Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Packaworld International continues to improve accessibility to sport with the official launch of Packaline – temporary interior line markings designed for use in sports and recreation centers.
Packaline allows recreation facility managers and sports coordinators to mark temporary playing fields without damaging expensive flooring. Temporary court line markings are in light blue as standard. They are made of special quality rubber that rests on the floor, which allows for easy installation and convenient storage.
Packaworld chief executive Peter Roberts said the lines were originally designed for the Paralympic sport of boccia, which is played by wheelchair athletes.
Roberts advises “Our lines are specially designed to rest on the floor, which allows them to be unrolled and reeled up as needed. Most recreation centers do not have permanently marked boccia pitches and many do not allow the use of duct tape due to the damage it can cause.
The Packaline solution has already generated global interest, with early sales to national sport organizations and sport and recreation centers in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Europe.
Among the national sports bodies to adopt the product is Boccia New Zealand, which has tested the lines and provided feedback that will inform future development.
Boccia New Zealand director Scott Martin said the new temporary lines were ideal for sports like boccia which are not always well served by existing leisure infrastructure.
“The athletes love to play on it and they are going to make it much easier for us to bring boccia to new places and communities. We hope they will do it in schools.
Some sports organizers and managers of recreation centers have also used Packalines for other indoor sports, citing their versatility and cost effectiveness.
Eric Funderburk, facilities manager at Crooked Creek Park in Iowa, US, said the lines were originally purchased for volleyball, but his staff have since found other uses for them, such as camp activities and to designate the “safe zones” for games.
Funderburk notes that “the main benefit we saw in the Packaline product was the ability to set up temporary volleyball court dimensions for two hour sessions without the permanence – and clutter – of additional painted lines or surface damage caused by adhesive lines “.
Packaworld’s extensive product line includes inflatable fields and goals for sports such as football, water polo, hockey, bocce, goalball and rugby, as well as compact benches and portable inflatable advertising boards.
Boccia, similar to pétanque, is a sport played by wheelchair athletes in which the ball is thrown, kicked or propelled using a ramp.
The inclusive ball game first appeared at the 1984 Paralympic Games and has since grown in popularity at a rapid rate. Boccia kicks off on August 28 at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games.
Top of image: Boccia athletes playing on the Packaline courts in Christchurch, New Zealand; image above: The new Packaline solution for indoor sports and recreational facilities.
For more information on Packaworld products, visit www.packaworld.com.
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