Job search
Job Search

Sport kit: Product innovations

Lauren Heath-Jones takes a look at the latest technology and innovation currently making waves in sports facilities

by Lauren Heath-Jones , Leisure Media | Published in Sports Management Jul Aug 2017 issue 132
Read on turning pages | Download PDF of this issue

Dan Collinson on supplying a flexible,
multi-sports hub for Hampshire school

Dan Collinson, managing director of Collinson
Dan Collinson, managing director of Collinson

Sports facility specialist Collinson has supplied St Neots Preparatory School in Hampshire, UK, with a new sports hall. It was designed using Collinson’s Challenger, an adaptable building system made from a tensile steel frame covered in a heavy duty architectural membrane.

The Challenger was connected to Collinson’s Evolution structure to create a large sports hub, featuring a swimming pool, showers and changing rooms, a reception area and storage space.

The hall accommodates five badminton courts and was designed to meet Sport England specifications. It also incorporates a full-sized tennis court, five mini tennis courts and features netball, basketball and indoor cricket nets.

The courts are designed to provide flexibility and can be divided into a two/three court orientation, allowing for separate sports to take place in their own areas at the same time. The hall also has a viewing gallery, offering spectators a bird’s eye view of the hall.

Dan Collinson, Collinson’s managing director, says: “St Neots is an excellent example of how versatile our building system is. The design has been configured to incorporate different structure types, optimising the benefits of each, which are then seamlessly linked to create a sports hub.”

Sport-kit keyword: COLLINSON

“St Neots is an excellent example of how versatile our building system is. The design has been configured to incorporate different structure types, optimising the benefits of each, which are then seamlessly linked to create a sports hub.”

The new sports hub houses a swimming pool and badminton and tennis courts
The new sports hub houses a swimming pool and badminton and tennis courts

CopriSystems’ Rafe Colenso on tennis club revamp that’s boosting membership

Rafe Colenso, director 
of CopriSystems
Rafe Colenso, director of CopriSystems

Peterborough Town Tennis Club (PTTC) has invested nearly half a million pounds in its facilities. The investment includes two new covered courts housed in a CopriSystems framed fabric structure.

Previously PTTC had two separate sites. However, it was a long-term objective to sell one site in order to improve the other.

CopriSystems utilised the fabric frame from the now closed site to create the new covered courts. The fabric frames are made from hot-dipped galvanised tensile steel. The dome frames are covered in PVC-coated polyester fabric that is self-extinguishing and resistant to UV damage. This material is stretched over the frame to create a seamless roof that is designed to last for more than 20 years.

Since its completion, the covered court has given PTTC a renewed popularity, with membership increasing by a reported 600 per cent, and further plans to extend the club.

Rafe Colenso, director of CopriSystems, says: “It was great to be able to reuse a sports dome that was just going to be demolished and effectively sent for scrap, but also to revitalise a structure. It’s given a whole new lease of life to the club.”

Sport-kit keyword: COPRISYSTEMS

“It was great to be able to reuse a sports dome that was just going to be demolished and effectively sent for scrap, but also to revitalise a structure. It’s given a whole new lease of life to the club.”

The two courts are covered by a framed fabric structure
The two courts are covered by a framed fabric structure

April Trasler of Neptunus on creating
a sports hall for the Dutch Judo Association

April Trasler, managing 
director of Neptunus
April Trasler, managing director of Neptunus

International temporary structure specialist Neptunus has created a bespoke sports hall for the Dutch Judo Association at the National Sports Centre Papendal in the Netherlands. The facility, named Ruskahal after Holland’s two-time Olympic Champion Willem ‘Wim’ Ruska, opened in March 2017 and took just 12 weeks to complete.

Using its Flexolution semi-permanent building system, Neptunus created a state-of-the-art judo hall featuring a dojo (a formal martial arts training space), a grandstand, medical facilities, changing rooms, showers, toilets and office spaces.

Flexolution is a modular building system that has the appearance of a permanent structure but can be dismantled and reused, making it completely flexible and sustainable. It’s designed to meet the same stringent energy and environmental requirements as that of a permanent building, and can be operational for up to 20 years.

“Our semi-permanent sports halls can be built quickly and efficiently,” says Neptunus managing director April Trasler. “They offer cost-effective space solutions for a wide variety of sports and they are demountable, so they can be taken down and reassembled at a new location if required.”

Sport-kit keyword: NEPTUNUS

“They offer cost-effective space solutions for a wide variety of sports and they are demountable, so they can be taken down and reassembled at a new location if required.”

The judo sports hall structure could be dismantled and reused
The judo sports hall structure could be dismantled and reused
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sports jobs
London Youth
featured job

Sports Centre Manager

London Youth
Salary: £32,000
Job location: Amersham, United Kingdom
Vibrant Partnerships
featured job

Centre Assistants - Lee Valley VeloPark

Vibrant Partnerships
Salary: Competitive Hourly Rate
Job location: Olympic Park, London
Sport England
featured job

Strategic Lead, Leisure Contracts and Operations

Sport England
Salary: Competitive
Job location: London, United Kingdom (Flexible)
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
The Gym Group
featured job

General Manager

The Gym Group
Salary: Highly Competitive Salary + c20% Bonus + Optional PT Income
Job location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
Swimming Nature
featured job

Swimming Instructors

Swimming Nature
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Various, United Kingdom

Sales Advisor

Legacy Leisure
Salary:
Location: Burghfield Common, United Kingdom

Sales Advisor

Legacy Leisure
Salary:
Location: Thatcham, United Kingdom

Fitness Instructor

Legacy Leisure
Salary:
Location: Newbury, United Kingdom

Sway Dance Co-ordinator

Legacy Leisure
Salary: Competitive
Location: Windsor, United Kingdom

Operations Manager

Premier Education Group
Salary: Up to £30,000 dependent on experience
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rate of pay
Location: Dagenham, United Kingdom

Leisure Assistant

Active Lifestyle Centres
Salary: Competitive
Location: Yate, Bristol, United Kingdom

Swimming Teacher

Active Lifestyle Centres
Salary: up to £24,423.16 pro rata
Location: Longwell Green, Bristol, United Kingdom

Swimming Teacher

Active Lifestyle Centres
Salary: up to £24,423.16 pro rata
Location: Kingswood, Bristol, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Swimming Instructors

Swimming Nature
Salary: £16 - £20 per hour
Location: London, United Kingdom

Dual Use Supervisor

Active Lifestyle Centres
Salary: up to £16,474.81 pro rata
Location: Downend, Bristol, United Kingdom

Head of Commercial

Active Tameside
Salary: Circa 34K negotiable
Location: Hattersley, Hyde, United Kingdom

Swimming Instructor

Parkwood Leisure
Salary: £9.00-£11.00 per hour
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Trainee Duty Manager

Lex Leisure
Salary: £15,600 - £16,640
Location: Solihull, United Kingdom

Sports Centre and Swimming Pool Assistants

The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Salary: £21,447 pa
Location: Borehamwood, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coaches

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stowmarket, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Leisure Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Thame, United Kingdom

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,133 per annum (39 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Thame, United Kingdom

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,690 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Thame, United Kingdom

Managing Director

Liberty Leisure Limited
Salary: £48,987 - £53,886
Location: Broxtowe, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Beaumont Park Sports Attendant

De Montfort University
Salary: £16,341 - £18,777 pa
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom

Sports Development Officer

Coram’s Fields
Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,133 per annum
Location: Gonville Place, Cambridge, United Kingdom
training with sports management

Casual Swimming Instructor x 2

Lex Leisure
Salary: up to £15.50 per hour
Location: Solihull, United Kingdom

General Manager

Halo Leisure
Salary: Up to £28k
Location: Swindon, United Kingdom

Duty Manager

Lex Leisure
Salary: £17,000 - £18,000
Location: Erith, United Kingdom

Apprentice Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Epsom, United Kingdom

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Redhill, United Kingdom

Multi-Skilled Sport and Recreation Apprentice

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Swim Teachers

Finesse Leisure Partnership
Salary: Up to £15 per hour plus up to 6% bonus per year
Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom
apprenticeships jobs  lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  recreation assistant jobs  Swimming Instructor jobs  duty manager jobs  general manager jobs  personal trainer jobs  Skills Developer jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Active IQ
Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and strive to provide high quality resources for our qualifications enabling Training Providers to give a positive learning experience.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Matrix Fitness
Matrix strives to offer equipment that will captivate your members, is easy to maintain, and delivers the best return on investment.
Intuitive operations on our complete range of cardio equipment combine technology and entertainment to provide an engaging and challenging workout.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Endless training options with Cybex PWR PLAY
PWR PLAY is the new strength and functional training solution from premium fitness equipment manufacturer Cybex.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location:
Company: Taunton Deane Borough Council
Location:
Company: Gravesham Borough Council
Location:
Company: GVA
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

20-21 Nov 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, Stansted, United Kingdom
22 Nov 2017
Bucks New University, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
27-29 Nov 2017
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain
More diary dates