FEP QUALITY SEAL FOR ARTIFICIAL TURF
WHAT IS THE FEP QUALITY SEAL?
The Spanish Padel Federation is the body in charge of regulating padel sports competitions and their requirements at a national level. To ensure compliance with the regulations, the federation has developed the FEP Quality Seal. This is an approved recognition that guarantees the quality and durability of the three main FEP approval groups: the artificial turf of the courts, the sports materials used for playing padel, and the construction materials for the assembly of the courts.
The quality, strength, and durability controls for the three homologation groups must be accredited by a centre approved by the Spanish Padel Federation.
THE AITEX LABORATORY IS APPROVED BY FEP
AITEX is one of the networks of laboratories approved in Spain by the Spanish Padel Federation for the homologation of artificial turf for padel courts. According to the current FEP regulations, the centre audits the quality, strength and durability of the material used for padel sports surfaces.
Approved centres are part of the FEP quality seal, which ensures the correct practice of padel in Spain.
HOW DOES THE FEP CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR ARTIFICIAL TURF OPERATE?
The certification process for a paddle tennis court is in two phases:
> Phase I. Dimensional homologation. Carried out by the Spanish Padel Federation to analyse the safety and regularity of the playing surface.
> Phase II. Functional homologation. Managed by an approved centre, such as AITEX, which carries out the necessary tests to guarantee compliance with FEP regulations and the safety of padel players.
TESTS ON PADEL COURTS
> Resistance of seams and joints; original and aged after hydrolysis
> Resistance to weathering (UV)
> Tensile strength of the yarn (original and after UV ageing)
> Tensile strength of backing
> Abrasion resistance
> Shock absorption
> Vertical bounce
> Rotational resistance
> Original pile pull-out and after hydrolysis ageing
IDENTIFICATION OF INSTALLED PRODUCT
WHY INCLUDE THE FEP QUALITY SEAL IN PADDLE TENNIS COURTS?
Obtaining the FEP certification guarantees the quality and performance of the sports surface: in this case, best possible technical sports function. .
In addition to complying with the specifications set out in the Rules of the Game of the Spanish Padel Federation, the FEP certification ensures the quality, strength and durability of the sports surface, regardless of the climate.
With the FEP seal of quality, the courts acquire greater value, increasing the safety of the players on the court. Approved artificial turf meets the quality standards of the Federation, improving the development of this growing sport.