in both 2018 and 2020 as well as younger age category events.

Since 2016, the EHF’s national team competitions have had a new look thanks to the development of a new colour scheme by the EHF and Gerflor. With the highly distinctive ‘bright yellow and blue’ considered outdated and as a result of the update to the EHF corporate identity, a new colour scheme was introduced at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.

The new look for the EHF EURO events provides a consistent look across European handball, with the use of ‘lagoon blue’ for the main court area, a colour used in the EHF Champions League since 2006/07, but with the addition of the ‘EHF’ dark blue for the six-metre goal area and surrounding the court as well as red for the coaching zone.

“Gerflor has been a trusted partner of the EHF for many years and we are delighted that we will continue this relationship through to 2020,” said Michael Wiederer, EHF President on the contract extension. “For Europe’s top competitions we demand the very best and, for more than a decade, Gerflor has consistently delivered both world-class products and service to the EHF.”

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Gerflor Arena Set Up