When to Repair and When to Replace Telescopic Bleachers

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Dec 5, 2019 12:15:00 AM


If your facility is fortunate enough to have a retractable bleacher system in place, you likely cannot imagine life without it. These systems are particularly handy in spaces such as gymnasiums, lecture halls, pool decks and other spaces that require a little flexibility and versatility when it comes to seating.

For these reasons alone, there truly is no better choice than purchasing a bank or two of retractable bleachers that easily open or close on command (in some cases by manual command).

Much is riding on your seating and the moment it becomes unsafe is the moment it becomes a serious concern for any facility manager. With safety being of paramount concern, irregular operation of any kind should be carefully inspected and any problems exposed, and remedied right away.

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Folding Partition Replacements for All Saints & St. Matthew Catholic High Schools

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 28, 2019 6:20:09 AM


Working locally here in the Ottawa area, we were involved in another exciting project with the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). Covering an area of roughly 2,900 square kilometers in the National Capital Region, the OCSB is home to over 4,600 staff members and operates a total of 85 institutions including 69 elementary schools, 15 high schools and one intermediate school.

As part of some sweeping upgrades to a number of the schools under the board’s management, we were invited to scope a unique project for a couple of the schools not far from our headquarters.

As is common in many aging educational facilities, some of the athletic equipment previously installed inside the gymnasium can become deemed unsafe for use by students and staff members.

One area of great concern and one which we have years of experience in handling is the demolition, removal, and replacement of outdated partition walls used to separate athletic spaces, mainly in gymnasiums.

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Topics: Gym Divider Curtains

Choosing the Right Martial Arts Mat for Your Facility

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 21, 2019 5:27:39 AM


When it comes to martial arts training facilities, no two are exactly the same. While many differ in design, they also differ in use and specialization. When it comes to dedicated martial arts gyms, the choice of padding and mats is usually of the highest grade possible.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are a number of multi-use facilities, community centres and the like that also offer martial arts programming and for their uses, a different grade of padding could suit their situation more specifically.

While we certainly have the ability to get highly customized in designing any martial arts-style padding, we traditionally offer two main martial arts padding products for these highly specialized facilities.

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Topics: Gym Mats, Custom Gym Mats

Products To Help Your Gymnastics Facility Shine

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 14, 2019 4:28:15 AM


Cartwheels, back handsprings, handstands, tumbling and balancing are all part of the day-to-day operations of today’s busy gymnastics facilities.

One of the fastest-growing segments in terms of athletic participation, today’s facilities are getting bigger and often require a great deal of planning to set up but also to keep current with what participants and parents want.

With over 40 years in the business, we have seen the growth in this sector firsthand and have adjusted our product offering accordingly. In addition to growing our product line to meet the demands, we have also turned to research and development to ensure we carry the products that are the safest available.

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Topics: Bleachers, Seating Solutions, Wall Padding

A Complete Gymnasium Upgrade for Ecole Secondaire Catholique Garneau

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 8, 2019 4:57:25 AM


Named after one of the most prolific Canadian writers of the nineteenth century,François-Xavier Garneau, the École Secondaire Catholique Garneau follows this historical Canadian’s lead on continuing to develop French Canadian culture.

Located in the east of Canada’s Capital, the school’s motto revolves around the words of Michael Montaigne who said, “The gain of the study, it is becoming better and wiser.” Today, École Secondaire Catholique Garneau invites students to engage in a perpetual momentum of improvement, progress,and wisdom through the pursuit of knowledge and excellence.

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Topics: Basketball Equipment, Gym Divider Curtains, Bleachers

Key Elements of Inclusive, Safe and Calming Padded Spaces

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 24, 2019 4:45:26 AM


As our awareness of mental health continues to expand so too does the need for properly planned and inclusive spaces. These spaces are highly customized in design and often feature unique elements created with the end user or users in mind.

Today, these padded spaces are used in a number of different applications ranging from healthcare facilities and educational facilities such as schools, to a variety of mental health institutions.

With the rise in demand for these types of spaces, we have transformed our custom padding department to not only handle the increased volume of requests but have also invested in research and partnerships that aid us in ensuring they are as safe and welcoming as possible.

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Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms, Correctional Facility Padding

An Outdoor-Themed Calming Room for an Ontario High School

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 17, 2019 5:24:52 AM


Working closely once again with our partners at Avron Canada, we completed an incredibly important job which began in late summer.  Keeping with the rising trend of creating inclusive and safe spaces for children with special needs or for those who simply need reprieve from time to time, our attention turned to one school that wanted desperately to make a difference for one of their students.

The school was home to one student that for reasons unknown, would become incredibly self-abusive. While the school did have a small “safe” room, it was quite small and was not set up to accommodate him.

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Topics: Wall Padding, Padded Rooms


Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 11, 2019 9:32:38 AM



SPORT SYSTEMS (SSCI) has spent the past three decades working hard to reach the top by working closely with clients in providing highly customized athletic facility installations. Our products are built to stand the test of time; our footprint has spread across Canada and now around the world! As a three-time award winner of PROFIT Magazine’s Fastest Growing Canadian Companies, SSCI has cemented itself as the most growth-driven, sales-focused company in the institutional athletic equipment market.

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NOW HIRING - Construction/Installation Worker

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 9, 2019 12:35:44 PM


Here we grow again!

We are looking for experienced and hard-working individuals to join our installation and construction team. These positions offer full-time hours, competitive wages and a great working environment.

Please apply via email to  - see below for full description

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Three Banks of Retractable Bleachers for Millard South High School in Nebraska

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 1, 2019 4:49:16 AM


Following the success of a number of projects in Nebraska including a new grandstand bleacher for Pawnee Park in Columbus and new telescopic bleachers for Omaha Christian Academy, we were once again paired with our partners at Crouch Recreation.

Uncovering a wonderful opportunity to replace some outdated retractable bleachers in an Omaha high school, key stakeholders at Crouch Recreation brought the project to our attention and we quickly pooled our resources to have a detailed look at the project.

Located at Millard South High School in western Omaha were a number of retractable bleachers that no longer could satisfy building and safety codes and were quickly becoming a maintenance headache for the local high school.

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Topics: Bleachers

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