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Raising the standards for sports facility projects

We are the recognised trade association for the sports and play construction industry in the UK. All of our members go through a strict checking process:

  • Strict Admission Criteria
  • Standards of Construction
  • Code of Professional Conduct
  • Technical Mediation
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What do you need to know?

There is more to designing a sports and play facility than you might first think. Establish what technical support is available within your organisation, and whether you need to enlist a specialist consultant from SAPCA’s approved Professional Services Group. This will put you in the best possible position to ensure a successful project.

Whether in-house or external, your consultant must consider and understand the different procurement routes and contracts options, the value of having a site investigation and the importance of getting the specification right. A crucial part of this is understanding the merits and costs of different options, so that an informed choice can be made.

It is also important at this stage to select the right contractor for your project from SAPCA’s verified membership, as well as identifying what relevant standards exist. Design of a sports or play facility extends to the playing surface, equipment and any individual products required. Make sure you play test any surfaces or equipment being considered.

How can SAPCA help?

This is a critically important stage in your project journey and it is vital that you make use of all available resources.

Browse our , for example, which can provide valuable insight into similar projects, and read our , including SAPCA’s which cover a range of sports and play facilities and surfaces.

SAPCA also provides a list of , including our Professional Services Group, all verified to strict membership criteria, so you can choose your project partner in confidence.

Your next steps

  • Browse our verified members to find a consultant
  • Read case studies of similar projects
  • Learn more about key issues and challenges in our guides, including SAPCA’s Codes of Practice
  • Discover what you need to know about building your sports or play facility

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