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Your Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment

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With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

In this Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment, we attempt to demystify the topic and step you through what you should look for in equipment that will last. 

Tennis Nets

For such a popular sports item, there is surprisingly little information out there to help you make an informed decision to choose the best quality tennis net. You want to make sure you’re not spending your hard earned cash on a net that will need to be replaced after one or two seasons.

Here’s a few handy tips that will help you make the best decision when choosing a tennis net:

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.

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What are the key things I need to look for when purchasing a tennis net?

When you are checking out different types of nets, make sure you look for the key indicators that it’s a quality net, not cheap and nasty!

1. The Quality of the Stitching

We’ve all seen those ratty looking tennis nets that have taken one too many mis-hits from the ball, causing the body of the net to come away from the headband. This is a very common issue with poor quality tennis nets. The great gaping hole in the top of the net is usually because the tiny row of stitching (which holds the body of the net to the headband) is not strong enough to do it’s job.

It is important to not only have strong stitching, but also to use UV-stabilised cotton thread to combat inevitable weather damage. Without these fundamental elements, the net will not last and will soon need to be fixed or upgraded – meaning more money in the long run.

2. The Quality of the Headband

The headband of a tennis net is the piece of material that runs along the top from post to post. Poor headbands become weak and quickly deteriorate. Good quality headbands are usually made from vinyl and it is essential when making tennis net headbands that the manufacturer uses a couple of layers of UV-stabilised vinyl. As with the threading used to connect the body of the net to the headband, this area of the net is very susceptible to weather damage and need to be protected.

3. The Quality of the Mesh Netting

When you consider what tennis net goes through, it’s not surprising that many complaints about low quality nets are about the mesh body getting holes in it. The quality of the black mesh netting is absolutely vital when it comes to absorbing a ball being served at it from 70 to 130km/ph. If the mesh netting is not made from the high quality, heavy duty polyethylene, the net will not be durable and will most likely tear.

The moral of the story? If you want don’t want your net to looking like the picture below, it is always best to go for a top quality net. This is a sure way to save yourself paying out big bucks down the line to fix or upgrade your net.

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Poor quality stitching and mesh will make your tennis net deteriorate very rapidly 

Should I get a full drop tennis net or three-quarter drop?

All the international tennis competitions use full length nets – so a lot of people like the look of the full length net because it looks more professional. However, for more casual games – people generally prefer the three-quarter length nets (760mm drop). They are much easier to play with as it saves you having to collect the ball each time it hits the bottom of the net.

So as a general rule – unless you have a ball boy to run across the court and pick up your tennis balls – the three quarter length net is probably your first choice!

How do I stop my tennis net from sagging in the middle?

Unfortunately, it is near impossible to keep your tennis net perfectly straight. There is always going to be a slight sag in the middle due to the weight of the net. This inevitable sag is actually accounted for when doing professional installations of tennis nets.

However, if your net is sagging excessively – it may be due to a loose winder. Get your local installer to check whether there is any pieces of the winder missing or worn.

How do I fix my broken tennis net?

The most common issues for tennis nets are broken cables, worn head and side bands, and damaged mesh.

If the wire cable has been snapped, you will need to replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, they are a little tricky to install yourself as the vinyl headband that runs along the top of the net needs to be unpicked. The cable is then threaded through the top and sewn up again with an industrial sewing machine.

Damage to the head or side band can also be fixed by replacing the vinyl strip lining the mesh with a new one.

If you have damage to the net itself – this is quite difficult and often expensive to repair. It is usually best to cut your losses and invest in a new tennis net.

Tennis Posts

What do I need to think about when buying tennis posts?

Installation

Number one. How do you plan to install your tennis posts?

If you are starting from scratch – the most common way is to concrete sleeves into the ground for the tennis posts to slide into. This means they can be removed at will. Handy if the court needs to be used for other purposes, or you want to store the posts away when you’re not playing.

If you already have sleeves set into the ground – that’s is a different story. You will need to carefully match the correct measurements so the new post will fit neatly inside it.

So, in summary – when buying new tennis posts, you need to plan ahead a bit to account for correct installation. If you are unsure about anything – contact your local installer first, or give us a call to discuss.

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Tennis post sleeves are usually set into the ground with concrete, allowing your post to slide in and out for easy installation and removal. Sleeves with caps can be purchased to cover the hole in the ground when tennis posts are not in use. See here for more information of sleeves and caps.

Durability

Number two. Will your tennis posts last?

Unless you store your tennis posts under cover every time you aren’t playing (and realistically – who can be bothered?), you will need posts that are weather proof and durable.

Make sure you choose tennis posts that have been made from galvanised steel, as this reduces the risk of rust. (For those who are interested – galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel to protect it from weather damage.) As an extra layer of protection – tennis posts are usually powder-coated with paint, which seals it further against rust.

So make sure you choose quality tennis posts that will last – and save yourself paying out for them down the track.

Winder system

You need to decide whether you want an internal or external winding system for your tennis posts.

What’s the difference? Glad you asked.

4. What’s the difference between an internal and external winders?

The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…

Internal vs External WInders

So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

What’s the best tennis equipment to get for kids?

Kids have specific requirements when it comes to tennis equipment. For a start, they need the net set at an appropriate height to hit the ball over.

Thanks to a joint promotion by ANZ and Tennis Australia to increase young player participation in tennis, Tennis Hot Shots is hugely popular in kids’ sport at the moment.

So how does it work? The courts are smaller, the racquets are lighter and the balls are low-compression so that don’t bounce too high. It is a fun and easy way to learn for primary school-aged kids.

There are three stages in Tennis Hot Shots – Red, Orange and Green. Each stage uses different balls appropriate to children’s skills and confidence. Children are able to progress at their own pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready.

Want to set up a Tennis Hot Shots court for your school, club or home? All you need to get started is a Grand Slam Tennis Hot Shots kit. This consists of a portable mini 6m tennis net and post system. It includes a carry bag for easy storage and transportation, and assembles in just minutes!

Click here to get an online quote for a Tennis Hot Shots Kit.

 

 

We hope you found this tennis goal post guide useful.

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461, email sales@grand-slam.com.au, or request an online quote for our tennis equipment

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Tennis Hot Shots!

Thanks to a joint promotion by ANZ and Tennis Australia to increase young player participation in tennis, Tennis Hot Shots is hugely popular in kids’ sport at the moment.

So how does it work? The courts are smaller, the racquets are lighter and the balls are low-compression so that don’t bounce too high. It is a fun and easy way to learn for primary school-aged kids.

There are three stages in Tennis Hot Shots – Red, Orange and Green. Each stage uses different balls appropriate to children’s skills and confidence. Children are able to progress at their own pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready.

Want to set up a Tennis Hot Shots court for your school, club or home? All you need to get started is a Grand Slam Tennis Hot Shots kit. This consists of a portable mini 6m tennis net and post system. It includes a carry bag for easy storage and transportation, and assembles in just minutes!

Click here to get an online quote for a Tennis Hot Shots Kit.

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Courts with a view – The most amazing sports courts from around the world

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Here are some sports courts from around the world that are a little extra bit special!

We update it weekly so check back regularly to see what’s new.

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One goal keeper, 4 fielders, 30 iron cleats and a passion for soccer is all you need to participate in the ‘Lugget Snow Soccer Tournament’ in Welschnofen, Northern Italy.

 

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Man vs shark in a game of underwater tennis.

A very brave man testing Dunlop’s new Biomimetic tennis range at the London Aquarium.The thinking behind the stunt was that since Dunlop’s new Aeroskin racket was inspired by sharkskin, it’d be a great idea to put someone in a shark tank to see how he got on. More specifically, to see how much drag the racket produced.

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A football match in Tasiilaq, Greenland is set with the picturesque background of snow covered mountains and a bright blue sea.

This photo was taken of a soccer field at sunset over looking the Hudson River in New York. Pier 40 has four soccer fields, which include indoor fields, courtyard fields and rooftop fields over looking the Statue of Liberty.

Not quite sure what was going through the players heads when they decided to mark a soccer field on the side of a very steep hill. The random bushes in the middle of the pitch might also throw up a few obstacles.

Welcome to Eidi Stadium, the eerie yet stunning home of Faroe Island’s national football matches. This truly remarkable location sees sea spray from the waves cover the players on windy days!

This is inner city football at its best! The Adidas Futsal Park in Tokyo sits on top of the Tokyu Toyoko department store, high above Shibuyu district. The players just have to be careful not to kick the ball over the edge…

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Gospin dolac is a stadium in Imotski, Croatia. It was built in 1989 and serves as home stadium for NK Imotski football club. The stadium has a capacity of 4,000 spectators. Gospin dolac is situated in so called “dry lake”, surrounded by Topana Fortress and Blue Lake on one side, and city centre on other side.

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Half skate ramp, half tennis court. Probably not the safest game of tennis ever played, but looks like a lot of fun!

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This beautiful sunset was captured by photographer Nick Carlson at a basketball court in San Pedro, CA. The court, aptly named Angels Gate Park, backs onto the Pacific Ocean and creates a spectacular backdrop for an afternoon game.

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This stunning photograph of a red dust AFL oval in the heart of the Northern Territory was taken by Emilie Zoey. She says that this was “the red field where AFL training goes on most afternoons, either that or it’s full of wild donkeys.”

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This is every boy’s dream basketball court! The home court features a basketball court made from Snap Sports Flooring with a featuring a beautiful treehouse mural. The best part is upstairs, there is a gym/studio space that overlooks the court.

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Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn recently had a  game of tennis on the side of the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland.

The promotional event was played between the tennis world number 3 and the Alpine skiing champion at an altitude of 11,401 feet.

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This amazing floating soccer field is located at Ko Panyi Muslim stilt village in southern Thailand.  Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.

 

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A scenic view of the village basketball court in Guatemala. Basketball is the main recreational activity of the men in the villages and the Moq’lil citizens are some of the best players in the area. This might be partly due to the lack of electricity which promotes outdoor recreation.

 

It started as a figment of J K Rowling’s imagination, but now Quidditch is a sport is played by about 4000 people worldwide. Recently, the third annual conference of the International Quidditch Association held in Washington. ‘Ditching’ Harry Potter is seen to be essential to being taken seriously!

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It’s Hawaiian court art! Acclaimed Taiwanese mural artist Michael Lins amazing tennis court for the Contemporary Museum of Hawaii. Lin, with help from local artists, painted over the former tennis court of the Contemporary Museum’s Spalding House.

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Fancy this set-up as your private basketball court?

With faux stained timber sports floor, wrought iron viewing deck and a premium glass fold-away backboard – who wouldn’t want this set up in their home?!

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If Batman had a tennis court…

Carthage in Missouri, United States is well known for it’s cavernous limestone caves – perfect for recreational activities. Underground Racquets Ltd. operates a double tennis court in one of these cave. The limestone quarry went up for rent after the quarrying finished, and the new owners moved in.

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Although the weather left a bit to be desired, the backdrop to the beach volleyball court during the London 2012 Olympics was truly stunning.

The 15,000-seat court was bordered by the imposing buildings of Whitehall and the clock on Big Ben poked its face over the ‘Downing Street stand’ from the south.

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This court with a view comes from one of our very own customers.

Court builder David Jones from Sports Construction Group has recently completed a tennis court for a luxurious home in Tabragalba which has gone on sale for $20 million. The spectacular property ‘Wirraway’ comprises 1,550 acres, set in the Biddaddaba Valley, only 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

The 10 bedroom estate features a grand ballroom, a library with floor-to-ceiling shelving, a wine cellar under house with adjoining tasting room, a fully equipped gym, and a heated in-ground pool.

But the most impressive feature (in our slightly biased opinion) is the flexipave tennis court using Grand Slam Court Star Tennis Posts with brass fittings, and outdoor galvanised umpire stand. The tennis court plus fully-enclosed tiered viewing pavilion with thickened glass, which can be used as a practice wall.

 

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In 2012, Michael Jordan listed his nine-bedroom, 15-bath, five-fireplace property on the market for $29 million. It also features a full size regulation basketball court with specially-cushioned hardwood flooring, adjustable backstops and baskets, and competition-quality high intensity lighting. The court also has a one-of-a-kind sound system with speakers expressly “tuned” to provide perfect acoustics within the court space.

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In 2005 a helipad 650 ft above the ground on top of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates was temporarily converted into the world’s highest tennis court. The photos and video show Roger Federer and Andre Agassi playing a tennis match on the helipad court as part of a publicity stunt for the ATP’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.

 

If Batman had a tennis court…

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Carthage in Missouri, United States is well known for it’s cavernous limestone caves – perfect for recreational activities. Underground Racquets Ltd. operates a double tennis court in one of these cave. The limestone quarry went up for rent after the quarrying finished, and the new owners moved in.  The temperate atmosphere means so there is no extra cost for heating or air conditioning. Unfortunately the court is only for members, but if you ask politely, you may be allowed to have a look!

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Sports Construction News (June 20th, 2014)

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This week in Sports Construction News – Work has been completed to transform Scotland’s national football stadium into an athletics venue in time for next month’s Commonwealth Games. Suters Architects’ Maribyrnong Sports Academy at Maribyrnong Secondary College was highly commended in the Public Design award category at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2011 earlier this year. OAKLEIGH soccer clubs could be out of pocket up to $26,000 a year for playing on a new synthetic pitch at Jack Edwards Reserve.The designs for a new $55 million velodrome to be built in Brisbane ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been released with a locally based firm winning the design contract. With the World Cup beginning today the issue of ambush marketing is once again likely to raise its head, Stephen von Muenster looks at some of the issues around the practice. The thrill of owning a stake in Manchester United (and the bragging rights that come with it) was too much for Hua Hsu to resist.Venues for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) are set to be delivered well ahead of schedule, with the Queensland Government’s progress being given the tick by the world’s Commonwealth Games Federation.A streamlined planning process has been put in place to ensure Melbourne and Olympic Parks remain among the world’s greatest sporting precincts.The addition of Margaret Court Arena (MCA) as a third retractable-roof stadium at Melbourne Park will officially ‘weatherproof’ the Australian Open, according to Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley.

Hampden Park ready for 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

4 June 2014 – News Glasgow & West Scotland

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Work has been completed to transform Scotland’s national football stadium into an athletics venue in time for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

The finished Hampden Park venue will be the focal point for nearly 50 track and field disciplines, contested by more than 1,000 athletes, over seven days.

The stadium’s surface was raised almost two metres to give it the width and length for an athletics track.

Eight rows of seats were also removed to accommodate the track.

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Sports Academy at Maribyrnong Secondary College by Suters Architects

8/ 25/ 2011 – Architecture AU

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Suters Architects’ Maribyrnong Sports Academy at Maribyrnong Secondary College was highly commended in the Public Design award category at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2011 earlier this year.

The first of its kind in Victoria, the Sports Academy is a purpose-built facility for achieving excellence in sport. The facility can be used seven days a week, fifteen hours a day, by both the school and the local community and enables talented student athletes to balance their academic and sporting goals in an athlete-friendly setting.

The concept for the building is based on the idea of precognition or pre-visualization – focusing on the goal. As a form of spatial precognition, the design provides early spatial hints and snapshots of the moments that an elite sports star will experience. The underbelly of a stadium, entering a sporting arena, the running track, the corporate box, the hall of heroes are all experiences that will form the psyche of every sports star.

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Clubs and players will pay higher fees when new synthetic turf pitch is built at Jack Edwards Reserve in Oakleigh

6/ 11/ 2014 – Leader Community Newspapers

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OAKLEIGH soccer clubs could be out of pocket up to $26,000 a year for playing on a new synthetic pitch at Jack Edwards Reserve.

The $1.3 million pitch will come with a hefty price tag, with annual fees for the Oakleigh Cannons Football Club set to triple in the first year.

Monash Council will increase the hourly cost of using the pitch over the next three years.

Fees for the Cannons, which use the reserve for 30 hours a week, will rise from about $4,200 to $13,200 in 2014-15.

Oakleigh Cannons chairman Kon Kavalakis said fee increases would inflame the financial struggles of local clubs.

Mr Kavalakis said registration fees are likely to rise to offset the club’s operational costs, which could see players across its 33 senior and junior sides deflect to rival clubs with more affordable playing fees.

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Architects announced for the ‘world class’ velodrome being built at Chandler for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

6/ 13 /14- The Courier Mail

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THE designs for a new $55 million velodrome to be built in Brisbane ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been released with a locally based firm winning the design contract.

State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney will today announce Cox Rayner Architects has won the contract to design the facility which will be built at Chandler in Brisbane.

“A world-class velodrome will be built at the Sleeman Sports Complex beside the SuperX BMX track, setting the complex up to become a cycling mecca,” Mr Seeney said of the project.

He said Cox Rayner Architects’ submission scored highly in terms of capability, relevant experience, comparative cost and knowledge of the sports complex.

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Kicking goals in ambush marketing

6 / 13 /14: Stephen von Muenster – Mumbrella

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With the World Cup beginning today the issue of ambush marketing is once again likely to raise its head, Stephen von Muenster looks at some of the issues around the practice.
With the FIFA World Cup fast approaching, the issue of ambush marketing is again at the forefront of discussion. Forming a key concern for event organisers, partners, sponsors and fans, ambush marketing is an attempt by a third party to create a direct or indirect association with a sport event or its participants without their permission.
Major sports events, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup, present excellent opportunities for international brand exposure, so it comes as no surprise that entities engage in ambush marketing in an attempt to reap the associated commercial benefits of such coverage.

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Love sports? Buy your own team — or part of one

6 / 11 /14: Vikram BarhatCapital

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The thrill of owning a stake in Manchester United (and the bragging rights that come with it) was too much for Hua Hsu to resist.

So when the leading English Premier League club floated its initial public offering in 2012, he scooped up a block of shares, at $14.02 apiece, as soon as the stock started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

“I’m a Manchester United supporter and I found the idea of buying stock in the club really novel,” said Hsu, the 36-year-old assistant Eng­lish professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the US.

The club’s public debut gave millions of footie fans a chance to experience what it feels like to “own a piece the club they support,” Hsu said. “I’ve always been fascinated by how we find and forge our allegiances, particularly at a time when clubs like Man United aspire for global reach.”

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games venues on target

6 / 13 /14 – Queensland Government

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Venues for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) are set to be delivered well ahead of schedule, with the Queensland Government’s progress being given the tick by the world’s Commonwealth Games Federation.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) were on target to deliver three new sporting venues and major upgrades to eight others.

“This $320 million investment in sport and community infrastructure will generate up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into our economy,” Mr Seeney said.

“I am pleased to report that the Commonwealth Games Federation has also approved the final list of sports and venues for the Games which details that some planned temporary locations will now become permanent venues, creating an even stronger legacy for Queenslanders.”

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Plans progress quickly for Melbourne Park upgrades

6/ 12 /14 –Premier of Victoria

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A streamlined planning process has been put in place to ensure Melbourne and Olympic Parks remain among the world’s greatest sporting precincts.
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has approved an amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme to help facilitate the ongoing redevelopment of the iconic sports precinct.
“The $338 million in upgrades to the Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct will make sure this city remains the sporting capital of the world, and will help attract the best sporting, music and cultural events,” Mr Guy said.
“This new planning process will allow for timely works as the redevelopment progresses, through quick and efficient updates to the precinct’s master plan. This will help speed up some exciting upgrades to the precinct as well as upgrades further down the line as plans for a third stage progress. It’s all about ensuring our sporting capital can continue to deliver the major events that we’re renowned for.”

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New roof on Margaret Court Arena will ‘weatherproof’ the Australian Open

6/11/14 – Australasian Leisure Management

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The addition of Margaret Court Arena (MCA) as a third retractable-roof stadium at Melbourne Park will officially ‘weatherproof’ the Australian Open, according to Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley.

Outlining plans for the 2015 tournament, Tiley explained “plans for Australian Open 2015 are well underway and we look forward to unveiling the new MCA, which promises to be one of the finest tennis stadiums in the world.”

New initiatives announced for Australian Open 2015 include the ticketing of Margaret Court Arena, with ground pass holders gaining access to more than 9,500 general admission seats at Hisense Arena.

Tiley added “the retractable roof at MCA, along with ground pass entry for fans at Hisense, will ensure more fans than ever before have access to uninterrupted tennis action, whatever the weather.

“The redevelopment and stadium upgrades mean we could technically complete all Australian Open matches even with a fortnight of solid rain.

“We are very proud to lead the way in world tennis as the only Grand Slam with three retractable roof venues, and MCA will feature what we believe to be the world’s fastest moving stadium roof, which will open or close in just five minutes.

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Stunning tennis court helps raise value of luxurious home to $20 million

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Court builder and Grand Slam customer David Jones (Sports Construction Group) has recently completed a tennis court for a luxurious home in Tabragalba which has gone on sale for $20 million. The spectacular property ‘Wirraway’ comprises 1,550 acres, set in the Biddaddaba Valley, only 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

The 10 bedroom estate features a grand ballroom, a library with floor-to-ceiling shelving, a wine cellar under house with adjoining tasting room, a fully equipped gym, and a heated in-ground pool.

But the most impressive feature (in our slightly biased opinion) is the Plexipave tennis court using Grand Slam Court Star Tennis Posts with brass fittings, and outdoor galvanised umpire stand. The tennis court plus fully-enclosed tiered viewing pavilion with thickened glass, which can be used as a practice wall.

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Sports Construction News (June 13th, 2014)

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This week in Sports Construction News – The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will end its surveys on Australian social trends and Measures of Australia’s Progress. Sports Technology International (STI) is relaunching as Polytan STI. Ipswich Council ignored the serious environmental concerns of its own planning officers to rubber-stamp the development of a sports ground earmarked as a new home for the Brisbane Lions AFL team. Known for their detailed architecture and stunning beauty, cathedrals were built partially to showcase a community’s unique culture and lifestyle. Nowadays, it seems that sports venues have taken over that illustrious role. And lastly, HUNTER Stadium is set to be resurfaced at a cost of about $1.25 million to ready it as a host venue for 2015 Asian Cup games.

ABS to scale back collection of culture, recreation, sport and tourism statistics 

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6/ 8/ 2014 – Australian Leisure Management

Implementing cuts of around $50 million over three years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will end its surveys on Australian social trends and Measures of Australia’s Progress, as well as ending its contribution to collecting culture, sport and recreation statistics. The tourism sector is also likely to lose an important set of industry data, with the ABS to cease conducting its Survey of Tourist Accommodation. Pro-development lobby group Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) believes that discontinuing the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation will be disastrous for the industry. TTF Executive Director Adele Labine-Romain said that without this data, Australia’s tourism goals come under serious threat, stating “Australia has an ambitious goal to double overnight expenditure by 2020 and the availability of regular, reliable data is needed to underpin investment and planning to aid the industry. “The Australian Government has recognised the need for increased investment in tourism product, including tourism accommodation, and this kind of data is key for investment development.

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STI expands to join forces with sister company Polytan 

Polytan_STI-500x3036/ 2/ 2014 – Australian Leisure Management

Sports Technology International (STI), the leading and fastest growing synthetic sports facility construction company in Australasia, is relaunching as Polytan STI. This recognition of the existing sister-company relationship with the European synthetic sports surfacing market leader, Polytan, formalises the close collaboration over the past six years. Asia Pacific based, STI and German company, Polytan, have developed leading edge surfacing solutions for projects such as the elite football field upgrade at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and the 2014 Commonwealth Games hockey surfaces in Glasgow, UK. The two highly successful organisations boast an impressive combined track record. Poligras synthetic hockey fields have been used for three of the last four Olympic Games, and big name football clubs such Liverpool FC and FC Bayern Munich train and play on the company’s LigaTurf artificial football fields. Their close working relationship is also recognised internationally, through joint ‘Preferred Producer’ branding as Polytan STI, in their close association with governing sports bodies including FIFA, IRB, FIH, ITF, World Bowls and AFL/Cricket Australia.

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Ipswich Council ignored environmental concerns to rubber-stamp stadium earmarked as new Brisbane Lions home

6/ 6/ 2014: National Reporting Team’s Mark Solomons and Mark Willacy – ABC News

Ipswich Council ignored the serious environmental concerns of its own planning officers to rubber-stamp the development of a sports ground earmarked as a new home for the Brisbane Lions AFL team.

The development was approved just as the co-owner of the site and most of the adjacent land, Springfield Land Corporation (SLC), gave a $10,000 donation to the re-election fund of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Initial work is well underway at the site in Springfield near the Centenary Highway west of Brisbane.

But the plan for a $60 million stadium and sports complex has stalled, mired in controversy and financial difficulties.

Documents show SLC, which is building an entire city on the outskirts of Ipswich, withdrew its 2011 development application for major earthworks at the site after the Council raised sweeping concerns about the proposed diversion of Mountain Creek.

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The 4 Most Technologically Advanced Populous Sports Venue Upgrades

4/8/2014: Sean Leaks – Sport Techie

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Known for their detailed architecture and stunning beauty, cathedrals were built partially to showcase a community’s unique culture and lifestyle. Nowadays, it seems that sports venues have taken over that illustrious role. Gone are the days of the stripped-down, “cookie-cutter” stadiums such as Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh or Riverfront Stadium (also known as Cinergy Field) in Cincinnati. Instead, teams and architectural firms are in constant pursuit of designing stadiums that center around innovation, local community values, and the overall fan experience.

Earl Santee, senior principal for Populous, sums up this transition in stadium architecture bysaying, “We used to design a building for 40,000 to 50,000 people. Now we’re designing it for you and whoever you’re with and whoever they may be with. It’s a much more personal experience.”

Populous (formerly known as HOK Sport) is a world-renowned architectural firm that specializes in sport and entertainment venues. Since their founding in 1983, Populous has been the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic sports venues such as: new Yankee StadiumLondon’s Olympic Stadium, and FNB Stadium (perhaps more commonly known as Soccer City) in South Africa. As a tribute to their continued innovation and use of technology throughout their projects, we’ll take a look at four Populous’ most outstanding stadium designs and renovations that have captured this new trend in sports venue architecture.

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Hunter Stadium to be resurfaced

5/29/2014: Michelle Harris – Newcastle Herald

HUNTER Stadium is set to be resurfaced at a cost of about $1.25 million to ready it as a host venue for 2015 Asian Cup games.

The state government has agreed to kick in $1 million, with the rest of the money to come from the Cup’s Local Organising Committee and government stadium management agency Venues NSW.

The money addresses major concerns that the state of the turf had fallen below the international standards expected of the venue, which will be in the spotlight when it hosts four Cup matches in January.

Sport and Recreation minister Stuart Ayres has secured the cash and says the work will start after the final home game for the Newcastle Knights.

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Sports Education News (June 13th, 2014)

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This week in Sports Education News  –  Why aren’t  AFL fans attending games? Sportswomen shattering the stereotypes around sexuality. The AIS has developed player tracking technology, which it is making available to Australia?s national teams for free. 91% of sports fans use social media on a daily basis. Australian children are exposed to junk food messages for up to three hours a week while playing junior sport, according to a study.Brock McLean says he is surprised there is still no AFL player who has come out as gay, as he called on the community to take part in the largest ever Australian-based international study on homophobia in sport.

Sport builds girls’ confidence, says schools leader

6/8/2014: Judith Burns – BBC News

Girls should take part in competitive sport to build confidence and resilience, the leader of a group of girls’ schools will argue this week.

Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), will tell the group’s conference that sport can help girls cope with failure.

All girls “and not just the sporty ones” should take physical exercise, Ms Fraser will say.

Research that girls are far less active than boys is worrying, she argues.

“Girls who are in schools which focus solely on academic achievement can experience success after success, and may never learn that you can have a real setback and come back and recover”, Ms Fraser told BBC News.

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Why aren’t fans attending games?

6/14/2014: David Culbert – Sports Business Insider

It has been the big question in the NRL and AFL so far in 2014.

Why aren’t fans attending games?

Everyone has a reason, and both codes have been spinning the numbers inside-out to tell the story that things aren’t as bleak as the detractors say they are.

Just this week the Daily Telegraph reported that NRL crowds are on the improve after a very slow start to the season and the worst opening round attendances in a decade.

In the AFL, if not for the bumper numbers at the Adelaide Oval things would be bleak indeed. Although in fairness to the AFL they have driven the strategy to redevelop the Adelaide Oval and deserve to reap the rewards of increased attendances at the new venue. Can you imagine how bleak the overall crowd figures would be if Port Adelaide and Adelaide were still playing at Football Park?

According to talkback callers AFL crowds are down because of unwatchable game styles and  variable pricing that forces members to pay additional dollars to secure a seat at premium matches, a claim that moved outgoing AFL boss Andrew Demetriou to blame ‘no-shows’ for the decrease in crowds.

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Coach Education and Development: Beyond the Social Web

6/09/2014: Keith Lyons – Keithlyons.com

In 1990, Peter Senge argued that learning organisations are:

…organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.

The emergence of a learning sporting organisation in the next decade requires leaders to embrace and pursue how to link knowledge within and outside their organisation. Fefie Dotsika (2012a) observes that while larger companies “take better advantage of intellectual assets, in order to enhance productivity and increase competitiveness”, smaller companies with web presence “have remained reluctant to do the same”.

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Sportswomen shattering the stereotypes around sexuality

6/10/2014: Anastasia Prikhodko – The Roar

Alex BlackwellSport has become an international podium for spectators and players to share stereotypical views about sexuality and gender.

In 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out to the media. His brave actions influenced NFL player Michael Sam and Los Angeles Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers to also come out.

These positive actions trigged follow-up stories, TV interviews, and a considerable amount of media attention.

Coincidently, US basketballer Brittney Griner, Australian Southern Stars cricketer Alex Blackwell, Olympian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, and footballer Michelle Heyman also came out.

Advocate for women in sport and blogger Danielle Warby says, “Alex was open within the team anyway, just not out to the media and after her interview with the ABC, where she came out, nothing happened, no one noticed.”

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Every move you make

6/6/2014: Nicole Jeffery – The Australian

GEORGE Orwell had it right, at least in a sporting context. In the near future, banks of cameras and computers will be monitoring every move of every player on the field and feeding the data back instantly to their coaching teams.

Our elite sportsmen and women will have to get used to Big Brother watching them because there will be nowhere to hide with the technology being rolled out by the Australian Institute of Sport.

In the past five years, soccer’s UEFA Champions League and the National Basketball Association have invested millions in a cutting-edge player-tracking ­system called SportVu, which uses ­Israeli missile-tracking technology. But the AIS has now developed equivalent technology at a fraction of the price, and which it is making available to Australia’s national teams for free.

AIS sports scientist Stuart Morgan has developed a system that could have a dramatic impact on game strategy because it ­allows coaches to track the movements not only of their own players but also of the opposition.

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Junior sport home of junk food

6/6/2014 : Cathy O’Leary Medical – The West Australian 

Australian children are exposed to junk food messages for up to three hours a week while playing junior sport, according to a study.

Researchers say children are being bombarded with unprecedented levels of fast food and sugary drink advertising via companies sponsoring community sports clubs.

The research comes after an international report last week revealed that Australia’s adult obesity level was growing at one of the fastest rates in the world.

One in four children was also overweight or obese.

The Australian study, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, combined information about children’s participation in community sport with patterns of food and drink sponsorship of sports clubs.

Children playing outdoor cricket and rugby league were most exposed to unhealthy messages.

Lead author Bridget Kelly, from the University of Wollongong’s school of health and society, said her research team was staggered by the magnitude of children’s cumulative exposure to

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Homophobia survey a sporting first

6/6/2014 :Tessa van der Riet – The Age

Brock McLean says he is surprised there is still no AFL player who has come out as gay, as he called on the community to take part in the largest ever Australian-based international study on homophobia in sport.

The Carlton midfielder says the homophobia issue is still “very close” to him, after speaking out on the subject in a Fairfax article about his gay sister Ellie last year.

I’d like to think that in today’s environment there would have been someone come out by now, but it just highlights how hard a decision it must be for anyone coming out.

McLean, 28, has encouraged his fellow players and the general public, gay or straight, to spend 10 minutes answering questions anonymously about homophobia they may have seen or experienced in the sporting arena.

“I just think it’s really important that people take that time out of their day to take the survey,” McLean said. “It’s only something little that people can do but it’s going to make a massive difference to a huge group of people.”

Sports Construction News (5th, June, 2014)

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This week in Sports Construction News – THE Bordertown Basketball Stadium extension and refurbishment should be complete before summer this year. Albury-Wodonga tennis court curator Shane Reid has prepared some of the finest surfaces on earth – including one memorable grand slam green-top. And University of Ballarat set of criteria that would enable synthetic turf to mimic the performance characteristics of natural turf is now downloadable.

Construction work, a slam dunk

4/14/2014, Benn Gransden – Border Chronicle

Picture1THE Bordertown Basketball Stadium extension and refurbishment should be complete before summer this year.

President Chris Jefferies gave an update on current works by local tradesmen to the Border Chronicle last Wednesday.

Work started on the stadium just after Easter thanks to a Department of Sport and Recreation dollar-for-dollar grant of $80,000 last year.

Work last week involved excavation, trench digging and concreting.

The building will be extended from 4-6m and stretches to a width of 37m from its previous length of only 14m.

Mr Jefferies said the extension was necessary due to excess clutter during peak season.

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Tending the grass: Wodonga to Wimbledon

5/8/2014, Nick Fogarty – ABC

When Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002, not many Australians took much notice of the grass underneath his feet.

But Albury-Wodonga local Shane Reid, that year responsible for the state of centre court, certainly did.

The experienced tennis court curator said the tournament was “a real buzz”.

“During the championships I was required to mow centre court and number one,” he said.

“Then obviously after that was responsible for lining as well, and some rolling.”

Mr Reid was first noticed by Tennis Australia while working as an apprentice at Wodonga Tennis Centre.

Tennis Australia’s turf consultant, Murray MacFarlane, invited him to Sydney where he began working on Davis Cup courts.

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Synthetic Turf Surfaces

In 2007, the AFL and Cricket Australia commissioned the University of Ballarat to develop a set of criteria that would enable synthetic turf to mimic the performance characteristics of natural turf.

Since the development of those criteria the AFL and Cricket Australia has developed a Synthetic Turf Program. A brochure outlining the program can be downloaded here.

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Sports Construction News (23rd May, 2014)

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This week in Sports Construction News – Tennis ACT plans on installing clay court surfaces to help Australian tennis players dominant, and three architectural firms are announced as to be on the short list for the Melbourne Park redevelopment project.

Aussies kiln it thanks to Canberra clay

5/5/14, Chris Dutton – Sydney Morning Herald

Tennis ACT has a plan to make Australia a dominant force in claycourt tennis. The organisation hopes a stage two redevelopment clay courtswill put Canberra back on the professional circuit as it plans for tier one clay surfaces to be installed. Canberra star Nick Kyrgios and Canberra Velocity teammate Alex Bolt have both won Challenger level tournaments on clay in recent weeks. Kyrgios also made his grand slam debut on clay at the French Open. The Lyneham tennis precinct boasts 12 clay courts as well as synthetic grass and hardcourts. But the clay courts are made up of a mixture of surfaces, which prevents ITF and professional events being played on them.

Australian tennis players hadn’t won on clay surfaces in the past five years, until Kyrgios and Bolt were successful this year. Both Kyrgios and Bolt trained on the Canberra clay surface. “The [clay] surface that was put down is European clay; the issue is around the sustainability of that surface. It breaks down too quickly and we’ve had to introduce a hybrid of material to try to have it more sustainable and easier to maintain,” said Tennis ACT boss Ross Triffit. “We are planning on upgrading them as part of the redevelopment. It’d be great to upgrade them to tier one status so we can get international events back on them.”

Construction has started at Lyneham but stage two of the development is dependent on funding. Canberra’s hardcourt plexipave would be used as the main tournament surface, with clay providing variety. “It depends on what type of events we want to have. There’s still a shortage of clay courts around Australia, so if we were to have all 12 upgraded it would be quite a point of difference for our venue.” Kyrgios is ranked No. 159 in the world and has won two tournaments since making a comeback from injury.

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Three architecture firms shortlisted for Melbourne Park project

 Geraldine Chua – Architecture & Design

Hassell, Lyons Architects, and a consortium of Woods Bagot, NH Architecture and Populous have been shortlisted for the new Administration building at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open.

The announcement followed from calls for Expressions of Interest by Minister for Major Projects, David Hodgett.

“As the headquarters of Tennis Australia and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, the Administration building will be the MelbParkRedevnerve centre of this busy precinct,” said Hodgett.

“The building will also provide a home for the Australia Open’s media centre hosting hundreds of international journalists in Melbourne for the Grand Slam event.”

The Administration and Media building will be situated between the current function centre and the Jolimont rail yards, creating a new northern face for the sporting precinct that will be seen by tens of thousands of rail commuters every day.

Functionally and structurally linked to the new Function Centre, the building will have a nominal gross area of 8,700sqm.

It is part of Stage two of the $338 million redevelopment of Melbourne Park, which also includes refurbishments to Rod Laver Arena, and a footbridge over Batman Avenue.

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