2019 National Sports Surfaces Conference Schedule

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With the challenge of a growing population expecting open space to play, recreate and participate in community sport with limiting ability of local government being able to satisfy this need, the opportunity to explore technology in playing fields and surfaces is becoming more and more important. The industry is a more knowledgeable and mature industry now as we finish this decade compared to the start.

The opportunities for hybrid, synthetic and hard surfaces will be explored together with:

  • The growing centre’s of excellence or academies and how are they being developed to accommodate the highest playing standard while still being durable
  • Sustainability for future sports fields
  • Innovation design and the best way to procure and future proof fields
  • Management to optimise usage and life expectancy

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Day 1: Wednesday 24 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Global Thought Leaders Sessions  

Each conference will join together in the morning to enjoy the inspirational speakers from around the globe that have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications nationally, state and territory wide, and locally.

View Global Thought Leader Sessions here 

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Expo Area

MORNING TEA 

11:15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Plenary Sessions  

All of the conference delegates, irrespective of the conference chosen will have the opportunity to share knowledge with keynote speakers at the Plenary Sessions that have been developed by the industry to address the key strategic opportunities and challenges we all collectively face. The options are based around the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry, with Participation, Facilities, Sports Management, Systems Approach, Diversity and Inclusion/Disability Sport.

View Plenary Sessions here 

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Expo Area

LUNCH 

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 1 

Sporting Centres of Excellence and How They Are Embracing the Latest “Smarts” to Encourage Fans and the Community

  • Global Embracement of Smart Technology for Stadiums – World Hockey have worked with Polytan, STRI, Hockey England and Harlequins Rugby Union Club, in Rugby’s off season to install a portable Hockey field for the FIH Pro League. This is being hailed a game-changer where Hockey can now use any football code stadium globally and be in and out within 6-8 days and makes stadiums multi-sport – Paul Kamphuis, General Manager – Polytan
  • The New Wyndham Football Stadium and Centre of Excellence will be Australia’s first privately funded sporting precinct – Underpinned by a genuine value-capture deal between Wyndham City Council and the Western Melbourne Group, this development will change the way we think about funding and building sporting Infrastructure in Australia. Designed similarly to the US and European models of sporting centres of excellence, the Wyndham development will challenge the thinking of Stadiums in Australia, what they will look like and how they can impact on community provision and growing a fan base – Kate Roffey, Director – Deals, Investment & Major Projects – Wyndham City Council
  • Community Centre of Excellence – Christchurch City Council has developed the masterplan and Stage 1 works for the Nga Puna Wai sports precinct for four key sports, to service the growing local community need, with the capacity to scale up operations to host regional, national and international events.  106 Architects partnered with Council and consultants to create a “Third Place” whereby the new $120m facility now is the home for key anchor sports of Hockey, Athletics, Rugby League and Tennis – Dion Gosling, Principal Architect – 106 Architects

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience on how centres of excellence can work in Australia for multi-sport.

Additional Panellists: All Presenters

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Expo Area

AFTERNOON TEA 

4:00PM - 5:15PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 2

Sustainable Planning for Future Sports Fields and Spaces

Latest trends in the planning, design and trends from key sports globally and what can be learnt for Australia, including carbon neutral, energy efficient, low environmental impact, and Whole of Life considerations including recycling and reuse of infill.

  • Sustainability of natural and hybrid surfaces – Jarrod Hill, Director – SPORTENG
  • Green engineering and sustainability – Fields need to be planned and built with the use of recycled products, recyclable at the end of life and where possible embrace re-used material in the build – Paul Kamphuis, General Manager – Polytan
  • Choosing community recreation and sports surface options to meet intensity, usage and durability requirements – What should the purchaser be looking for? – Ian Tittershill, Vice President – FieldTurf Tarkett

Panel Discussion: Top five sustainability priorities to be designed into each new sports field.

Additional Panellists: Dr Sheila Nguyen, Executive Director – Sports Environment Alliance

5:15PM - 6:30PM

Sport and Recreation Expo

INDUSTRY NETWORKING 

Day 2: Thursday 25 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Global Thought Leaders Sessions  

Each conference will join together in the morning to enjoy the inspirational speakers from around the globe that have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications nationally, state and territory wide, and locally.

View Global Thought Leader Sessions here 

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Expo Area

MORNING TEA 

11:15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Reimagining Sports Surfaces 

Innovation, Design, Management and Procuring a New Synthetic/Hybrid Sports Field – Planning to achieve excellent outcomes 

Continued growth in the embracement of synthetic sports fields, what does a council or sport need to consider in terms of the design, standards and ongoing management of a surface? Industry leading talks for five minutes on innovations and the importance of planning to achieve success, followed by a Q&A Panel Session with industry leaders. 

  • Starting out – Where to start and what to plan, the multiple bottom line considerations before deciding on the best option – Martin Sheppard, Managing Director – Smart Connection Consultancy
  • Civil engineering considerations – Ensure a 20-year pavement to lay the synthetic surface by investing in Geotech reports, site environmental assessments, understanding the importance of a good drainage strategy and a good site survey – Jarrod Hill, Director – SPORTENG
  • Performance standards for the key sports – Football codes (AFL, Soccer, League and Union), hockey and multi-sport – Grant Humphreys, Director – Acousto-Scan
  • The importance of aligning with the needs of sports facilities when designing the fields of play Jas Virdee, Manager – Infrastructure, Planning & Strategy – Football NSW
  • The procurement process needs to be planned to achieve excellent outcomes – The 10 stage process – Martin Sheppard, Managing Director – Smart Connection Consultancy
  • The procurement process from the tenderer’s perspective – Exploring how councils and sport can enhance their procurement process to allow for better outcomes – Fraser Gehrig, Director – Tuff Turf

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Panellists: All presenters.

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Expo Area

LUNCH 

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 1

Innovations for future design considerations

TED type talks for five minutes on innovations and best practice, followed by a Q&A Panel Session with industry leaders.

  • Innovation in modular pavilions – Saving 20-30% of the costs, installed in 20 weeks and with a 30 year warranty, this is a game changer – Shayne Ward, National Venues and Community Facilities Manager – Australian Football League
  • Embracing Artificial Intelligence to monitor and manage facility usage and program maintenance – The UK Learnings that is resulting in the English FA encouraging new synthetic fields to have this technology installed – Alex Talton, Chief Executive Officer – Intelligent Play (UK)
  • Hybrid Technology innovations – Including next generation thinking on hybrid surface – Erik Kinlon, General Manager – HG Sports Turf
  • Innovation for school designs – How schools can maximise play spaces and encourage children to be active – Nick Kerr, National Sales & Marketing Manager – TigerTurf Australia
  • Planning for future participation identifies needs to allow designs to be fit for purpose for the next generation of users – Linda Wright, Recreation Planner – Cumberland Council
  • Lighting fields for the future – LED is the norm, what are the design innovations for fields of play? – Craig Nicholls, Director – Smartlux

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Panellists: All presenters.

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Expo Area

AFTERNOON TEA 

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 2 

Design and management to maximise usage and life expectancy

To appreciate the best design and surface type for a specific environment, whether that be a school, sports field, linear park, centre of excellence or multi-sport zone, it is important that the design and scope appreciates how the site will be used, managed and maintained to ensure life expectancy. This workshop will bring together key planners, designers, engineers, maintenance providers and suppliers to share knowledge and learnings over the past decade.

  • Designing to Future Proof Fields – What should we be considering now that will allow us to manage, optimise the field and to meet sports needs and sustainability opportunities? – Ian Tittershill, Vice President – FieldTurf Tarkett
  • Type of use will dictate the type of surface – High intensity multi-use activity zones to stadium use, from flat-soled shoes to specialist boots, all weather grass surfaces to hard courts, single sports to multi-sports. How to explore what is fit for purpose and what options are available – Anthony Saba, Managing Director – Greenplay Australia
  • Stadium Fields – What can be learned from stadiums that can provide solutions to help community fields – Dr Keith McAuliffe, Managing Director – Labosport Australia
  • The importance of maintenance to the life of the field – Top tips from maintenance companies on how to extend the life of a field, from the club, council and supplier perspectives – Kate Luffman, General Manager – Sports Clean
  • Innovation in hard and cushioned surfaces designs that can assist in activating today’s youth – What should a council be looking at in acrylic surfaces that can entice and activate young people to play sport? – Nick Cheal, Regional Sales Manager – Sports Surfaces – Mapei Australia

Panel Discussion: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Panellists: All presenters.

5:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

National Sports Convention 2019 Closes