Sports halls are often much more than just places for recreation. Here, Lewis Cooper, our Education Segment Manager at Forbo Flooring, looks at why multi-purpose sports halls are so important for schools and colleges and what to consider when selecting sports hall flooring.
For education facilities, sports halls are not just used to enable exercise and sport, but also for a wide range of other purposes including assemblies and ceremonies, exams and extra-curricular activities. Designing a multi-use space can also provide an income stream for educational institutions.
In fact, Sport England guidance notes that a four-court hall operating for 48 weeks per year can generate as much as £48,000 annually after expenses. This is based on 40 hours of community use during evenings and weekends, allowing the school or college to make full use of it during the day.
The BS EN 14904 is the main standard for indoor sports flooring based on key performance criteria such as deformation and energy absorption. It classifies sports flooring into categories based on their construction such as Point Elastic, Area Elastic and Combined Elastic floors.
Due to the variety of uses of sports hall flooring, it is important to have sports flooring installed that can meet the latest requirements and demands.
Cleaning and maintenance must also be considered. Flooring that is durable and simple to clean will help maintain the look of the floor for longer and ensure any contaminants that present a slip risk are effectively removed.
It can also minimise the time spent on cleaning, helping maintenance staff to use their time more effectively.
Furthermore, selecting a product with resistance to indentation and rolling loads will also help to ensure that minimal maintenance is required throughout its lifespan – particularly in sports and community halls that use bleacher systems.
Finally, the design options available must be evaluated when selecting the right sports flooring solution. While there is a range of different possibilities, the most suitable pattern, colour or design will depend on the needs of the multi-purpose hall user.
Here at Forbo, we have recently launched Sportline Multi Use to the UK market. Already tried and trusted internationally with over 1 million m² installed so far, this high-performance vinyl sheet has been specifically designed for schools as sports flooring for multi-purpose sports halls.
Forbo sports hall flooring meets Sport England requirements, complies with BS EN 14904 (P1 classification), is a safe, durable and low maintenance solution and is suitable for a wide range of sports and activities.
Our Sportline multi-use collection includes four natural wood designs: grey oak, natural oak, light beech and warm beech, as well as eight vibrant contemporary colours. Depending on requirements, court markings can be applied with ease.
Forbo has a wide range of flooring for education facilities, from Coral and Nuway entrance flooring systems and acoustic flooring solutions for use in classrooms and corridors, to Step safety solutions for canteens and changing rooms.
The addition of Sportline Multi-Use to our portfolio means flooring solutions for every area of the building can be sourced from a single supplier, whatever the requirement.
For more information and support on choosing the right sports hall flooring for your next project, get in touch with the team at Forbo today.