The SGL Team has an excellent appreciation of sport, from a playing, coaching, administration and volunteering perspective – it is in our DNA. We can assist sporting organisations to become more effective and efficient.  We are also community facility specialists. No-one can predict the future; however SGL can help you prepare for the future. We can develop short, medium and long term strategies to meet the changing sport, recreation and open space needs and demands of your community or market.

SGL can deliver planning strategies ranging from national, regional, state or district  wide plans to local plans for recreation or sporting reserves and facilities, and provide the full skill sets required to review, develop and lead specific facility developments.

Relevant Services

  • National, Regional or District Facility Strategy
  • Sports Field and Open Space Strategy
  • Independent Facility Review and Development

National, Regional or District Facility Strategy

Developing national, regional or district facility strategy provides a high-level strategic framework for facilities planning for your sport or recreation activity. Facility strategies are designed to provide direction on what should be done and crucially, what should not be done, as you focus on thinking about the specific sporting or recreation facilities needed at a national, regional or district level to meet the needs of your community. SGL can help your organisation define your strategic objectives, and develop hierarchical network of ‘fit-for-purpose’ facilities. We will help you to Identify and recommend a network of accessible and sustainable facilities that meet your community needs for now and into the future.

Sports Field and Open Space Strategy

Local government authorities and their constituents have a need for community places on open space which requires succinct policy and strategy to underpin the provision and enrichment of open space within a given jurisdiction. Developing an Open Space Strategy requires government authorities to develop engagement, negotiations and responses to private and public land owners in relation to open space. Open space strategies provide service plans and planning tools that aid government authorities and assist decision making in relation to the planning, protection or development of open space environments.  SGL has worked with a range of government authorities to enable options for the development of open space to be prioritised, programmed, and provide a basis to evaluate and respond to proposals for the use of open space.

Sports Field and Open Space Strategy

Independent Facility Review and Development

Undertaking strategic facilities reviews are an important way that sport and recreation organisations can ensure their facilities continue to meet the needs and demands of their community. Over time facilities can become outdated, as regulations change, sporting codes evolve, or community trends  develop. SGL has worked with a variety of government and non-government clients over the years to undertake independent reviews of a range of sport and recreation facilities in order to ask these very questions, and provide recommendations and implementable solutions to remedy a facility, or adapt the facility to take advantage of new and emerging opportunities.

Our process

Case studies

Westbrook Sports Precinct Master Planning – Rotorua Lakes Council
SGL and BOON supported by Rawlinsons led the development process for this 76-hectare area owed by Rotorua Lakes Council – This Precinct includes Rotorua’s Outdoor Stadium and is the current home of Rotorua netball, hockey, rugby, athletics, touch, cricket and the 18-hole Springfield Golf Course. Although the BOP Places and Spaces Strategy was in place, [...]
Swan Hill Aquatic Strategy – Victoria (2019)
Swan Hill Rural City Council is the north of Victoria along the River Murray. The aquatic strategy included an assessment of the condition of existing aquatic facilities through an engineering assessment and technical audits together with identification of the level and standards of aquatic recreation facilities that Council should provide for residents across the region. […]
City of Greater Geelong Indoor Sports Courts Needs Analysis – Victoria (2020)
The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) sought to update its Indoor Recreation Facilities Strategy, which was finalised in 2014. Whilst the 2014 Strategy was finalised, it was not formally adopted by Council. Due to significant growth and development within the CoGG LGA, this strategy needed to be refreshed to consider current growth challenges and changing […]
Howick Local Board Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan – Auckland Council (2015 and update 2018)
Howick is a rapidly growing area of Auckland with about 130,000 people in 2018. SGL was commissioned to develop a sport and recreation facility plan for Howick Local Board which from a demand perspective considered the community demographics and the needs of about 30 different sports, and from a supply perspective considered the current facility status and future [...]
Sports Field Needs and Options Assessment – Hamilton City Council (2020)
Too often Councils can have sports field demand assessments without a corresponding assessment of supply strategy and cost implications. SGL’s Field Needs and Options Assessment reviewed previous demand work and then with the HCC staff team reviewed supply option. Specifically, this report: Reviewed previous reports’ field recommendations relative to demand and supply requirements, and compared […]

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