SPORTENG receive Parks & Leisure Australia Research Award Commendation

Jul 03|NewsBy Solene Cathalan

In collaboration with the city of Boroondara, SPORTENG has been awarded the PLA VIC/TAS Research Award Commendation for our work on recycled glass sand for natural turf sportsfields.

The purpose of the PLA VIC/TAS Awards of Excellence is: "to recognise and showcase the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of our industry’s pairs. It promotes and enhances the various positive outcomes, whether they could be social, environmental, or economic to the community."

Source: 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners 

After a few cancellations through the months due to COVID-19, the Awards Ceremony finally took place on Thursday 9th June at the RACV Torquay Resort.

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The Awards Ceremony ready to be kicked off at the RACV Torquay Resort.

SPORTENG was competing with several other projects, among them the Sports Participation Research project from Victoria University and Federation University, which won first place. This project is a world-leading program of research that is transforming our understanding of what drives sports participation and retention. This informs policy and strategic developments of infrastructure, programs and competitions.

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SPORTENG CEO Jarrod Hill sharing SPORTENG's results in our research on the use of recycled glass sand as a growing medium for natural turf Fields of Play.

Our awarded submission was about our research on the use of recycled glass sand as a growing medium for natural turf Fields of Play, and how this could lead to a major step forward in promoting positive environmental impacts.

Indeed, the use of quarried virgin sand for the construction of natural turf Fields of Play is not sustainable long-term. We cannot continue to rely on quarried material when recycled alternative materials are available. The potential to use recycled glass sand in place of the virgin material will help to close the circular economy loop and remove the industry's reliance on virgin materials.

You can read more about our research here.

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