Sports, Clubs and Recreation

We seek guidance from the NZ Cancer society on the minimum shade guidelines for sports grounds and facilities across the country during the summer months. These take into account playing, spectator and refreshment areas.
Working closely with our customers in this sector, we can provide bespoke shade solutions to protect against the elements, whether it’s for a private club or a public park.

Be Sun Smart

We encourage everyone to be sun smart, because we know and understand the risks when people are exposed to UV rays – in some cases this can be life threatening or fatal. UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, with over 90% of all skin cancers developing as a result of excessive exposure. It’s the most prominent and universal cancer causing agent in our environment. We encourage Kiwis to take steps to manage their levels of exposure:
  • Know when it’s safe to go out. During summer in New Zealand, UV radiation is highest between the hours of 11am and 4pm. Try to avoid staying out in the sun for long periods during this time without using sun protection
  • Slip, slop, slap and wrap. We’ve all heard this one – slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on some sunglasses. UV rays won’t damage your skin through clothing, so reduce the amount of your body that’s exposed to the sun
  • Seek shade. Head inside, find a tree to sit under…or a shade sail or structure

At Shade Systems, we eat, sleep and breathe shade solutions. We have designed many shade systems especially for people playing sport, allowing them to enjoy the outside, safely. For further information on the shade recommendations for NZ sports grounds and facilities, click here.