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Insights from experts in the Sports and Play Construction industry.

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…

The Growing Importance of Mental Health in Sport

Earlier this month the UK celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week, which saw the topic receiving a lot of media attention. It was great to see sport featured heavily in the coverage, as there remains uneasiness in discussing mental health within the industry – both at elite and grassroots level. For me, one of the most…

Post Conference Thoughts

Following another successful and inspiring SAPCA Conference last month, I want to offer my thanks to everyone who helped organise the event – including our generous sponsors Halliday Lighting and Replay Maintenance. It was great to see Sport England and so many NGBs represented too, a sign that there is strong support for our work…

Building an active nation – making our case

Sport England recently reached the midpoint of its five-year Towards An Active Nation strategy. Launched in May 2016, the strategy maps out the organisation’s direction of travel until 2021. Towards An Active Nation was launched in response to the government’s Sporting Future strategy and signalled a radical change in focus for the grassroots funding body.…

Into the New Year

It is customary, at the beginning of each year, to fix your gaze forward and assess what the next 12 months might hold. For SAPCA, 2019 promises to be a year of change and continued development and growth. One of the most visible changes will be the one facing the composition of the SAPCA board.…

Non-Traditional Structures

In the past structures used for the playing of sport were constructed in ways that followed closely those used in established warehousing and industry. They were of the traditional type with lifespans commensurate with the materials used. But there has always been a demand for lower cost warehousing, agricultural and military storage with high and…

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