How do we get more people to take part in sport? It’s a big talking point. Is it simply a case of creating more facilities, or making better use of the ones we already have? And how can we maximise the use of our leisure centres, sports fields, and university parks? In order to understand how we use our sports facilities, and encourage people to take up more sport, we first need to look at how people currently use the facilities.
Using technology, not only is the construction sector able to monitor how people use those facilities, but also look at maintenance costs. Using AI and other technologies, we are now able to track usage without the need for human input.
Using the data from technology we can assess if hockey is more popular than football, and whether busy sports facilities are really that busy – or whether it’s a case of changing how those facilities are used.
Pardon the pun, but using technology on the future of sports facilities is a ‘game changer.’ We are now able to see not just how current facilities are used, but how our future new sports facilities can be improved to encourage social investment in order to ensure that sport is part of healthy lifestyles and that our facilities aren’t just pitches and courts, but are a destination for social interaction.