Time to Recoat and Undertake Annual Maintenance.

For Nellakir this is a very busy time of year. With school holidays upon us it’s time to address cyclical maintenance issues – annual recoats and ancilliary works in over 30 locations.

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But as well, the team have been given the go-ahead on the construction of a new half court sporting floor at the Frankston Special Development School. This will be part of the new Gym and staffroom upgrades being undertaken by builders The Adma Group. The Architects on the project are Kneeler Design Architects. Nellakir are contracted to supply the half court size sprung timber flooring for the new Gymnasium.

Nellakir over the next few weeks have a series of major annual maintenance projects to ensure sprung timber sports flooring continues to perform at its optimum.


St Francis Xavier College in Beaconsfield has 3 separate campuses. The maintenance work will be occuring at the main campus on the basketball court surface.


Similar works (recoating) will be occurring at the Roxburgh Homestead Primary School in Roxburgh Park, on that school’s sprung timber floored sports courts.

The courts at Truscott Reserve in Long Gully Eaglehawk Reserve near Bendigo will also be recoated.

Other locations include St Brigid’s College Horsham, St Josephs College Ferntree Gully, Carranballach College in Point Cook with two facilities where one will also include a line changeover as well as the recoating maintenance procedure and Mentone Girls Secondary School where Nellakir will also be adding 4 Badminton Courts on one Basketball court as well as recoating a second court.

All in all Nellakir will provide cyclical maintenance on these locations and others totalling 30 sports and educational venues over the next month, providing cyclical maintenance on the sports flooring sprung timber courts at each.

Nellakir are the recognised experts in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring throughout Victoria and Tasmania. When the job needs to be done right don’t hesitate to call Nellakir and take advantage of real master craftsmen. For Expert Construction and Programmed Maintenance call now on 9467 6126.

Nellakir, the Sports Flooring of Champions

Olympic Recognition of Netball

When children take up a sport, they like to dream of the future. Young guys become Test Cricketers, AFL and NBA stars. In 1995 young girls could finally aspire to the Olympic dream. It took over 25 years of lobbying the Olympic IOC for this recognition but in granting it, an important formal requirement for recognition has now been met. So now young Netballers can truly aspire to become Olympians.

Still it is a slow process. In 2016 Rugby Sevens and Golf, games primarily played by men, were included before Netball. Netball has to date never been played at the Summer Olympics. Predominantly a game played in Commonwealth countries, Olympic recognition provides impetus, and more importantly funding for faster global growth of the game.

According to some pundits, the slow acceptance of Netball is in line with the overall slow acceptance of women’s sports or sports predominantly played by women. As late as 1996, 26 countries sent no women to the Olympics. Olympic recognition opened up funding through the International Olympic Committee (IOC), national Olympic committees and sports organisations through State and Federal Governments.

Currently Nellakir is contracted on a number of Victorian State Government Private Public Partnership projects which see new high standard sprung timber sports floored Netball courts supplied and built in many new Primary and Secondary schools. These Netball courts are also used by the local community for weekend and weeknight competition and by the schools themselves as Assembly Halls and as Gymnasiums, with other competitive sports such as Basketball and Volleyball also being played on these superb surfaces.

Netball has become a permanent Olympic recognised sport as of 1995. Recognition has ensured that Netball’s national associations worldwide can become full members of their nation’s national Olympics committees. The All Australian Netball Association is one of these national organisations and it has become a full member of Australia’s national Olympic committee.

The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) recognition by the IOC was renewed in 2004. IFNA has made Olympic recognition part of its long term strategy to grow the game.

Netball remains the most popular women’s spectator sport in Australia, but recently this has been challenged with the emergence of the AFLWC. Needless to say that whilst a young girl from Mill Park or Belmont in Geelong can dream of donning her country’s National colours at the Olympic Games, the game of Netball has now created a solid foundation. Let’s look forward to some more Aussie Glory in 2020 in Tokyo – in Netball!

New Sprung Timber Flooring Projects

Nellakir are proud to announce several new projects focussed around cyclical maintenance and refurbishment of Sprung Timber Flooring.


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Nellakir are the leading provider of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania and provide an excellent ongoing and scheduled maintenance program for all competitive and high value sprung timber flooring surfaces.

Recently Nellakir have been awarded maintenance contracts with Glen Eira City Council and with Moonee Valley City Council.

At Glen Eira, the Bentleigh and McKinnon Youth Centre, the Caulfield Senior Citizens Centre and the Town Hall Auditorium will all undergo re-coating and maintenance at a higher level than usual with floors being treated to a two coat recoating procedure.


With the Moonee Valley Council, the Doutta Galla Youth Club is undergoing a fulsome refurbishment with a full resanding with associated works.

The surfaces prepared, maintained and finished by Nellakir are utilised for both Netball and Basketball’s highest levels of competition.

We wish the Netball Victoria Association the very best in staging its 2017 Championships, with regional associations enabling the best young talent to profile their skills on the best possible surfaces with many of these games being played on Nellakir prepared surfaces.

Locations announced for popular Association Championships tournament

The host venues for the 2017 Netball Victoria Association Championships, proudly presented by Lumo Energy and WM Loud, have been announced! With seven new associations across Victoria selected for this year’s tournament.


This year as part of the Association Championships tournament some of the best young netball talent, from associations and leagues right across the state, will battle it out at their selected regional location.

The 2017 host associations are as follows: Traralgon Netball Association (Eastern Region); Wyndham Netball Association (Central West Region); Echuca Netball Association (Northern Region); Frankston & District Netball Association (13/U Central East Region); Warrnambool City Netball Association (Western Region); Albury Netball Association (North East); Knox City Council Netball Association (15/U & 17/U Central East Region).

Netball Victoria, Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King said the annual tournament is a vital part of the Netball Victoria pathway

“The Netball Victoria Association Championships tournament is a vital part of our athlete development pathway,” said King.

“At each location talent scouts watch those participating in the 15-and-under and 17-and-under age groups, with a view to invite selected talent to Zone Academy and State Team screening days.”

“There are numerous past and present Melbourne Vixens, who have participated and been recognised through Association Championships, including Emma Ryde and Chloe Watson, so I’d encourage associations and leagues with budding young netballers to join the tournament. Registrations are now open – visit vic.netball.com.au to find out more,” said King.

The Association Championships tournament includes three junior age groups 13-and-under, 15-and-under and 17-and-under, and an Open division. Each of the three junior age group categories is separated into two divisions. The ‘Reserve Division’ is focused on development and participation, whilst the ‘Championship Division’ will progress to the Finals Day, which will be held on Sunday 25 June 2017 at the State Netball Hockey Centre. The Open division goes straight through to the Finals Day to compete.

“In 2016 more than 360 teams from 106 associations/leagues took part in this standout tournament and in 2017 we’d love to see even more talented young netballers participating,” said King.

The Netball Victoria Association Championships is proudly presented by Lumo Energy and WM Loud.

For further details around host locations, competition dates and registrations visit: http://vic.netball.com.au/get-involved/pathway/association-champs

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Top 10 Health Benefits of Basketball

Whether you are out shooting hoops by yourself, playing a game of pick-up basketball or on an elite competitive team, basketball is a great way to get fit and stay in shape. In fact, even President Barack Obama plays the game on a daily basis as part of his fitness regimen. Below, we’ve listed a few reasons why playing the game of basketball could help you stay healthy and fit.

Samir Becic, 4 times Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the world and HFR’s  Top 10 Health Benefits of Basketball:


Burns calories

Running, jumping and quick lateral movements done in basketball provide a significant amount of aerobic exercise and can burn a great deal of calories. For each hour of competitive basketball, a 165-pound person can expect to burn around 600 calories, while a 250-pound person can burn up to 900 calories.

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Great for cardiovascular health

Basketball can help you develop cardiovascular endurance, depending on how many times play stops. Keep moving and you’ll keep your heart rate up. Building endurance can help keep your heart healthy, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke later in life.


Develops concentration and self-discipline

Like every other sport, basketball has rules to follow, and breaking them can result in penalties not just for you, but for your team. Practicing self-discipline helps one become more competitive yet fair and clean in their game and focused in succeeding.


Builds bone strength

Jumping and other physical demands of basketball help develop and improve bone health. The stronger your bones, the less likely they are to break. Weight-bearing physical activity causes new bone tissue to form, making bones stronger. Bones and muscles both become stronger when muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity.


Better motor skills and coordination

Free-throw shooting and jump-shooting are particularly helpful for training hand-eye coordination. Rebounding missed shots is another skill that requires a great degree of full-body coordination. The third basic basketball skill, dribbling, requires a finer degree of coordination. When first learning basketball, dribbling trains the hand-eye coordination; once that skilled is mastered, a player will no longer look at the ball while dribbling and the skill will become a pure motor coordination task.


Strength training

Basketball provides an excellent full-body workout and can help develop useful, lean muscle. In this physically intensive contact sport, basketball players are highly reliant on effective body positioning and the ability to maintain that position when an opponent is pushing against him. Playing good defensive basketball can develop your deltoids, traps, neck, lower back and core muscles. Strong legs aid in shooting and running, while the finer movements such as dribbling and shooting are good for strengthening your arms, wrist flexors and hand muscles.


Improves spatial awareness

Spatial awareness is knowing where your body is in space and time. Ever wonder why a cat always lands on its feet? Body awareness. It helps keep you in balance.


Mental development

Basketball requires a wide range of physical skills, but it is also a fast-paced mental game. Research on the mental aspects of basketball has revealed that players must develop a great deal of attention to quickly and accurately process what’s happening on the court and make effective decisions with the ball and on defense. During a fast-paced game, you must train yourself to constantly observe your teammates and opponents and evaluate what course of action to take in response to their actions. This can translate to helping you make quick decisions on the job and in other real-life situations.


Reduces stress and boosts the immune system

Decreasing your stress will help you focus and have more energy to complete tasksPlaying basketball and other sports helps reduce stress and gives players the opportunity to socialize. People who are social are less likely to have depression, and also tend to have a stronger immune system.


Enhances confidence

Basketball truly improves anyone’s confidence. Making good shots and being a part of a good team can increase your self-esteem and help gain more confidence. A confident person has more faith in his or her skills and can face life with a better disposition.

Source: Health Fitness Revolution

Sports Floors by Nellakir bring out the best in every player.

New Sports Flooring Projects for Victorian Schools

Excellent news this week with Nellakir being appointed by Watpac Corporation to construct and complete new Sprung Timber Sports Floors at a further 3 Government Schools under the PPP (Private Partnership) Project being implemented across regional and Metropolitan Melbourne.

Torquay North Primary School Gymnasium Flooring


torquay-north-ps-masterplanThe first of these is to be the tentatively named Torquay North Primary School (Interim name). Again this school provides a community focus, a hub for local families to gather and enjoy community, arts, sports and recreation programs. The school plans to accommodate 400 students.

Clarke Hopkins Clarke is again the Architect for this project. Nellakir are to supply an expanded Gymnasium flooring built and constructed to Netball Victoria standards.

Armstrong Creek Education Program Gymnasium Flooring


Armstrong Creek Learning CentreThe next major project to be completed is at the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct (Interim name). This is another brand new precinct.

The site will be dedicated to Special Education Provision from Prep to Year 12 as well as a mainstream program for Prep through to Grade 6. The Special School will accommodate 208 students whilst the Primary School will accommodate 400 students. This will include Oberon High School relocating to this precinct.

With the same Architect and builders Nellakir will be constructing a sprung timber sports flooring for both an indoor Gymnasium built to Netball Victoria standards as well as a Half Court Gymnasium.

North Geelong Developmental School Gymnasium and Games Hall Flooring


north-geelong-sds-masterplan-v2The final school in this round of approvals is the new North Geelong Developmental School (Interim name). As with the previous two projects this is in fact another PPP (Private Partnership) Project being developed and overseen by Learning Communities Victoria (LCV) Consortium made up of Amber (Sponsor), Clarke Hopkins Clarke (Architects), Watpac as Builder, Spotless as Facilities Manager with CERES and the YMCA as community partners. It has been specifically designed to service children with a disability aged from 5 to 18 years.

Here a specialist Gymnasium and Games Hall will see Nellakir construct Sprung Timber Sports Flooring designed to harmonise with specialty equipment designed for sensory movement, mobility and therapy activities.

Hamilton Leisure and Aquatic Centre Court Refurbishment


The Hamilton Leisure and Aquatic Centre Refurbishment on two indoor Sprung Timber Sports Floors continues and the annual maintenance on the other two courts is now complete.

Nellakir continues to lead the way in the creation, development and maintenance of high quality, hard wearing Sprung Timber Sports Flooring throughout Metropolitan Melbourne, regional cities and throughout all parts of Victoria and Tasmania.