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    Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Receives New Safety Padding in Gymnasiums

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 21, 2021 10:01:05 AM

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    It is commonly believed that if everyone viewed the world through the eyes of children, society would be a much better place. Despite being at more preliminary stages of development, children see no value-based distinction amongst varying ethnicities, genders, or socioeconomic backgrounds. Implementing this child-like acceptance and celebrating the differences of each individual, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGC) has created a safe space for children and teens aged 6-18.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Gymnasium

    More Than Just Luck: St. Patrick High School Renovates Secondary Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 6, 2021 10:33:52 AM

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    For many people, a reference to the “saints” may conjure up a very specific image. For example, some might associate the title with religious beliefs or medieval artwork. Others, however, may connect the word to a pop culture or sports reference -- such as the film Rudy or the New Orleans Saints. For the people of Thunder Bay, Ontario, however, the term serves as a reminder of St. Patrick High School.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Sports Equipment, Custom Padding, Gymnasium, Digital Print Pads

    New Wall Mounted Cover Racks for Western University

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 9, 2021 10:00:00 AM

    Western U Gym Floor Covers-01Western University, in London, ON, is well loved for its athletic programs by students and fans alike. Recently, we highlighted Sport Systems' acquisition of a major project involving the TD Waterhouse Stadium. While such jobs are exciting to work on, Sport Systems recognizes the importance of our smaller-scale projects and executing them with the same level of excellence. For that reason, Sport Systems eagerly accepted the invitation to install floor coverings in Western’s gym.

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    Topics: Gymnasium Floor Covers, Gymnasium

    New Telescopic Bleachers for Campbellford High School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 29, 2020 6:15:18 AM

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     Known for its vast farmlands and access to water, Campbellford, Ontario is also often regarded as the midway point between the provincial capital of Toronto and the national capital of Ottawa.

    While perhaps small in comparison to the above-named cities, Campbellford is home to a number of notable businesses including Church-Key Brewing Company, Biommer Chocolate Company, the Dart Container Corporation (foam cups anyone?), one of the regions last remaining rural cheese factories, as well as the home to the highly specialized wooden boat builder, Clarion Boats.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Gymnasium

    COVID-19 & Preparation for the 2020-21 School Year 

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 27, 2020 2:53:00 AM

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    As anyone can reasonably expect, there has been a lot of talk about the 2020-21 school year and athletic programming. While few know how this year will shape up, there are plans currently being put in place in states and provinces across North America to ensure a safe return to school.

    With the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, schools and countless numbers of businesses were instantly shuttered in the interest of public safety. Following these abrupt closures came a lot of questions, not only about how students would complete the school year, but what this could potentially mean for next year’s students.

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    Topics: Gymnasium Floor Covers, Gymnasium, COVID-19

    A New Gym Divider Curtain for the Yellowknife School District #1

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 6, 2020 3:45:00 AM

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    Nestled high in the great Canadian North, the Northwest Territories is an expansive swath of land covering nearly 1.1 million km2.The remote landscape is made up of forest, mountains, tundra and a number of islands dotting Canada’s Arctic archipelago.

    In the central region of this vast Canadian Territory lies the city of Yellowknife. As the only city in the territory, the province’s capital resides along the northern shores of Great Slave Lake.

    It was here where we were invited to participate in one of our most recent projects. As part of the Yellowknife Education District No. 1, we were invited to Sir John Franklin High School located in the eastern portion of the city. In search of a replacement solution for an outdated partition, our team was brought in to assess its current condition and provide a long-term solution to the gymnasium’s separation needs.

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    Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Gymnasium

    Making Your Gymnasium Work for You

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 25, 2019 5:34:25 AM

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    When it comes to your school or local gymnasium, much of the activities that take place on the court are athletic in nature and make up the majority of the time and energy spent in the space. For many facility managers and operators out there, getting bogged down in the day-to-day can sometimes get in the way of ensuring that these types of athletic spaces are working for us as well.

    The fact is, your gymnasium should also serve your facility, be it a school or community centre, as an additional source of revenue. While this is common sense to many, there are a number of ways you might not have thought of that can contribute to your operation’s bottom line.

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    Topics: Gymnasium Floor Covers, Gym Divider Curtains, Scorers Tables, Gymnasium

    Assessing Flood Damage in a Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 1, 2019 4:27:54 AM

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    A common problem in the spring months for much of Canada and the United States is the risk of flooding from the melting of snow and the rising of rivers and other waterways. As we are seeing particularly in Canada over the past few weeks, flooding is ravaging communities here in our neck of the woods as well as in many others.

    While the priority for assistance is focused primarily on residential properties (as it should be), those working in facility operation or management also know how detrimental Acts of God such as flooding can have on their facility.

    That said, flooding from natural disasters is not the only risk these operators face with regards to water damage. Leaking roofs and faulty sprinkler systems, for example, can also wreak havoc on gymnasiums if too much time passes.

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    Topics: Gymnasium

    Gymnasiums Used as Multipurpose Facilities

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 28, 2018 4:10:00 AM

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    Gymnasiums, once used solely for basketball games or gym class in public schools during the 1960s and 1970s are now becoming popular venues for social and community events. Over the decades, the large open space design of gymnasiums has been used as a makeshift setting for a large capacity banquet or an occasional awards assembly for the small local community. Fortunately, in the designs of today’s gyms, this multi-purpose concept has been embraced and modernized to accommodate an array of activities from sports and athletics to community events.

    Making Your Facility a Winner

    Whether you are interested in renovating and upgrading an existing gymnasium or creating a brand new one, solutions are available. With sports equipment, seating and lighting options available come in an array of designs ranging from stationary to foldable and even retractable, to allow space for other purposes. Gym divider curtains are also available to section off spaces for various events. Additionally, there is a wide selection of flooring options as well, all of which will help in making your facility a winner. 

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    Topics: Equipment Design, Gymnasium

    The Constant Movement of a Brilliantly Planned Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 28, 2018 5:07:12 AM

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    Athletic programming is a crowded space. With more participants perhaps than ever before, facility owners and operators are always scrambling to not only offer cutting-edge equipment but to also ensure every inch of space is properly utilized.

    When it comes to gymnasium equipment, the list is long and highly customized. With expansions in program offerings in educational and community-based facilities, the need for additional equipment is seemingly never ending.

    For operators of busy facilities, the need for speed and automation is growing with each day that passes. When it comes to educational facilities such as schools, colleges and universities, the gymnasium is typically a heavily scheduled location, catering to a variety of programming and athletic competition.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Gym Divider Curtains, Volleyball Equipment, Gymnasium

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