Sports Facilities 2020: An exciting new workshop for schools and sports clubs

10th Feb 2020

Please note that Sports Facilities 2020, scheduled to take place at Twickenham Stadium on 12th March, will be postponed due to the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe.

We believe this to be the most responsible course of action at this time and will reschedule Sports Facilities 2020 in due course, when the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation becomes clearer.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

S&C Slatter are proud to announce this innovative new workshop offering fresh insight, and practical advice, from a range of sports industry experts. Attendees will be inspired, and empowered, to deliver outstanding new sports facilities for their schools and clubs.

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Planning a new sporting facility, whether a single pitch refurbishment or multi-sport hub, is no easy feat. With challenges ranging from funding and technical specifications to player performance and environmental impact, it’s hard to to understand exactly how to develop your new facility.

To help schools and sports clubs navigate these processes, S&C Slatter are proud to be hosting the complimentary Sports Facilities 2020 Workshop at the iconic Twickenham Stadium on March 12th, 2020.

There is no cost to attend but with just 80 places available early registration is advised.

Who should attend?

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

Content and speakers

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:

  • Facilities master planning and creating an investment case – James Gregory, LK2 Sport & Leisure
  • Funding: Operating lease and finance lease options for sports facilities – Andrew Moss, Unilink
  • Reducing risk through pre-construction planning – Nick Seymour, S&C Slatter
  • Player safety and surface performance standards – Tarkett Sports
  • Hybrid and natural turf sports pitches – Dr James Welsh, White Horse Contractors
  • Building RFU Championship’s first artificial pitch – Nick Johnston, Coventry Rugby Club
  • Case Study: Offsetting investment costs against revenue – Kevin Coyle, Schools Plus
  • Smart sports fields: Utilising Artificial Intelligence to play longer, safer, and greener – Alex Talton, Intelligent Play
  • Utilising automated video production to improve player performance and increase engagement with families – Charlie Prichard, Pixellot
  • Mitigating the risk of microplastic pollution from artificial sports surfaces – Dr Maddy Berg, FIDRA

No questions left unanswered

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.

Agenda in full

8.30am Registration, coffee and pastries
Register and meet other attendees before the workshop begins

9.15am Welcome and introduction

9.20am Planning a new facility
James Gregory of LK2 Sport & Leisure will focus on how to understand exactly what your school / club wants – and what it really needs.  

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!

3.30pm Close