Nellakir works with Schools in maintaining High Grade Sprung Timber Sports Flooring

We reprint here in full an article from School News, a national magazine distributed to all primary and secondary schools Australia wide. it features an interview with Nellakir Managing Director Rick Allen on both the Construction of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring for indoor school stadiums as well as some useful tips on the ongoing maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring to ensure its optimum performance for years to come.

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Sprung Timber Sports Floors for Sustained Performance

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State Netball and Hockey Centre with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring by Nellakir

In term four it’s time to regenerate sports fields and empty your school pool for cleaning (if you have one). This is the period for any large scale maintenance to occur, while the clatter of not so tiny feet is heard elsewhere, and the school is quiet.

Multi-purpose sports halls take some punishing traffic throughout the school year and require constant attention. The life expectancy of sports surfaces ranges from 15 to more than 50 years, with various options available to suit a multiplicity of sports. Each substance requires a material-specific maintenance and replacement regime – and all will underperform if this is not adequately managed.

Sharing the mantle with Christmas and New Year, summer holidays in Australia can be a difficult time to get things done; thinking ahead is imperative. School News consulted Rick Allen from Nellakir, for the lowdown on a maintenance schedule for existing sprung timber floors, and what’s involved with installing new timber flooring for your sporting facility.

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Industry View

Mr Allen says indoor sprung timber flooring is gaining popularity, and that government subsidies have mitigated the drain on the budget, making it well worth a look. “In Victoria, for example, the Private Partnership Project (PPP) has facilitated the construction of new sprung timber sports floors at government schools across regional and Metropolitan Melbourne.”

He says the Victorian government has undertaken to co-fund facilities at primary schools that will be available to local sporting competitions outside school hours. “The rationale behind the PPP is to fully embed the school in local community and neighbourhood life.”

“Nellakir has constructed sprung timber floors for eight of these new PPP sports facilities since the PPP began in 2016, and the the courts are used by the schools as well as for the broader local community.”

“Sprung timber sports floors are shaping up as the top pick for government initiatives, and the trend is extending to other states,” he said. “The Victorian government has commissioned the construction of the state’s first ‘vertical’ school in Ferrars St, South Melbourne. Nellakir is providing a multipurpose, sprung timber sports floor for the school – with a full size indoor court suitable for basketball, netball, volleyball, gymnastics, and for school assemblies.”

Mr Allen says the reason for the shift towards sprung timber is its high level of resilience, durability and sustained performance. “Its long life expectancy is an attractive prospect, especially when dealing with a provider that can offer schools a life-time maintenance service.”

“While installing sprung timber flooring ensures students are playing on surfaces primed for premium sports competition, these school gyms do draw a crowd. With local basketball, netball and volleyball competitions using the facilities, they sustain heavy traffic, which makes for real wear and tear.”

“Timber is a ‘living’ material,” he continued. “It requires regular treatment, to ensure it maintains bounce and surface regularity.”

“The surface of the court has a specialist coating of oil modified urethane that enables the glide, the speed, and reliability players depend upon in all levels of competition. On busy court surfaces, re-application should occur annually.” Mr Allen says superficial maintenance requirements should be minimal: “Line markings should only be required at re-sand, except in cases where regular maintenance has not occurred.”

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Maintenance Schedule

Sprung timber floors require a simple re-coating every 12 months to maintain the high level of surface quality and slip resistance – while a complete re-sanding should occur every seven to 12 years. The annual re-coating replenishes the floor, according to Mr Allen, though regular examination of the surface is advised. “Sport finishes are designed for grip, and the time it takes to wear will also depend on the extent and frequency of use.”

“Re-coating maintains the grip required from the floor for elite sports action, maintains essential safety features especially important for schools – and lastly, it maintains the aesthetic appeal.”

“With wear and tear and the build-up of finishes (coatings), re-sanding brings sports flooring back to the original brand-new state,” he explained.

The process involves a total sanding back of the floor. The surface then requires reapplication of the finish and protective coatings that give sprung timber sports floors that sleek, polished appearance.

Long-range upkeep, will eventually involve removal and replacement. “After a specified period of time, which will depend on usage, upkeep, and wear and tear, sports flooring will need replacing,” Mr Allen advised.

In the ‘cosmetic repair’ category, line markings may need to be refreshed. A variation in line markings may also be required, when new sports are embraced by the school community.

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Stadium seating

Specific seating designed to sit safely atop the gloss finish of the sprung timber flooring is also recommended. To guard against slip-related accidents, as well as damage to the flooring from abrasive materials, seating can be sourced from timber floor providers.

“Regular safety assessments of flooring and seating should be conducted by your provider,” Mr Allen noted. “From a public liability perspective, this process is highly recommended.”

Receiving monitoring and maintenance on both flooring and seating from the original installer means “all repairs to stadium seating are based on original specifications, ensuring required integrity and functionality”. Mr Allen says sprung timber sports floors have gained the confidence of schools; sporting clubs and associations, and governments, due to their versatility, long product life, and aesthetic appeal. He said, “if an experienced supplier with a comprehensive service package is involved, the installation takes the skinned knees out of netball and the headaches out of maintenance for years to come”.

Source: School News

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New Stadiums a must for Women’s Sports in Victoria

Over the last 50 years in Victoria, women’s sporting facilities have not received the same funding as have those for men’s sports such as Cricket and Football. The current Government, through its Private/Public Partnership project have to some extent addressed this with construction of modern competition Basketball/Netball courts incorporated in both New School construction and school refurbishment projects. Utilising competition grade timber sports flooring, Nellakir has constructed many of these courts over recent times. The courts are then used by the schools and the broader local community for recreational use.

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In itself the PPP program doesn’t guarantee access for all local competitions. Many Netball teams and competitions struggle to gain access to the premium facilities, based on the shortage of such facilities and the overwhelming demand for their usage by various groups.

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Two such instances had an impact on this weeks news. The demolition of the Chadstone Bowling Club to make way for a new Sports Stadium that will cater for the Stonnington area over the next decade, providing a new facility for the existing population that is at present grossly underserviced facility wise. The case has received wide publicity. Stonnington Council estimates there will be at least 30,000 new arrivals in this area in the next decade. It pointed to the fact that currently for those wishing to play Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or other minor sports requiring Timber Sports Flooring in a designated stadium there is only one court for every 5190 residents who wish to play such sports. The ratio for more traditional, generally male dominated sports such as Cricket and Football is 724 residents per pitch or oval. Bowls or Tennis players rated 255 residents per court.

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In Northcote the situation is demonstrably similar in terms of demographics and assets dedicated to those who choose to play the stadium based sports of Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or similar. There is a particular failing identified in the Darebin area, but by no means is it restricted to Darebin. Facilities for women and girls sports are manifestly inadequate across the board.

Blood on the courts in Northcote netball stoush

Anyone pining for a taste of Northcote’s lost reputation as a tough part of town should skip High Street’s bourgeois bars and boutiques and head for the junior netball courts.

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Carly Kluge, president of the Parkside Netball Club, with players.  Photo: Eddie Jim

“When you are really trying hard and go for a ball and miss you’ve got a lot of blood on elbows and knees going on; we’re constantly restocking first aid kits,” Parkside Netball Club president Carly Kluge​ said.

The club of 150 members trains on a lumpy car park that fills with puddles after it rains, or on outdoor courts at two neighbourhood primary schools, because it can’t get access to an indoor court.

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Participation rates for netball in Darebin are much lower than average. Photo: Rob Gunstone

According to a 2014 council report there are just 13 netball courts in the city of Darebin, which has a population of almost 150,000.

The dearth of good netball courts is a problem that stretches right across the Northcote electorate, Darebin council says, unlike the male-dominated sports of cricket and football, which have numerous available fields on which to play.

With the political spotlight on Northcote, which faces a byelection on November 18, the council – four of whose nine councillors are Greens – has sought to pressure the Andrews government to build better facilities.

It wants the Labor government to help it build a $32 million indoor sports stadium, big enough for 5000 members, at the John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

Darebin has committed $6.5 million of its own funds to the proposal and wants the Andrews government to invest $25 million.

The council has also proposed naming the stadium after Fiona Richardson, the Labor MP for Northcote and Minister for Women, whose death from cancer in August has forced the byelection.

The government has so far focused its campaign for Northcote on housing affordability and renters’ rights, in an electorate where median house prices have grown to well above $1 million.

The Greens have tried to wedge Labor on the continued logging of native forests.

The council’s whistle-blowing on the lack of sporting facilities for girls seeks to bring the campaign back to local issues.

“For more than a century the majority of public money has been invested in facilities that cater to men,” Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said.

The lack of good local facilities meant women and girls were forced to change in their cars, then play on substandard outdoor courts, Cr Le Cerf said.

“In 2017, why are we still letting girls down so badly?”

Minister for Sport John Eren​ said the government had already spent almost $2.5 million on building and upgrading netball courts in Darebin and did not rule out council’s proposed stadium.

“We’re already working closely with council on this proposal and are considering their application,” Mr Eren said.

A 2014 report by Netball Victoria found participation rates in Darebin were less than a third of the state average: just 0.70 per cent of people in the municipality play organised netball, compared with 2.3 per cent statewide.

Julie Zucco​, president of the Darebin Netball Association, argued this was not for lack of interest.

Competition with other sports such as volleyball and basketball for scarce court space was so intense that the association had cut back the number of nights it has competitive matches from four to two a week, Ms Zucco said.

“New courts, new facilities would mean a huge impact for us,” she said.

“It would mean a lot more children would be able to get in and play sport where they may be missing out at this present stage.”

source: theage.com.au

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Nellakir are enthusiastic in supporting the further development of Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Badminton facilities. As a company Nellakir is Victoria’s leading builder and supplier of high quality Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. When constructed Nellakir can provide sensible, practical long term maintenance programs for all competition rated Sports Flooring and Stadium Seating.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here on our website and our team will contact you to further discuss your needs.

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Nellakir – Sports Flooring for Champions

Gold Coast Netball Carnival: 8th July – 15th July, 2017.

This year there is again the opportunity for Netball teams Australia wide to compete at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival, a ‘friendly’ held each year to coincide with the school holidays. With over 562 teams having competed, including teams from New Zealand and Britain, it’s a great opportunity for those living in the Southern States caught up in the winter cold to enjoy the brilliant winter sunshine in Queensland, and compete in a great competition..

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Visit the theme parks, enjoy the sand, surf and Sun. There is competition ranging from under 8 (Senior Division) to the ‘mini Division’ for 12 years and under. The event is held at the Carrera Netball Association facility at 166 Benawa Rd, Ashmore. The courts are outdoor and have full lighting. The venue is close to accommodation such as the RACV Resort, Royal Pines at Benawa.

The event has now been held for 14 years and is a popular fixture for many interstate clubs taking advantage of the week long Netball Carnival, focussed on Sportsmanship and the spirit of the game. To date over 8,000 players have benefitted from attending the carnival and enjoying the competition.

Meanwhile, Nellakir are now into the major construction phase on a number of new projects.

The Bendigo Stadium project with three brand new all purpose sprung timber sports flooring courts to be constructed sees materials delivered in early July and construction underway by the end of July.

The three Public Private Partnership projects being undertaken with Watpac Construction at Armstrong Creek, North Geelong and Torquay North will receive delivery of materials in the next few weeks with construction on all sites commencing soon afterwards. The Frankston Special Developmental School project is well underway on the 1/2 court basketball sports flooring and looks to be completed in about 10 days.

And last but not least, its time to consider your cyclical maintenance on your valuable sports flooring surfaces. The midyear break for schools and Sporting Competitions provides an excellent window for all maintenance activity – Sports Floor Annual Maintenance, Floor Sanding, Line Marking, maintenance of Stadium Seating and Resurfacing of existing floors in Stadiums, Gymnasiums and Assembly Halls.

For all requirements on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring – Call Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 for expert service and delivery.

Netball – The Best Game

Netball is Australia’s most popular womens sport catering for competitions ranging from Junior through to Senior with an Australia-wide premium competition that currently is featured on Free to Air Television – Netball Australia’s 8 team National Competition.

Nellakir have been involved with the construction of most premium competition courts in the Greater Melbourne area and the nearby Regional Cities. The Nellakir team constructed the current Victorian Netball Centre main courts. These are constructed in  premium sprung timber sports flooring and can be viewed on our website here

As well the company is actively involved in cyclical maintenance of a large number of courts both in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria currently used for premium competitive Netball.

At Nellakir we believe in fostering the sport of Netball as a healthy, regular team sport. The Victorian State Government PPP program is now ensuring that kids have a genuine opportunity to play and participate in most parts of Melbourne and rural Victoria. The PPP (Public Private Partnership) program is ensuring that Netball Courts are incorporated in the majority of new schools built and also with school upgrades.

Netball is a skilful game. It requires quick thinking and action with good hand to eye coordination. it is fast becoming a recognised international sport and in all likelihood may well feature at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

It is more than interesting seeing the sport regain a foothold in the USA. This is where it started many years ago, as a genteel version of Basketball for ‘proper young ladies’. However since those days the game has evolved dramatically and it is now a fast paced, incredibly skilful game with major differences to Basketball. This includes court position, no dribbling the ball, no contact and the three second rule that requires ball disposal within a three second period. It’s a wonderful team sport that encourages the development of physical, mental and social skill sets.

For anyone looking to encourage their children to play sport and exercise, Netball is an excellent choice. For those of you interested we have placed a video this week on Facebook featuring the growth of the game in New York. You can watch it here

And remember in junior grades boys can play too! So step to it. Netball is the buzz. Enrol your children for real fun and fitness now. And you never know – if they’re playing indoors on a sprung timber sports floor – it’s probably a Nellakir floor!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.