With the increase in demand for sport facilities, more and more recreational providers are turning to artificial turf rather then the traditional grass fields to cater for higher player usage.
Whilst these surfaces have proved invaluable they have also introduced some challenges for coaches who use a range of sports training equipment to develop their players.
One such challenge has been the use of mannequins that hone players' free kick skills. Traditionally this equipment has been designed for grass surfaces and manufactured from tubular steel with spikes to attach to the ground.
Whilst there have been attempts to make this equipment more versatile and suitable for astro turf use, these solutions have proven to be cumbersome and have introduced more issues with regards to player safety, portability and storage.
Whilst the idea of inflatable mannequins is nothing new, these products have varied in quality. They are often time consuming to set up and challenging to pack away and store.
Introducing the new packable, portable, storable product from the Packaworld stable - Packaman. Inflated in seconds and weighted by a discrete water compartment, this self-righting, 1.85 m high mannequin is one of the best on the market.
Easy to transport and store, they can be used on multiple surfaces. They are ideal for free kick training and their inflatable nature makes them a versatile training aid - especially for goalkeepers who can simulate real game situations without the fear of being injured by steel frame equivalents.
The fast release air valve make this one of the quickest mannequins on the market to pack away. To see these mannequins being put through their paces click here .