One of Gislaved's Municipality multifunction/local sports facilities
For some years Swedish municipalities around the country have put a lot of effort in constructing multifunction/local
sports facilities. The aim is to stimulate children and young people to play more sport, and to hopefully encourage
more youngsters to get involved in club activities.
" – The response has been great and it turns out that adults are using these facilities too," says Kent Kruuse, leisure manager
at Gislaved Municipality.
" – One important thing was to ensure a good surface, to minimise injuries from falls, etc. It should feel comfortable and have
suitable properties for the various ball game activities, but also stand up to all weather conditions and drain rapidly in rainy
conditions, while also being hard-wearing and attractive. We discussed our requirements and wishes with Bergo Flooring,
who manufacture multifunctional flooring for demanding environments, including sports floors.
" – We agreed to test their multisport floor at Sörgård school in Gislaved. Along with various line markings, the floor was also
painted with the municipality's logo. The result was excellent and the floor has played a big role in increasing the level of
activity at the site. The youngsters have even been asking whether they actually are allowed to wear
shoes! (which, of course, they are...)
This represents an important step towards achieving our objective of encouraging more sports. Strengthened by the success
of the first floor, additional venues will now be given a similar floor. The intention is that it will become a standard in Gislaved
Municipality. If we were to pass on one useful tip to other municipalities, it would be to think carefully about the floor when
planning multifunctional and local sports facilities," says Kent Kruuse.
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