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14th April, 2016

This football pitch is floodlit by foot power

by ROWLAND MANTHORPE

As the Sun sets over the Morro da Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, player power ensures this pitch stays lit. The six LED floodlights surrounding the field are powered by 200 kinetic tiles buried under the AstroTurf, which capture the energy generated by the players’ activity.

“I found a way to use energy from a footstep to rotate a flywheel,” explains Laurence Kemball-Cook, the 30-year-old founder of UK company Pavegen, which makes the technology. “The more people walk on it, the more it spins.”

Each 5cm-thick tile, which cost £600 a square metre to buy, produces up to 7W of power per footstep – if they [...]

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28th May, 2015

Huge News. Fifa 16 will feature Womens Teams

Award-winning video game series FIFA 16 will, for the first time, include women’s teams in the game.

Twelve international teams, including England, will appear in EA SPORTS FIFA 16, out in September.

England captain Steph Houghton, pictured above, was delighted with the news:

“The whole team are thrilled to be included in EA SPORTS FIFA 16. It’s a really exciting year for women’s football with the forthcoming World Cup and to find out we will be included in FIFA for the first time is a special feeling.

“To be one of the first female players included in the game is something we’ll always be able to look back on [...]

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