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Value added extras you should consider for your sports facility

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If your sports club is looking to upgrade their home base, several factors need to be considered. One of these – and perhaps the most important – is budget. A rarely considered, but potentially viable option is to look at turning your space into a multi-use sporting facility. This can encourage more locals to visit your facility and join your club, as well as offering greater options for spectators. These benefits can increase community engagement and your facility’s revenue.

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Design Trends Shaping Sports Facility Design

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Aussies love their sports, which is why we have so many stadiums and sports complexes dotted around our towns and cities. Recent trends, however, are starting to make significant impacts to the design of these sports facilities.

One such trend is an increased demand for community sports complexes, as people become more health conscious. Another is the need for complexes that combine both sports and entertainment, as well as ensuring accommodations are in place suitable for gender-neutral players. Let’s take a look at some of these growing trends and how they may soon influence the way your sports complexes are designed.

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10 Things to Consider When Building a New Sports Complex

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Building a sports complex is a worthwhile endeavour whether it’s for the local community, regional university, school, or professional sports club. If you are contemplating the construction of a new facility, here are ten things you need to consider before investing time and money into the process and ensure that your project runs smoothly.

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Why do hockey pitches get watered?

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Have you ever wondered why a hockey field is always wet during a game? Well, it’s because the addition of water to the artificial turf actually improves the performance of the athletes by reducing friction and increasing the speed of the game. The addition of the water also helps to reduce the wear and tear on these surfaces, increasing the longevity of the pitch.

How often you should water the pitch all comes down to the type of surface that’s used to construct the hockey field, so let’s take a look at that right now.

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Advances in technology helping athlete performance

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Technology has advanced so much recently that we feel the impacts of it in many aspects of our lives. From smart homes to self-driving cars, solar power, mobile phones and even how we interact with each other; technology impacts our lives in ways we would never have thought possible.

So, it comes as no surprise to learn that technology can be used to enhance the performance of athletes. Position tracking, data analytics, sleep monitoring, health and nutrition – these are four ways that technology is making positive impacts on the lives of athletes.

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Artificial turf can prevent injuries

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Preventing injuries is a top priority for sports coaches, so when the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada was held on artificial turf for the first time, everyone held their breath. Would this new surface help to prevent injuries or would it be a disaster waiting to happen?

Australian Sports and Leisure Management reported that the 2015 FIFA World Cup had the lowest number of injuries per match, compared to the previous decade.

Gunyama Park Aquatic & Recreation Centre Multipurpose Synthetic Field

Polytan is proud to be providing the design and construction of a new multipurpose synthetic field as part of the new $90 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre project.

Taking inspiration taken from iconic ocean swimming locations in Sydney, this state-of-the-art sporting hub will also include swimming pools, picnic areas, a playground, a covered outdoor yoga deck, and a fitness training circuit.

Following a COVID safe plan and social distancing onsite, Polytan kicked off the installation of the new synthetic field this week. Polytan will be installing the popular premium quality, Australian Made Ligaturf HB260 artificial turf in combination with a 23mm ProPlay shock pad. The Ligaturf range is manufactured by fellow Sport Group company, APT Asia Pacific, at their ISO:9001 Approved factory in Melbourne, VIC. This will be the first synthetic field for the progressive City of Sydney.

Find out what the amazing new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will look like by taking part in the virtual tour below!

Polytan is proud to be providing the design and construction of a new multipurpose synthetic field as part of the new $90 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre project.

Taking inspiration taken from iconic ocean swimming locations in Sydney, this state-of-the-art sporting hub will also include swimming pools, picnic areas, a playground, a covered outdoor yoga deck, and a fitness training circuit.

Following a COVID safe plan and social distancing onsite, Polytan kicked off the installation of the new synthetic field this week. Polytan will be installing the popular premium quality, Australian Made Ligaturf HB260 artificial turf in combination with a 23mm ProPlay shock pad. The Ligaturf range is manufactured by fellow Sport Group company, APT Asia Pacific, at their ISO:9001 Approved factory in Melbourne, VIC. This will be the first synthetic field for the progressive City of Sydney.

Find out what the amazing new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will look like by taking part in the virtual tour below!

Virtual Tour of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre:

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Are all running tracks the same size?

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World Athletics ( formerly the International Amateur Athletic Federation) has established global standards for sporting events since 1913 and the running track distance is one of their mandates. So, all running tracks are built in compliance with World Athletics guidelines. However, since the running tracks are oval in shape, are all the tracks of equal length?

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HOPE FOR HOCKEY IN VICTORIA

Victoria is currently living under Stage 3 or 4 restrictions (depending on where you are located) due to the COVID-19 virus. It can be challenging and frustrating for the Victorian hockey community to watch the other states start to return to the hockey pitches, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Once restrictions start to ease, hopefully, in the coming months, Victorian hockey clubs and players will too get to pick up their sticks and hit the fields.

GETTING HOCKEY PITCHES READY FOR ACTION

Hockey may be on hold in Victoria, but Polytan has been working harder than ever to get new hockey projects completed in time for when restrictions are lifted. We have also worked with several organisations who have used this downtime to upgrade their hockey surfaces ahead of the return to play. It’s all about being ready to go when the time comes so schools and the hockey community can return to new synthetic pitches that look fresh, are safe to play on, and have excellent ball roll performance.

SO, WHAT HAS POLYTAN BEEN WORKING ON?

We have been fortunate enough to complete several amazing hockey projects in Victoria, with few interruptions.

Elwood Secondary College, VIC

Polytan designed and constructed a synthetic hockey pitch at Elwood Secondary College. Our popular Australian Made Poligras H2OZ COOLplus hockey turf was installed for not only students to use but also players from the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club.

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS), VIC

Polytan reconstructed two synthetic hockey pitches at PEGS Sports Field Complex in Keilor East, VIC. Again, they chose our Australian Made Poligras H2OZ COOLplus hockey surface due to its ‘dry play’ performance capabilities for facilities where irrigation is unavailable, restricted or not installed. This system is perfect for clubs that don’t want to waste too much water on their pitch but want fantastic playing characteristics.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

We can’t wait for students and the hockey community to start using these hockey facilities again and we are sure they will love our newly installed Poligras synthetic hockey pitches.

But there is still more to come! Soon we will start working on our next Victorian hockey projects including pitch upgrades for Latrobe Hockey at KP Hardiman Reserve, Footscray Hockey at McIvor Reserve, and resurfacing Pitch 2 at the State Netball Hockey Centre.

So, there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel for hockey in Victoria and this is proven by how quickly other states in Australia have returned to playing hockey. Keep practising your skills at home, so you’re ready to hit the pitch when Victoria’s restrictions are lifted!

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Massey University, Palmerston North Polytan installed Poligras and SmarTracks

Polytan Installs First SmarTracks System for Hockey

At the beginning of June Polytan installed hockey’s first-ever SmarTracks System as part of the exciting new hockey facility at Massey University in Palmerston North.

The new hockey pitch, built on an old overflow car park, incorporated Polytan’s innovative in-ground SmarTracks System which can test and record fitness levels and precise performance diagnostics down to the millisecond. The system consists of SmarTracks timing gates that are invisibly integrated into the pitch, a wearable sensor weighing just 12g, and the SmarTracks diagnostics software.

The stand-out pitch was constructed using the same surface developed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Poligras® Tokyo GT – the most environmentally-friendly synthetic turf made of 60% regrowable raw materials, specifically sugar cane. The new pitch also features water harvesting and LED lights with hinging towers and Intelligent Play Pitch monitoring.

The Manawatu community is thrilled to be back playing hockey at this new Massey University facility now that restrictions have been lifted.

“It will assist with fostering excellence through providing a world-class facility for hockey players of all ages to hone their skills, and for student and staff engagement as the turf will be accessible for Massey’s community to use as a further source of recreation,” Vice-chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas.

For more information on Polytan’s SmarTracks System or world-class sustainable turf please contact:

Polytan NZ General Manager, Cody Linton
T: +64 4 802 3960
M: +64 21 831 061
E: cody.linton@polytan.co.nz
W: www.polytan.co.nz

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