Talent is not everything. Performance needs to be repeatedly confirmed and improved with consistent, intensive training. For this purpose, Bundesliga club Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV) has set up a youth development centre right next to the Volksparkstadion, the home of its professionals. Covering 4,600 m², the centre has sufficient space to include a school with boarding and day-care facilities, a canteen and cafeteria, offices, a conference area, and fitness and seminar rooms. Placing the centre right next to the well-known Volksparkstadion is a deliberate attempt to bring youth teams and professional footballers closer together.
In order to transform youth payers into high-performance, skilful professionals, a range of training areas, besides football pitches, are needed to develop physical strength and fitness. One such area is the campus’s own fitness studio for targeted strength and endurance training. The floor required for this facility is everroll impact+, the elastic fitness flooring from the manufacturers BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH. A total of 475 m² was laid in HSV’s development centre. The 400 m² training area and the 40-metre sprint track are visually distinguished by the colour of their respective wear layers.
For casual outdoor training, a small pitch was installed on the roof of the development centre. Regupol kombi play was chosen for the playing surface here. This is an elastic, synthetic sports flooring consisting of two layers, for which installation and marking are carried out on site. Its high elasticity reduces the risk of injury from falls, while its compacted wear layer makes it an ideal surface for all ball games, in which the fun factor takes precedence over performance.