Eric O'Donnell, Managing Director

Eric is a very experienced pitch Consultant having worked in this sector for 25 years.  Having set up UJSportslabs he has gained further experience in providing expertise to clients such as; Local Authorities, Education, Clubs, Nation governing bodies.

His key skills are:

  • Expert advice on Sports surfaces

  • Contract Administration

  • Project Management

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Design and Technical – Specification Authoring

  • Testing to global Governing Body standards


Emma Steyn, Project Manager

Emma graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and has been a project manager for UJSportslabs for nearly 8 years.


  • My role is twofold; Firstly it includes the day to day management of the Laboratory, secondly as a senior technician I am responsible for the testing of fields and facilities to certain specifications.

  • FIFA Accredited Technician and was part of the Principle Agent team for the FIFA World Cup 2010 Legacy pitches.

  • Conducted Quality Control testing and Performance testing on hockey, football and rugby fields as well as athletics tracks and play facilities throughout South Africa and Africa to specific standards.