SPORTENG has been recognised as a Sports & Play Industry Association (SAPIA) Winner for the SAPIA Design Awards 2020.
The purpose of the SAPIA’s Industry Awards Program is to: "support the association’s goal of promoting excellence in sports court, sports field, playground and recreation facility design, construction, maintenance, surfacing and servicing as well as product innovation. The program recognises the work of its members who are participating in achieving this goal and provides members with the opportunity to celebrate their work."
Celebrating its 21st year in 2021, the SAPIA’s Industry Awards Program attracted 93 entries from across the whole field of SAPIA’s operations. Judging took into account aesthetics and degree of difficulty, safety, and compliance with Australia Standards and SAPIA’s Codes of Practice.
After a few cancellations through the months due to COVID-19, the Awards Ceremony finally took place on Friday 1st of April at Sydney’s harbourside Manly 16ft Skiff Club.
SPORTENG was competing with two projects in the Design Award category, alongside Peak Urban with its KP Hardiman Hockey Pitch project, and Premier Sports & Leisure with its Custom Fencing project. Our Casey Fields Soccer Centre of Excellence project got the runner-up position, while our collaboration with La Trobe University on their Sports Park project got us first place!
Design Award Runner-up position atributed to Casey Field Soccer Centre of Excellence.
Design Award Winner position atributed to La Trobe University Sports Park.
As part of the University’s strategy to develop its sporting capabilities, La Trobe University engaged SPORTENG to design Stage 1 of its world-class Sports Park consisting of a synthetic turf football pitch and a natural turf AFL oval.
When asked about the sports facility, the Carlton FC Director of High-Performance Andrew Russell said: "We completed a high-performance training session at the Sports Park in January 2021. The [Tony Sheehan Oval] training surface was elite, you could clearly see the time, effort and expertise required to produce such a quality training surface. The equipment [in the Sports Performance Hub] was of the highest quality, and the players thoroughly enjoyed training in such a high-performance centre."
Source: Extract of the interview of Mr Andrew Russell for the Magasine “La Trobe University 2022 Sports Guide”.
SPORTENG is currently involved in designing what will become the Home of the Matildas, the Australian National Women’s Soccer team.
Another high-level club, the Melbourne Rebels’ Super W team, chose La Trobe University as their new home, thanks to its new show pitch with grandstand, its two additional pitches and high-performance facilities. The club also conduct preseason on both the oval and synthetic pitch.
The National Rugby League Academies also use the synthetic pitch for training purposes.