In a move to ensure the build quality of sports facilities in the UK, SAPCA (The Sports and Play Construction Association) has launched a scheme that will see all synthetic sports pitches and athletics tracks built by its members registered on a quality assurance scheme.
All synthetic sports pitches and athletics tracks over 3000 sq metres that are built by SAPCA’s Pitch Division or Track Division members will be registered onto the Pitch & Track Registration Scheme. On a selection of these projects, SAPCA will undertake random site inspections to ensure the project is being completed to the Association’s Codes of Practice. Post-project feedback will also be requested from the customer to establish satisfaction levels with the build and, in the unlikely event of any technical concerns during the project, SAPCA can act as a mediator if required.
Chris Trickey, CEO of SAPCA, told The Landscaper “New, refurbished or resurfaced synthetic turf pitches and athletics tracks represent a significant investment by facility owners and we want to help protect that investment. The Pitch & Track Registration Scheme will help ensure that any scheme built by SAPCA members is built to a particularly high standard.
“The Pitch & Track Registration Scheme will ensure that, collectively, standards of sports and play facilities across the industry continue to be raised and we would urge any facility designer, buyer or operator to only use SAPCA members for the construction or maintenance of their projects.”
SAPCA is the recognised trade association for the sports and play construction industry in the UK. Its role is to foster excellence, professionalism and continuous improvement throughout the industry, in order to provide the high quality of sport, physical activity, recreation and play.

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