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2:0 to the EstrichBoy in Leipzig's main train station
A campaign of this kind – which is not an everyday event – required flexible and creative solutions since station halls are not, by nature, oversized sandboxes.
While the UEFA European Championship was taking place in France, a beach soccer court was installed in the east hall of Leipzig's main train station and, from 11th to 25th June 2016, teams interested in this variant of football could use it free of charge.
A campaign of this kind – which is not an everyday event – required flexible and creative solutions since station halls are not, by nature, oversized sandboxes. The organisers, the responsible centre management, presented this problem to Stein in Bennewitz – a company specialising in all screed and ancillary work from the greater Leipzig area with whom they had already worked together successfully in the past.
53 tonnes of quartz sand had to be moved
The plan was to carry out the work after 10 p.m., after the shops in the station hall were closed, in order to keep the impact on business at the train station and on visitor traffic to an absolute minimum. This is why a decision was made to use an EstrichBoy EC 450 BS. This Estrich Boy – the tried and tested Brinkmann Original – is fitted with an environmentally friendly electric motor which is emission-free and low-noise. With a mortar hose NW 50 approx. 60 metres long, the required quantities of quartz sand could be transported directly to their location in the time-honoured station hall.
The decision to transport the sand using a compressed air conveyor proved to be spot on. Since the sand was kept damp when used as a football pitch, the nor-mal “plug conveyance” principle could be used for the subsequent task of pumping the sand back out of the hall. Where required, the “mixture” was simply made a little more supple by adding several litres of water.
The high pump output of the EstrichBoy and fact that it can be quickly filled by the scraper ensured that the pitch was in tiptop condition again right on time for the morning rush hour. And the sand from the station is now providing a great deal of fun on a children's playground in Leipzig.
Is a variant of the game of football that is played on sand or on a beach. The Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) organisation arranges numerous tournaments, such as the Beach Soccer World Championship, which has been held twice a year since 2005 as an official FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) event.
The game is played by two teams comprising five players each (four field players and one goalkeeper). It is played barefoot on a sand surface – only elastic foot and ankle bandages are allowed.
The teams change sides after every period of the game, whereby there are three twelve-minute periods. In the event of a draw, the game is followed by three minutes of extra time. If the score is still level at the end of extra time, a penalty shoot-out takes place.