(19)
(11)EP 3 653 273 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 19205929.3

(22)Date of filing:  29.10.2019
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A63B 63/00  (2006.01)
F16B 12/40  (2006.01)
E04B 1/58  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 31.10.2018 GB 201817829

(71)Applicant: Net World Sports Limited
Wrexham, Clwyd LL13 9UT (GB)

(72)Inventor:
  • Lovén, Alex
    Wrexham, North Wales LL13 9UT (GB)

(74)Representative: Wynne-Jones IP Limited 
Office 16A The Maltings East Tyndall Street
Cardiff, CF24 5EZ
Cardiff, CF24 5EZ (GB)

  


(54)MODULAR CROSSBAR


(57) The invention relates to a frame assembly (100) for a sports goal comprising: at least two frame members (101) each comprising an internal channel (103) defined by a respective frame member casing and an external channel (104) formed upon the casing; wherein the frame member casings comprises a plurality of apertures (105) extending between the internal and external channels; an insert (130) disposable within the internal channel, having a plurality of apertures (135) alignable with the plurality of apertures (105) of the frame member casings; a first plurality of fixing members (110) configured to extend through the plurality of apertures (105) of the frame member casings and insert thereby connecting the frame members and insert; a second plurality of fixing members (120) disposable within the external channel (104) of the frame members; a plate (140), disposable within the external channel (104), having a first plurality of apertures (142) alignable with the second plurality of fixing members and a second plurality of apertures (146) configured to receive a connection means for supporting a goal net.




Description


[0001] The present invention relates to crossbars for sports goals and like assemblies, and more particularly, to modular crossbars for portable or semi-permanent football goals.

[0002] It is important to allow sports goals to be easily accessible around the world without compromising on their safety and durability. Goals are used for many different sports including but not limited to football, handball and futsal.

[0003] On existing, conventional models the logistical and conceptual design of a crossbar is inefficient due to the size, weight and manufacturing processes put into place. As a result, the restriction placed upon the size and weight of the crossbar further enhances the restricted access for the end consumer due to increased logistical outlay and assembly time.

[0004] The traditional crossbar design is uninspired, bulky and not fit for the modern era whereby increased consumer demand requires faster delivery times allowing soccer goals to be introduced into the mass market bringing an enhanced user-friendly design. Lifting and lowering of the crossbar needs to be done in a safe manner and involve the minimum number of operators as possible. All these need to be overcome whilst still meeting strict safety standards.

[0005] To overcome these issues, the present invention proposes an aluminium crossbar on a modular mechanism that is easy to assemble using brackets and internal connectors, this is done in a manner which does not have any fittings or fixings protruding from the face of the goal whilst also allowing net clips to still be fitted into the fixing channel. The crossbar which can be fitted to numerous sizes of sports goals, enables the efficient construction of the goal whilst deploying a safe, sturdy and non-corrosive crossbar. The crossbar is also locked into place with specifically designed hardware to enable a singular person to assemble the goal whilst reducing the minimum number of operators required for lifting and carrying.

[0006] In accordance with the present invention there is provided a frame assembly for a sports goal comprising:

at least two frame members each comprising an internal channel defined by a respective frame member casing and an external channel formed upon the casing;
wherein the frame member casings comprises a plurality of apertures extending between the internal and external channels;

an insert disposable within the internal channel, having a plurality of apertures alignable with the plurality of apertures of the frame member casings;

a first plurality of fixing members configured to extend through the plurality of apertures of the frame member casings and insert thereby connecting the frame members and insert;

a second plurality of fixing members disposable within the external channel of the frame members;

a plate, disposable within the channel, having a first plurality of apertures alignable with the second plurality of fixing members and a second plurality of apertures configured to receive a connection means for supporting a goal net.



[0007] Further aspects and embodiment of the inventions are provided as set out in the Claims.

[0008] The invention may be performed in various ways and embodiments thereof will now be described, by way of example only, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a diagram showing an exemplary sports goal using the frame assembly according to an embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 is a diagram showing an unassembled view of components of the frame assembly according to an embodiment of the invention;

Figure 3 is a diagram showing a partially assembled view of components of the frame assembly according to an embodiment of the invention; and,

Figure 4 is a diagram showing an assembled view of components of the frame assembly according to an embodiment of the invention.



[0009] Referring to Figure 1 of the drawings, there is illustrated a sports goal 10 for use in football (soccer) comprising a frame assembly 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention. The frame assembly 100 is comprised of three frame members 101a, 101b, 101c, defining an upper crossbar for the goal. The three frame members are connected externally via plates 140, situated in an external channel 104 formed on the rear in use of the casing of the frame members. The plates are attached to the frame member with fixing members 120. The three frame member are connect via joints 202 to the upright posts 203, which in turn are connect to side posts 204. A second base crossbar 200 potentially identical to the upper crossbar 100 is placed to the rear between the side posts 204. A back or net support 205 is connected between the joints of the upper and base crossbars, additionally bracers 206 are placed at the corner to further support the net 207 and the goal frame 10.

[0010] In an embodiment the frame members are tubular. The frame members may be partly, substantially hollow. The frame members may adhere to standard or conventional shapes and sizes of sports goals components, such that they me be retrofitted to existing goals or form new modular assemblies where more than one is used. The frame member may be constructed from any appropriate material such as aluminium or plastics.

[0011] Referring to Figure 2 of the drawings, there is illustrated a portion of a frame assembly 100, prior to being assembled for use. Two frame members 101a, 101b are shown in a separated configuration. An insert 130 is shown between the two frame members. The insert 130 is positionable within the internal channel 103 of the frame members. The insert 130 has apertures 135 which align with apertures 105 on the casing of the frame member extending between the external channel 104 and the internal channel 103. When the two frame members 101 are connected such that they are abutting the insert 130 will not be visible. Further shown are fixing members 120 which slot into the external channel 103, which will be used for attaching further components to the assembly.

[0012] In an embodiment the insert is weighted to weigh the goal down to prevent any injury from tipping. The insert may be aligned within the frame members with the help of locating features within the internal channel, such features may be protrusion which impeded further progress along the length of the member or the like. In conjunction with the frame members the insert may be constructed from various materials in the appropriate size and shape for the required use.

[0013] In an embodiment the external channel is as known in the art, profiled such that the channel may be used with "quick clips" to attach nets to goals. Further embodiments are envisaged where the channel also cooperates with second fixing members 120 to retain them in place, the channel may be further supplied with locating features such as protrusions or indentations that the fixing member cooperate with. In Figure 2 the fixing member is a threaded bolt, where the bolt locates in the channel. It will be appreciated that the skilled person could envisage multiple various method of attachment that are simple and well know. For example the insert aperture 135 may include a thread circumference or other method to retain the first fixing means 110.

[0014] Referring to Figure 3 of the drawings, there is illustrated a frame assembly 100, in a partially configured arrangement. Three frame members 101a, 101b, 101c are shown in a joined configuration. A first plurality of fixing members 110 are shown extending through the plurality of apertures 105 on the frame member casings and into the insert, which is not visible being within the internal channel, thereby connecting the frame members and insert. A second plurality of fixing members 120 disposed within the external channel 104 of the frame members are visible. A plate 140 is shown which is disposable within the external channel 104. The plate has a first plurality of apertures 142 alignable with the second plurality of fixing members 120. It can be seen that the plate 140 enters into the channel 104 and the second plurality of fixing members 120 extend through the apertures 142. When the plate is in the channel and engaged with the fixing members the connection between the frame members is further secured. The first fixing means 110 as shown comprises a threaded bolt 110a and a washer 110b, the washer being placed between the bolt and the surface of the external channel 104. The second fixing means 120 as shown comprises a threaded bolt 120, a nut 121a and washer 121b, in use the bolt 120 protrudes through aperture 142 of the plate 140; the washer 121b is between the plate and nut 121a.

[0015] In an embodiment both the first and second fixing means are shown as threaded bolts, included nuts (for the second means) and washers. It will be appreciated that the skilled person could consider various other attachment means for example but not limited to clips, brackets, screws, adhesives, resiliently deformable members, straps etc.

[0016] Referring to Figure 4 of the drawings, there is illustrated a frame assembly 100, in an assembly arrangement. Two frame members 101a, 101b are shown in a joined configuration, by the plate 140 located in the external channel 104, secured to both the frame members by fixing means 120. Further shown is the plate 140 has a second plurality of apertures 146 configured to receive a connection means 150 for supporting a goal net 207.

[0017] In an example of use of the frame assembly 100, the components can be brought to the location of the goal in a deconstructed configuration. Two frame members 101a and 101b may be set out with an insert 130. The insert 130 is placed partially within both the internal channels 103 of the frame members, there may be locating feature within the channel to help with alignment. Second fixing members 120 are slid into the external channel 104, which may also have locating features to help with alignment. The frame members are brought together and the insert 130 enclosed. The second fixing members are protruding outwards from the external channel. First fixing members 110 are placed through apertures 105 in the external channel 104 into the internal channel 103 and also the insert 130, thereby retaining the insert within the frame members and also securing the opposing frame members 101a, 101b. A plate 140 is placed over the protruding second fixing members 120, which extend through the plates first apertures 142. Additional features of the fixing members 120 such as washers 121b and nut 121a can than be used to secure the plate in place and further securing the frame members, such that they are adequately robust for use. Finally further connecting means 150 can be placed through the plate's 140 second apertures 146, which can be used to attach the net 207 to the goal. Once the frame assembly is completed it can be attached to further interconnectable modular frame assemblies or standard components to form the full structure of a goal 10. Multiple frame assemblies can be used to create multiple goals at different location with ease.

[0018] It will be appreciated that some of these steps can be down in different orders, for example sliding in the second fixing members from the end of the channel furthest from where the members connect but, this will add time to the set up.

[0019] It will be appreciated that frame assembly of the present invention provides a modular, safe and portable goal for use in all weather conditions. Conforming to all the required safety standards and meeting different sporting regulations.


Claims

1. A frame assembly (100) for a sports goal comprising:

at least two frame members (101) each comprising an internal channel (103) defined by a respective frame member casing and an external channel (104) formed upon the casing;
wherein the frame member casings comprises a plurality of apertures (105) extending between the internal and external channels;

an insert (130) disposable within the internal channel, having a plurality of apertures (135) alignable with the plurality of apertures (105) of the frame member casings;

a first plurality of fixing members (110) configured to extend through the plurality of apertures (105) of the frame member casings and insert thereby connecting the frame members and insert;

a second plurality of fixing members (120) disposable within the external channel (104) of the frame members;

a plate (140), disposable within the external channel (104), having a first plurality of apertures (142) alignable with the second plurality of fixing members and a second plurality of apertures (146) configured to receive a connection means for supporting a goal net.


 
2. A frame assembly as claimed in claim 2, wherein the frame members (101) are substantially tubular in shape.
 
3. A frame assembly as claimed in any previous claim, comprising three frame members and two inserts.
 
4. A frame assembly as claimed in any previous claim, wherein the insert (130) comprise an internal thread formed within the apertures (135) which is engagable with the first plurality of fixing members (110).
 
5. A frame assembly as claimed in any previous claim, wherein the second plurality fixing members (120) each comprise a bolt, washer (121b) and nut (121a).
 
6. A frame assembly as claimed in any previous claim, further comprising joint members (202) to connect the frame members (101) to further frame components (203).
 
7. A sports goal comprising a frame assembly as claimed in any previous claim.
 
8. A sports goal as claimed in claim 7 wherein the sports goal is for football, footsal or handball.
 




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