Sportsfield Recovery Forum @ SCG

What a year it’s been for those involved in the management of sportsfields, parks and recreation facilities around the country.

From drought and water restrictions, to fires and floods . . . and then Covid-19!

We’ve just about had it all this year, but what happens when everyone piles onto sports fields en-masse and tries to fit a whole season into what may be only weeks in some cases?

Facility surfaces have been in the headlines recently and there has been increased focus on our recreation space as many communities flocked to their local parks as the only viable exercise outlet.

There’s even been a recent effort to thank all those involved with the upkeep of our parks with a series of #GoGreenForParks events currently underway around the nation.

In recognising the pressure that our sports and recreation surfaces and their managers are under we’ve assembled a number of Turf Industry Experts and lined up some of the latest in Sportsturf Technology for this event.

Sportsfield Recovery Forum + Q&A will take place from 10.00am on Tuesday August 4, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).  The day promises to be well supported with proceeds from the event heading to the Sports Turf Association and the Turf Producers Association of NSW, with the RUOK organisation to also benefit from the event.

Apart from the technical turf side of things, there’ll also be inspirational words from some of the leading-voices in sporting-circles at the moment.

Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’Landys AM has said that he’ll speak on the work that went into ensuring that Rugby League kicked off again – as one of the first contact sports in the world post-pandemic.

Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and Greater Western Sydney Chairman Tony Sheppherd AM says that he’ll be letting delegates know the latest in what’s happening with the Trust and the expanded control of other Stadiums, as well as their vision for the future of sport and entertainment in the Greater City Region.

NSW Blues State of Origin Coach Brad (Freddie) Fittler has spoken of how honoured he is to get an extension with the team and is keen to convey to participants on the day their importance in the whole scheme of things.  ‘Resilience’ is a word bandied about often says Fittler, but he will describe how it takes a team effort to lift everyone up to achieve peak performance.

Sky Racing presenter Richie Callandar says he’s looking forward to working with these personalities as the host on the day and in his inimitable fashion get some great take-home value from them.

These special guests have been coupled on the day with presentations from Sports Turf specialists including ‘Professor’ Peter McMaugh AM, Dr Henk Smith, Dr Swaminathan, Albie Leggett, and a Q&A session with some industry greats. The event promises to offer sports turf managers and industry supporters a terrific opportunity to get to a venue like the SCG and take home some practical knowledge and valuable words-of-wisdom.

A limited number of sponsor and delegate opportunities are available due to Covid restrictions – in what promises to be a much-anticipated event.