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SAPCA Appoints New Technical Manager

Wed 23rd May 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

SAPCA, the Sports and Play Construction Association, has appointed Mike Cox as its new Technical Manager.

Chris Trickey, CEO of SAPCA said, "One of the most important areas of SAPCA’s activity is the technical programme, including its quality assurance role and the new Pitch & Track Registration Scheme. Mike will be pivotal in driving the programme forward to ensure quality and standards continue to be raised across the industry. He has a perfect background for this having worked at the sharp end – designing and building sports and play facilities.”

Mike Cox started his working life as a landscape architect, working on projects such as Kuwait Parks in Kuwait City and the Silver Jubilee Walk in London Docklands. From there he became an award-winning golf course architect, working on numerous golf course designs and restoration projects. For the past 10 years, Mike has worked as a project manager and been involved in a diverse range of projects from restoration of part of the Trans-Pennine Way to ecological work for RSPB to the Kings Cross redevelopment and latterly on park and infrastructure projects in Stratford, London for Summer 2012.

“Having had the good fortune to work in sports and play construction with some of the 230 SAPCA members for much of my career, I have always respected the extraordinary specialist knowledge and professionalism that we show in sports and play in the UK. We should be proud of this industry sector and build on the high quality showcase we now have for sport in 2012”, commented Mike.

“The online codes of practice, technical and legislative guidance, that SAPCA provides, have been of invaluable assistance to me in the past in the design and specification of sports and play facilities. One of my key responsibilities will be to develop and strengthen the Association’s technical guidance and to liaise with member companies on technical matters. In the process I look forward to working closely with sports councils, sports governing bodies and funding agencies to ensure that the industry continues to meet the growing demands of the sports and play facility marketplace.”

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