SAPCA Technical Meeting

This year's event is being held online.
08/12/2020 - 10/12/2020

SAPCA’s annual Technical Meeting always provides an extensive programme of important topics and expert speakers, and is one of the most highly valued and well attended events of the Association’s year. With the current restrictions that are in place, this year the Technical Meeting will be presented online as a series of 12 webinars and open forums over three days.

Register your place, and those of your colleagues, here.

The event is open to everyone in the sports and play construction industry to attend, whether SAPCA members or not. The registration fee is £250 + VAT per company, which provides access to all of the sessions for up to six delegates, but registration is free-of-charge to all SAPCA member companies as a benefit of membership. Delegates will also be able to access recordings of all the sessions afterwards.

Please note that the cost of registration for any non-member company attending will be refunded against their membership fee for 2021 should they then successfully apply to join the Association.

The Programme

The programme is below, but between now at the event we will share more information about the individual sessions and the speakers.

Session TimeTopicSpeakersOrganisation
Tue 8 Dec
9.30 amKeynote: Recycling in the Sports Industry - Now and in the FutureEric O’DonnellSports Labs
11.30 amDelivering Recycling - Case Studies
A. Re-purposing Synthetic TurfJohn GrindrodTigerTurf UK
B. A Football Foundation Initiative Dr Kathryn SevernFootball Foundation
C. Recycling in ScotlandLuke McGeechanSPORTEX
D. Going Dutch!Dr Colin YoungTenCate Grass
1.30 pmNew SAPCA Code of Practice for Padel Tennis CourtsMark FisherLTA
Colin CorlineSAPCA
3.30 pmKeynote: University Research Developments in Sports Turf (Part 1)Prof David JamesLabosport
Tom WillsSheffield Hallam
Katie MillsSheffield Hallam
Dr David ColeLoughborough
Harry McGowanLoughborough
Wed 9 Dec
9.30 amKeynote: University Research Developments in Sports Turf (Part 2)Prof David JamesLabosport
Manuela PaulinaSheffield Hallam
Max MacFarlaneCardiff
Francesca d’AndreaSheffield Hallam
11.30 amInnovations in Alternative Infills and Non-filled TurfPaul FraserFieldTurf
Dr Colin YoungTenCate Grass
Tom BeckSport Group
1.30 pmDevelopments in Athletics Facilities 2020Ed HuntEngland Athletics
3.30 pmInfills, Microplastics and Mitigation - An UpdateAlastair CoxAlastair Cox Associates
Thu 10 Dec
9.30 amKeynote: Rugby - New Surfaces GuidanceMarc DouglasWorld Rugby
Keynote: Football - Developing the FIFA Quality ProgrammeMickael BenettiFIFA
11.30 amSustainability in Sport - Building Back BetterDr Russell SeymourBASIS
1.30 pmHockey Facilities - The Work of the FIHAlastair CoxFIH
3.30 pmSustainable Drainage Systems - Designing for Sports FacilitiesPhil KeeleyLabosport
Neil BelshamSouth Wales Sports Grounds

Companies can register as many delegates as they like, collectively or individually, and make changes to their registrations up to Friday 4 December. Before the event we will send a Delegate Pack to all registered delegates with details of how to join each session. Delegates will also be able to access recordings of all the sessions afterwards.

Register your place, and those of your colleagues, here.

Official Supporters

tiger up!
tiger up! is a revolutionary range of products, from TigerTurf UK Ltd, that are made from 100% recycled materials. Upcycled using materials that would otherwise end up in landfill, the tiger up! range provides environmentally friendly solutions for a range of industries.

Website: tigerup

Premier Line Markings
Line marking specialists for athletic tracks, artificial pitches, sports courts, MUGAs and playgrounds, as well as the installation of logos on playing surfaces.

Clover HR
SAPCA’s partner for the provision of expert advice and guidance on all HR matters, including the free HR Helpline for all SAPCA members.