Installing Gates and Access to School Sports Areas

School sports areas present a specific set of risks that need to be carefully considered and appropriately mitigated to ensure safety and security for all those accessing the area. When specifying and installing gates and access to these areas, there’s a lot to consider from foot traffic flow and spectator safety to the safety of surrounding properties and the security of the enclosure when not in use.



A sports area should be safe for both the participants and spectators. Widely-spaced pales or railings that could lead to entrapment of a child’s limbs and sharp edges that could cause injury should be avoided at all costs. A minimum gap of 12mm between the gate and the posts, on either side, allows the gate its full range of movement, without posing a risk to youngsters. Additionally, the risk of balls breaching the boundary perimeter must also be considered and mitigated if it poses a risk to participants or others nearby.


Identify the risks

A quality security-fencing provider should inspect your sports area and determine the operational requirements through an on-site audit. School sports fields and courts require specialist fencing and gates and Jacksons offers welded-mesh and tubular-system solutions to meet the requirements of any school. Additionally, our Euroguard® Flatform welded mesh panel feature 200 x 500mm wire centres with 45mm gap to provide excellent security and durability, preventing balls and equipment passing through whilst conforming to anti-trap regulations. Jacksons provides a quality installation service with only CSCS-certified and CRB-cleared experts installing gates in schools, ensuring the school’s image is maintained and disruption is kept to a minimum throughout installation. For more information on our sports fencing, click here.

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