SAPCA Conference and Exhibition

Hampden Park, Glasgow
12/10/2022 - 12/10/2022

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The Sports and Play Construction Association and sportscotland are pleased to present the SAPCA Conference and Exhibition at Scotland’s National Stadium.

This is a special one-day event that comprises a series of informative and educational seminars accompanied by an exhibition featuring the leading constructors of sports facilities, suppliers of related products and services, as well as professional consultants offering expert advice on sports facility projects.

Educational programme

  • Scottish Government funding commitments for sport
  • Scottish FA Strategy
  • Sustainable sports facilities in Scotland
  • Artificial turf – selecting the right product for your project
  • 10 Steps to a successful project
  • Artificial pitches – mitigating the movement of microplastics
  • Organic infill – is it the way forward for the sports surfacing sector
  • Recycling artificial turf – what are the options in Scotland
  • Case Study – Community Asset Transfers
  • Women in sport and inclusivity
  • Planning applications – the sports specific pitfalls
  • Glasgow Life Pitch Refresh Programme
  • Tennis Facilities in Scotland – impact on the development of the game

The full programme may be found at the foot of this page and is downloadable here.

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

The Exhibition

Leading suppliers of products and services and other key industry providers will be exhibiting at the event.

They include:

  • Sports facility constructors
  • Industry consultants
  • Product and equipment suppliers
  • Specialist contractors
  • Sports governing bodies

Who should attend?

Those concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of sports surfaces and associated works including: architects, specifiers, local government officers and members, schools, universities, sports and leisure clubs, community projects, playing field managers and design consultants.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for registered delegates.

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The full programme follows:

08.30 - 09.30Delegate registration and exhibition opens. Opportunity to network and meet exhibitors one-to-one.
09.30 - 10.10Welcome and Introduction - Scottish Government funding commitments for sport and Scottish FA Facilities Strategy

Speakers: Scottish Minister for Sport, Maree Todd, MSP Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sports; Cameron Watt, Facilities Manager, Scottish FA

Introduced by: Richard Shaw
10.10 - 10.50Sustainable sports facilities in Scotland

Speakers: Graham Finnie, sportscotland

Introduced by: Colin Corline



10.50 - 11.3010 steps to a successful project, know the pitfalls

Speaker: David Dickinson, Sports Labs

Introduced by: Colin Corline
Artificial turf - selecting the right product for your project

Panel Discussion with David Hook, TigerTurf; Sean Ramsay, Sports Labs; Malcolm Clapperton, Mac Consulting

Introduced by: TBC
11.30 - 11.50

Coffee Break / Networking

11.55 - 12.45Artificial pitches and mitigating the movement of microplastics / Organic infill is it way forward for the sports surfacing sector

Speaker: Niall MacPhee, Sports Labs

Introduced by: Colin Corline
Case study – Community Asset Transfers
Stepford Road, above and beyond

Speaker: Jimmy Wilson, FARE Scotland

Introduced by: David Dickinson
12.45 - 13.30

Lunch and Exhibition / Networking

13.35 - 14.15Planning applications - what are the pitfalls for sports pitches, courts, athletics tracks and MUGAs

Speaker: Phil Keeley, Labosport

Introduced by: TBC
The creation and delivery of a tennis facility strategy, and how it interlinks with participation development to grow the game to new audiences

Speaker: Blane Dodds and Kirsty Humphries, Tennis Scotland

Introduced by: TBC
14.20 - 15.00Women in sport and inclusivity

Speakers: A panel of leading industry professionals

Introduced by: Cameron Watt
15.05 - 15.35Recycling artificial turf: a new opportunity in Scotland?

Speaker: Luke McGeechan, Sportex Group

Introduced by: Eric O'Donnell
15.40 - 15.50

Summary and thank you
Speaker: SAPCA CEO, Richard Shaw

Download the programme here.