This section provides some examples for best practice principles used in the planning, design and development of sporting facilities.
The aim of universalising design is to create a more inclusive world. The principles of Universal Design are being implemented internationally to bring about about changes in design thinking so that all people are considered regardless of age, capability or background.
Get in the Game 2018-2020 - Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
|National Disability Authority (NDA)||
The purpose of the Principles is to guide the design of environments, products and communications. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, the Principles "may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments."
|Victoria State Government||
Planning for equitable access - Sport and Recreation Victoria
Planning for equitable access is based on the concept and principles of universal design. In a practical sense in relation to sport and recreation facilities, this means that planning should be undertaken to ensure that the design of the facility supports and enables use by everyone. This includes children and older adults, people of different sizes and abilities, people with and without access challenges, people who are left handed or right handed and people using a range of mobility aids.
Planning for universal design - Sport and Recreation Victoria
Universal Design is a design philosophy that ensures that products, buildings, environments and experiences are innately accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their age, level of ability, cultural background, or any other differentiating factors that contribute to the diversity of our communities.
|New South Wales||Everyone Can Play: Everyone Can Play is a best practice resource for councils, community leaders, landscape architects and passionate local residents. It is a reference guide for creating world-class playspaces, designed to include everyone in the community.|
Inclusive Design Principles are about putting people first. It's about designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities — all of us really. They are intended to give anyone involved in the design and development of community sport infrastructure a broad approach to inclusive design.
Find out more about Social Inclusion - Healthy Spaces & Places
Accessible design (Regulations and Guidelines):
|Commonwealth Consolidated Acts|
The Building Code of Australia - The Office of Environment and Heritage
Design & Management Guidelines (2010) - Access to Sport Facilities For People With Disabilities - Prepared by Disability Sports NI jointly with Sport Northern Ireland
Other Design Resources
Active Design - Planning for health and wellbeing through sport and physical activity - Sport England (October 2015)
Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guidelines References - Sport and Recreation Victoria
Female Friendly Change Rooms at Sporting Facilities - ACT Government
|Signage / Wayfinding / Placemaking||
Wayfinding design guidelines - Disability Services Queensland (Queensland Gov)
|Western Sydney Parklands||
Western Sydney Parklands Design Manual (p37) - Western Sydney Parklands
Sense of Place - Healthy Active by Design
Walkable environments are required to enhance the sense of community and social capital by encouraging and facilitating social ties or community connections through opportunities for residents to meet, interact and engage in their neighbourhood. Mixed-use planning and the presence of a variety of destinations also promote walking which in turn increases the sense of community or social capital through the facilitation of interaction between residents.
Healthy Active by Design Checklists - Healthy Active by Design
|Design for Dignity||
Designing for dignity should be part of every urban regeneration project. After all, thriving, vibrant places are the heart and soul of community and citizenship, where all people feel connected and included in all their diversity.
Design for Dignity guidelines - Design for Dignity