Job search
Job Search

SAPCA update: Surfacing essentials

SAPCA CEO Chris Trickey looks at what goes into a resurfacing project and how to ensure you get the best value for money

by Chris Trickey, SAPCA | Published in Sports Management Jul Aug 2017 issue 132
For a small club, resurfacing the courts represents a major investment
For a small club, resurfacing the courts represents a major investment

Having worked in sports facility development for 30 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping clubs with their projects. It’s always very rewarding to see schemes come to fruition, though it’s mostly from an arm’s length involvement.

Earlier this year the netball club where my daughter plays embarked on a project to resurface its two macadam courts. Lending a hand to the club committee offered me a great opportunity to observe the project from start to finish – and this time from a client’s point of view. It reminded me of some of the most important ingredients required to make a project successful.

In the overall scheme of things, the resurfacing of two existing macadam courts, with a budget of under £30,000, may not seem like a very big project. For a small club, however, it represents a major investment. It’s important that the money is spent carefully to produce a facility that will last the next decade.

Whether large or small, every project needs to follow a number of key steps. Choosing the right surface is critical to ensure the desired playing characteristics for the needs of the club.

Then there’s agreeing the right specification. There are always important choices to be made, and it’s vital to ensure, through good communication with the contractor, that it’s fully understood what will (and will not) be included. In resurfacing a block of macadam courts, there are options to consider, such as how to upgrade the edgings and haunchings, the choice of fencing and gates, as well as the type of goalposts and post protectors. Each decision has a cost implication, but it’s important to decide, with the budget available, what represents best value for money.

When selecting a contractor, there are no prizes for guessing that I would recommend a SAPCA member! Seeing the work taking place at my daughter’s club – especially the great skill and experience needed in laying the macadam – underlined to me the very specialist nature of sports surface construction. Taking the time to inspect similar work by any contractor under consideration is always time well spent.

When the project is finished and the players take to the court, their assessment of the work will be based not only on the performance of the surface, but also on the look and feel of the upgraded facility. Clubs are always in competition for members and other users, and people will always be attracted to the best facilities in their area.

Getting a project right doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s important to take the necessary time and care, with appropriate technical guidance, and an attention to detail, to make the right choices.

Chris Trickey is the CEO of SAPCA, the trade association representing businesses committed to raising the quality standards of all sports, physical activity, recreation and play facilities in the UK. www.sapca.org.uk

SAPCA appoints Andy Reed as first independent chair

Andy Reed
Andy Reed

SAPCA has appointed sports policy expert and former Labour MP Andy Reed as its new chair.

Reed takes over the role from outgoing chair Eric Page, who has held the position for the past six years.

First elected to parliament in 1997, Reed spent 13 years as an MP. During his political career, he was involved in some of the most high-profile sports projects in the history of British sport – including the rebuilding of Wembley Stadium and the bid to secure the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Reed, who will become SAPCA’s first independent chair, said his primary objective will be to strengthen the role SAPCA plays in the government’s plans to get people more physically active.

“Building on the fantastic work Eric has done over the past six years, I want to widen the understanding – among the government and policy makers – of the role SAPCA can play in building an active nation,” Reed said.

“I want to ensure SAPCA remains part of the strategy and that the government understands that the association and its members have a valuable contribution to make.”

“I also want to drive the quality of the membership offer, so that people feel it’s an organisation worth valuing.

Reed’s appointment coincides with SAPCA’s 20th anniversary. According to Chris Trickey, SAPCA chief executive, the timing – while coincidental – is very appropriate as the association is “refocusing and reinvigorating” its activities and operations.

"I want to widen the understanding of the role SAPCA can play in building an active nation" - Andy Reed

SAPCA to publish new athletics code of practice

SAPCA will launch a new, updated code of practice for the design and build of athletics tracks this year.

Produced in partnership with national governing body UK Athletics (UKA), the SAPCA Code of Practice for the Construction and Refurbishment of Athletics Track and Field Facilities will provide guidance to anyone looking to construct new – or refurbish existing – athletics tracks.

Primarily aimed at architects, engineers, local authorities and clubs, the code will outline the current requirements, specifications and UKA standards laid out for athletics facilities in the UK.

There is also advice on the maintenance of tracks, to help operators prolong the life of the facilities once they’re completed.

SAPCA chief executive Chris Trickey said: “The code of practice is designed to help create well-designed, sustainable community athletics tracks.

“The updated code offers guidance on everything from surfaces to accessibility, and also acts as a checklist to ensure UK Athletics requirements are being met, both during the construction process and when the facility opens.”

The new code outlines current requirements and standards / © shutterstock/ Pete Niesen
The new code outlines current requirements and standards / © shutterstock/ Pete Niesen
Sign up for FREE ezines
Sports jobs

Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager

University of Leeds
Salary: £37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Location: Leeds, UK

Exercise Referral Instructor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Epping Forest Keeper (countryside Ranger)

City of London Corporation
Salary: £35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Location: Loughton, UK

Aquatics Officer - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary: from £29,269pa
Location: Northwich, UK

Fitness Manager

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Bristol

Climbing Activities and Wellbeing Coordinator

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Winchester

Strategic Manager Leisure Partnerships and Health

Swansea Council
Salary: £53,653 – £58,089pa
Location: Swansea, UK

Centre Manager - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary:  £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Ellesmere Port, UK

Centre Manager - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary: £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Chester, UK
recruiting with sports management

Activity & Wellbeing Leader

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Chief Executive Officer

Redbridge Sports & Leisure
Salary: on request
Location: Barkingside, Ilford, UK

Swimming Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rates of pay
Location: Rickmansworth, UK

Swimming Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rates of pay
Location: Watford, UK
Swimming Teacher jobs  duty manager jobs  Team Leader jobs  Swim Manager jobs  general manager jobs  recreation assistant jobs 
More jobs

Company profile

Company profile: PSLT Ltd
PSLT Fitness Solutions manufacture, remanufacture and buy back commercial gym equipment. We supply and maintain gym equipment such as Precor, Technogym, Life Fitness and Matrix to a large number of leisure centres, fire services and local authorities.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Elevate announces new aquatics and active kids theatres for 2024 event
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Swimming Teachers Association (STA), and Swim England have teamed up to sponsor an aquatic theatre at Elevate 2024.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: Cleveland Lakes, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Company: Cotswold Lakes Trust
Location: Loughton, IG10
Company: Knight Frank
Location: Grantham, Leicestershire
Company: Belvoir Castle
Location: Hall Place House, Bexley, DA5 1PQ
Company: London Borough of Bexley
Location: 15 Concessions across the nation's forests
Company: Forestry England
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

03-05 Sep 2024
IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
08-10 Sep 2024
Wyndham® Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™ Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
19-19 Sep 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside - Bangkok, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
20-22 Sep 2024
Locations worldwide,
More diary dates