Sports Surfaces Industry Tour

Monday 16th July





As the community continues to grow, many sports, local governments and education providers need more space to play sport and satisfy their sporting and recreational needs. The Sports Surfaces Industry Tour explores the latest technology and thinking around increasing carrying capacity of sports turf and surfaces. The Tour will hear from industry experts on how the latest technology is being used and embraced by the industry with hands-on visits around Melbourne schools, local government and commercial sports sites.

The Tour will include visiting sites that will provide insights to:

  • Elite Training Field – Football: he conversion of an old Bunnings warehouse in Maribyrnong into a state of the art Football (Soccer) training facility has allowed their academy to flourish, for A-League players to train and receive excellent support services. Their indoor surface has been developed by Limonta and installed by Greenplay Australia.
  • Multi-Sport School Playing Surface – Netball Tennis and Football: Penleigh Essendon Grammar School was keen to install a solution that would satisfy demand for Netball, Tennis and Football. By working with ABS Sports Fields, they stabilised the soil, built a pavement base and catered for not only the three sports, but also the management of them and ease of change between each sport. The surface has been developed by APT and installed by ABS Sports Fields.
  • School Transformation – Hockey and Tennis: The large grass oval at Parade College’s Preston Campus was frequently out of play in the winter and summer sports seasons. By working with TigerTurf they identified the sports they wanted to use at the campus and acknowledged it would be used for play and active recreation. TigerTurf offered the Trophy Performance surface, which is suited for Hockey and Tennis and was installed by TigerTurf.
  • City of Whittlesea – Seasonal Sport’s Needs: The commission of Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve was an investment for Council to satisfy the growing demand for Football (AFL) in the winter and Cricket in the summer. The near 17,000m2 field, had support from AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria in the design, funding and installation of a licenced AFL/Cricket Synthetic Oval with upgraded LED training sports lighting. The $2.2m commission was carried out by Turf One with the FieldTurf FTRV360 product, which is a 70mm system. Federation University to share some research data on player perception of the surface.
  • Melbourne’s Newest AFL Field: Stonnington City Council converted the 17,000m2 parkland which was used for the level crossing workforce for the previous 12 months. Council embraced a virgin rubber EPDM after concerns from residents as part of the initial designs for the field. By rotating the field from its original position, addressing the flooding issues that impacted on local residents, the field will make a significant contribution to the peak demand needs of the municipality. Polytan designed and built the field with their own product line.
  • Synthetic Surface Factory Tour: Polytan/APT create their own synthetic and acrylic sports systems for the football codes in Australia and New Zealand as well as Hockey, Tennis and hard/cushioned courts. The 30-minute tour of the factory will provide a taste of all aspects of the technology and what goes on in the development of synthetic surfaces.

Tour Logistics
The Tour departs from the MCEC at 8.30am and will return at 5.00pm, includes lunch and is limited to 50 people. Cost of the Tour will be $125 +GST per person.


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