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All the information to get your sports and play construction project off on the right foot.

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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?

If you are starting out on a sports or play construction project, it is inevitable you will have a lot of unanswered questions. This can be a daunting prospect, but SAPCA is here to help you.

Before anything else, you must decide on the right project. Inevitably it will be determined by the intended use of the planned facility, like recreational play, matches and competitions, or coaching and training, as well as the various standards of play that need to be accommodated. Ideally, it should form part of a longer-term development plan to ensure that the facility develops in line with the needs of the users.

It is important to get realistic costs at the outset, as well understanding project feasibility, which includes assessing any support offered by the relevant sports governing and/or funding bodies. It also includes whether there will be sufficient demand from users. Often it can be helpful to undertake a survey to assess the needs and preferences of players.

Other considerations should include planning permission and any legal restrictions or permissions required in order to develop the site.

How can SAPCA help?

From feasibility studies and funding sources, project procurement and management to specific technical guidance, you do not have to tackle your project alone. Browse our members, all verified to strict membership criteria, to find the right partner, right at the start of your project journey.

Your next steps

  • Visit our members page to search for your project partners
  • Read a few case studies for project inspiration
  • Continue your project journey by visiting our funding page

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