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.”