Apollo Recycles Tires For Sports Field in India
Carrying forward its association with Manchester United Football Club, Apollo Tyres Ltd. has inaugurated India’s first ‘Go The Distance’ football pitch in Powai, Mumbai. The first such playing surface, created using recycled rubber, is just outside the home ground of Manchester United, Old Trafford, in the United Kingdom.
Satish Sharma, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region for Apollo, and Bryan Robson, the longest serving former captain of Manchester United and club ambassador, inaugurated the ‘Go The Distance’ pitch by kicking the football.
The Go The Distance pitch is a state-of-the-art surface, which has been created using 100% recycled rubber from company’s own tires. Roughly 10 tons of rubber, which is equivalent to 2200 tires, has been used. It has been specifically designed around three key challenges incorporating control, agility, and accuracy, which are the key performance aspects for the sport as well as Apollo's products.
Sharma says, “Apollo Tyres as a company is committed to sustainability. This pitch in Mumbai, and the Go The Distance playgrounds in Chennai, created using end-of-life tires, in addition to our increased focus on tire retreading, is a proof of our commitment towards the cause. This Go The Distance pitch will also be available to the youth from the local communities to test out and hone their football skills.”
Bryan Robson, former captain of Manchester United, spent some time displaying his football skills to the children present at the venue.
“Go The Distance pitch is a very good platform provided by Apollo Tyres and Manchester United, which will help encourage the next generation of football talent, and allows us to engage further with the local community,” Robson says.
Apollo Tyres has associated with Kick For All Academy for the upkeep and maintenance, and proper utilization of the Go The Distance pitch.