On 16 March 2022 SAPCA announced the winners of the SAPCA Awards for 2022 in a webinar session showcasing the excellent work of our members over the last year. We rewarded success in the following five categories:
- Export success
During the assessment of the entries from across the SAPCA membership, our panel of judges looked for innovation, creative and sustainable solutions, best practice and examples of where companies have gone above and beyond to stand out from their competition. As in previous years, the overall quality of entries was very high.
This year’s panel of judges comprised the following:
- Tony Atherton, (Technical Team Lead, Sport England)
- Colin Corline (Project Manager, SAPCA)
- Professor Paul Fleming (Associate Dean, Professor of Sports Surface and Ground Engineering, Loughborough University)
- Charlotte Malyon (Facilities Development Manager, England Netball)
- Dr. Kathryn Severn (Framework and Procurement Manager, Football Foundation & chair of the SAPCA Environmental Sustainability Working Group)
- Chris Whittaker, (Chair, BASIS)
The SAPCA Awards have a special significance this year, as 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the association. The SAPCA Awards themselves are in their seventh year and have continued to grow since the first edition in 2016.
Details of previous years’ winners can be seen here.
SAPCA Awards 2022 Finalists and Winners
Courtstall Services Ltd
The installation of three Padel courts at East Glos Club in Cheltenham. A project that enhanced the profile of the club and led to a 25% increase in membership through access to a growing sport, and increased sports activity during the pandemic.
FieldTurf WINNER – Product Category
FieldTurf takes their SUSTAIN THE GAME strategy to the next level, seeing an opportunity to embrace technology and find a solution to closing the loop on the synthetic turf production cycle. SuReTec is a synthetic turf yarn formed using materials from 100% recycled plastic waste.
Gerflor Flooring UK Limited
Refurbishment of an existing indoor tennis hall at Les Ormes Sports Centre – Jersey’s premier self-catering holiday and sports centre – by transforming it into four new netball courts. Recognising the need for greater environmental sustainable world Gerflor re-purposed existing flooring that had been used for the 2016 Island Games, which were held in Jersey.
Harrod Sport WINNER – Export Category
In challenging times during the pandemic, export was one area of business which saw a significant increase at Harrod Sport despite ongoing pressures of container costs, delays at port and raw material shortages across the world. Harrod Sport achieved continued export growth throughout 2021, supplying state-of-the art equipment for international sporting events, including Euro 2020, the Tokyo Olympic Games, the World Club Cup and this year’s Football World Cup in Qatar.
Labosport unveiled its new Red Robin device for the assessment of natural turf sports pitches. The device utilises drone technology to create an autonomous solution that collects data at pre-determined locations across a sports pitch.
Replay Maintenance Ltd
Replay Maintenance has expanded its maintenance business into the rapidly growing US market. In recent months Replay Maintenance USA has established a firm base in north-west USA and achieved excellent export success for 2021.
S&C Slatter Ltd WINNER – Project Category
At Winnersh Triangle Business Park, S&C Slatter developed a multi-faceted sport and recreation project providing a blueprint for the office of the future, including spaces for health and wellbeing in a workplace arena. The project comprised a Gen 2 multi-use pitch and wellbeing studio along with considerable landscaping and challenging groundworks.
SPORTEX WINNER – Sustainability Category
During the construction of a new 3G pitch for Gretna FC, SPORTEX used a re-purposed Trocellen shockpad originally taken from an existing site and stored for re-use. Working alongside Sports Labs, the shockpad was tested to ensure that its performance had been retained. Combined with a new Greenfields synthetic turf surface, the pitch met the FIFA Quality Pro performance requirements.
TigerTurf UK Ltd and Fosse Contracts Ltd WINNER – Innovation Category
TigerTurf and Fosse Contracts collaborated on a project in Leicester to deliver a new five-a-side pitch, the first of its kind in the UK, as part of the Walkers RePlay Initiative. Surfaced with a Greenfields synthetic turf surface and using an Ecocept shockpad made from 3 million recycled crisp packets.
Verde Recreo, working alongside Musco Lighting, introduced ActiVate, a MUGA concept seeking to provide spaces for sport and physical activity to help build stronger communities and bring people together. ActiVate can transform existing spaces into a sport and recreation area within a week, providing an area that is easy to manage and use.
To see previous finalists and winners, please click [here]