The winners of the SAPCA Awards 2022 have been revealed, with the five winning entries being chosen by a panel of judges from a short list of 10 finalists.
Now in their seventh year, the awards celebrate the achievements of SAPCA members across the sports and play facility construction industry.
This year’s winners are:
Product Category: FieldTurf – SuReTec synthetic turf yarn
Project Category: S&C Slatter Ltd – “office of the future” sport and wellbeing facility at Winnersh Triangle Business Park
Innovation Category: TigerTurf UK Ltd & Fosse Contracts Ltd – a five-a-side Cruyff court project using Ecocept shockpad made from 3 million recycled crisp packets
Sustainability Category: Sportex – A collaborative 3G pitch design at Gretna FC using a re-purposed Trocellen shockpad
Export Category: Harrod Sport – growing export activities despite pandemic
SAPCA chief executive, Chris Trickey, said: “The breadth and quality of entries we received for the SAPCA Awards 2022 demonstrates how wide the expertise within our membership truly is. It also shows that, despite the ongoing pressures caused by the pandemic, Brexit and the volatility within the wider construction industry, the sports and play sector has remained robust.
“This year’s awards also have an added significance, as 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of SAPCA – the winners and finalists exemplify how the association has grown in the past quarter of a century. It has also been particularly encouraging that the entries for the awards reflect the significant recent progress that has been made within the industry in the development of innovative new products and solutions, especially those that support the drive towards greater environmental sustainability.”
Each year, SAPCA members are invited to submit entries to celebrate their successes, whether a new product or service, a technical innovation, a completed project, a research project or an achievement in sustainability.
FieldTurf’s new SuReTec synthetic turf fibers are created from recycled plastic waste, through a process of advanced recycling. The result of the innovative approach ensures that SuReTec (which stands for Sustainable Recycling Technologies) fibers are engineered with identical quality and performance characteristics compared to fibers made from traditional fossil resources.
Learn more about FieldTurf here.
S&C Slatter Ltd
Working collaboratively with clients, Frasers Property, S&C Slatter delivered a sustainable, multi-faceted sports and recreation project at Winnersh TriangleBusiness Park. The trailblazing project serves as a blueprint for the office of the future,not only promoting – but providing for – health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Learn more about S&C Slatter here.
TigerTurf UK Ltd & Fosse Contracts Ltd
In conjunction with the Cruyff Foundation and snack food brand Walkers, TigerTurf and Fosse Contracts collaborated with a range of key partners to deliver a first of its kind pitch in the UK – made from 3 million 100% recycled crisp packets. The pitch saves up to 190 tonnes of carbon emissions and diverts 100 tonnes of material from landfill compared to traditional methods.
Sportex converted a natural pitch into a new FIFA Quality Pro accredited 3G field at RaydalePark Stadium, the home of Gretna Football Club. To keep the project within a limited budget, Sportex worked collaboratively with partners to re-use an eight-year-old Trocellen shockpad from a previous project in Edinburgh.
Learn more about Sportex here.
Despite ongoing difficulties for international sports events – due to pandemic lockdowns being in place throughout 2021 – Harrod Sport was able to maintain a thriving export business. The countries Harrod worked with during the year included France, Dubai, Spain, Qatar, Japan and Australia. In addition, it was even able to add two entirely new territories it delivered its products to – Saudi Arabia and Chile.
Learn more about Harrod Sport here.