Welcome to the SAPCA BLOG

Insights from experts in the Sports and Play Construction industry.

Returning to Business

The last few months have been extremely difficult for many of our members. Throughout this period, Chris and the rest of the SAPCA team have worked extremely hard to help get our industry back up and running. They have provided and shared guidance on how to make sites safe and worked with partners to help…

Maintaining Sports Facilities During Lockdown

Sports facilities at clubs, schools and parks remain off-limits to users as the UK-wide lockdown continues. There are, however, a number actions that venue operators should take, if at all possible, to ensure that their facilities are kept in good condition and will be ready for the safe return of players when the time comes.…

The New Normal – What Will It Look Like?

These have been the most extraordinary few weeks for the nation, as the covid-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. Clearly, the priority for the government should be the health of its people. The realisation that covid-19 had (and still has) the potential to kill hundreds of thousands of Brits forced the government into…

Setting the tone

Thanks for everyone who made it to the SAPCA Conference at the wonderful St George’s Park National Football Centre. I think I speak for all when I say that the venue delivered again, providing a fantastic backdrop for the conference and setting the tone for a high-quality event which hopefully delivered something for everybody. Speaking…

Talking Strategy

It’s February, which means it’s SAPCA Conference time ā€“ and Iā€™’m really looking forward to another exciting event at the impressive St George’s Park National Football Centre. We have an exciting line-up of speakers this year, led by motivational expert Brad Burton. The conference will also include a session on the Association’s strategy refresh, which…

The year that was

In my very first blog of the year, in January 2019, I predicted that the 12 months ahead would see change and growth within SAPCA. And so it proved to be. During the year, we welcomed new members and strengthened our relationships with a number of external stakeholders ā€“ including Sport England, the national governing…

Padel Tennis

There has been an explosion of interest in recent months about Padel Tennis. Some clubs have already taken the plunge, whilst many others are at the planning application and funding stage. It is not a new sport to the UK and there have been some false dawns before. There have been a very limited number…

Making the case for public spending on physical activity

The public sector plays a huge role in funding and providing the facilities needed to keep a nation active and healthy. From school facilities, swimming pools and race tracks to tennis courts, sports centres and playing fields, the value of publicly-owned (and operated) facilities is immeasurable. The public purse has, however, come under unprecedented pressure…

Class Act

The ongoing need for building, extending and improving educational establishments is creating new opportunities for top class education flooring solutions says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor Limited. As the population grows, the Office of National Statistics predicts that the number of state school places needed could rise by 1 million in less than ten years.…

Changing Landscapes

Sport England is in the midst of a significant transformation process. Since launching its new strategy in 2016 under previous CEO Jennie Price, the organisation has radically reconfigured the way it funds projects. Much more emphasis is now being placed on getting people physically active by any means possible, rather than simply providing facilities and…

Pin It on Pinterest