The workshop program is designed to benefit those responsible for the planning and delivery of infrastructure upgrades, refurbishment, and new facilities at schools and clubs.
Schools: Business Managers | Estates Managers | Bursars | Heads of Sport
Sports Clubs: Chairperson | Committee members with responsibility for new facilities or upgrading/replacing existing facilities
The free workshop will cover everything you need to know about designing and delivering new sporting facilities in just one day, while incorporating the very latest developments in sports surfaces, environmental mitigation, and cutting-edge technologies to improve coaching and surface performance.
Delivered by subject matter experts with a focus on recent, real-world examples, delegates will gain insight into:
Over a complimentary working lunch, delegates will have a choice of breakout sessions to attend with the morning’s speakers, with an ‘Any Question Answered’ approach.
This will be followed by (optional) networking and individual one on one sessions, to ensure each delegate has the opportunity to tailor the afternoon to their needs.
8.30am Registration, coffee and pastries
Register and meet other attendees before the workshop begins
9.15am Welcome and introduction
Understanding the difference (if any) and knowing what is required will ensure that you have a clear specification to work with, ensuring more accurate and relevant costing while reducing the time spent exploring irrelevant options.
9.40am Case study – Financing a project
Discover the Finance Lease and Operational Lease options available to cover the cost of resurfacing, or building new, artificial sports pitches. Learn how these options have enabled schools to provide superb new pitches for their pupils.
9.55am Project development
S&C Slatter’s pre-construction project manager Nick Seymour will walk you through the pre-construction planning process, highlighting potential pitfalls and sharing advice on mitigating risk to ensure your projects run smoothly.
10.20am Artificial turf myths debunked
Tarkett Sports and Jason Douglass of The Slatter Group will get down to basics addressing common concerns relating to artificial sports surfaces. Focusing on player safety and pitch performance, our experts will cover how to ensure your pitch meets the detailed specifications set by international sporting bodies like the RFU, FIFA, FIH and more.
10.40am Hybrid and natural turf pitches
With Natural Turf pitches still a mainstay across various sports, White Horse Contractors’ technical director Dr James Welsh will highlight the key considerations when building or renovating a natural turf pitch. James will then outline the benefits of hybrid turf pitches and demonstrate some user case scenarios.
11.00 – 11.20am Coffee break
11.20am Case study – Coventry Rugby Club (TBC)
Nick Johnston of Coventry Rugby club will discuss his experience of building the first 3G artificial turf pitch in England Rugby’s Championship. If you’re looking to embark on an ambitious project then this is the session for you. Hear first hand from Nick on what to expect – and benefit from his project hindsight!
11.40am Generating revenue from your new facility
Schools Plus’ Client Director, Kevin Coyle, will discuss the letting opportunities for your sporting facilities. By providing access to the local community you can generate a stable revenue stream to offset the investment costs of your new facility.
12.10pm Utilising new technology to increase Return on Investment
Alex Talton of Intelligent Play will explain how schools, clubs and teams are using digital technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve pitch maintenance, maximise efficiency and increase the lifespan of their facilities.
12.40 Employing video analysis to support player performance
Automated video production is bringing affordable coaching and analysis tools to schools and clubs. Charlie Prichard of Pixallot will demonstrate how these tools empower coaches and players to identify areas for improvement and maximise your team’s success.
13.00 Environmental considerations
Environmental charity Fidra have a mission to reduce plastic pollution from artificial sports pitches. Following detailed research, they recognise the importance of artificial sports surfaces to community health and well-being.
Dr Maddy Berg will discuss the guidelines they have developed to reduce the impact of artificial sports pitches on the environment and enable you to create your own micro-plastics action plan to minimise the impact of your project on the environment.
13.30 Working lunch
Over a complimentary buffet lunch delegates can join ‘AQA’ Breakout sessions with our experts who will answer any questions you may have.
N.B. Delegates must choose breakout sessions in advance.
2.30pm Closing comments
2.40pm Networking and 1-2-1 meetings (optional)
Before the event, and throughout the day, delegates will be able to book 1-2-1 meetings with any of the presenters. If you have specific questions regarding live or planned projects, this is your time to get answers!