Our Why

For years we’d observed first hand the huge variation in document quality that existed in our industry and the problems it caused: a lack of design drawings, a lack of clear specifications and poor document control that gave contractors little guidance or direction and we witnessed poor quality outcomes with projects often running over-time and over-budget. We saw design drawings produced in Microsoft Paint. We saw one-page specifications with no quality standards or controls, and we saw non-engineers designing drainage systems and pavements. We also saw the post-construction problems this caused; usually poor drainage and poor quality control where the client felt they did not receive what they wanted but the contractor arguing that the scope or brief was not clear.

We wanted to bring the thinking, approach, processes, and quality we learned at a large international engineering firm into the Field of Play world. We were convinced that by doing so, many of the issues we’d observed could be eradicated. Fundamental to our success has been our company mantra; measure twice, cut once. Coupled with our high-quality documentation and an engineering-led design, this has been fundamental to our success and we’re convinced it was the right step to make.

Our Philosophy

Measure Twice, Cut once

We live by this one. It’s much easier to make a change on a computer screen than on-the-ground once works are underway. We’ve created a culture, both internally and externally with clients, where we deliberately question, review, and refine our design. This ensures decisions and their impacts are clear. Each decision is made as a team and rules out surprises and issues later in the project and forms the basis of our on-time and on-budget project success that we like to mention now and again…..

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Leadership Team

Jarrod Hill

CEO & DIRECTOR

Jarrod blends his Civil Engineering profession with his extensive knowledge for the development of sport and recreation facilities to ensure client and stakeholder desires are met within budget and program.

Well known for his accomplishments in the planning and development of sport Fields of Play, Jarrod’s experience includes athletics running tracks, hockey fields, football grounds (all codes), and general-purpose facilities.

Jarrod’s credentials are based on knowledge of specialist engineering applications and a detailed understanding of athlete and venue owner requirements. This proficiency has seen Jarrod work on most of the major sports projects throughout Australia in recent years.

Gray Canning

COO & DIRECTOR

Gray has been exposed to a wide variety of multidisciplinary engineering projects which include elements of civil, water, land development, rail, and sports. Gray’s roles on these projects have included technical design, project management, and site roles, which have been utilised in all phases of project delivery.

Gray’s comprehensive knowledge in the planning and design of Fields of Play stems from being involved in projects across Australia and internationally, in particular being involved in the construction phase monitoring.

As a result of his project experience, Gray has become a trusted advisor for clients, having successfully delivered various Field of Play projects for different sports, on-budget, and on-program.

Dean Holden

GENERAL MANAGER

With a diverse range of experience in the sports field industry, Dean brings a wealth of knowledge & skills to assist clients with reaching their goals in construction and maintenance projects.

Dean specialises in project management and has a background in managing turf construction & maintenance. Dean’s industry proficiencies enable him to understand client needs regarding budgets and resources to ensure a successful result is met on each project.

Combining his business and turf knowledge has allowed Dean to be involved in many leading turf construction projects throughout Australia.

DELIVERY & SUPPORT

Our team members have extensive experience with Fields of Play for all sports, nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves on working as a team in order to produce a high level of detail and quality in all our work. We also like a party now and again and socialise together, showing off our trivia knowledge, lawn bowls skills, or 5-aside soccer abilities. 

Aella MacDonald

Aella MacDonald

Civil Designer & Field of Play Consultant

Ashlea Bichan

Ashlea Bichan

PA to CEO

Brooke Simpson

Brooke Simpson

Drafter

Cameron Nayar

Cameron Nayar

Civil Engineer

Cameron Stevenson

Cameron Stevenson

Graduate Civil Engineer

Enuri Ehansa

Enuri Ehansa

Graduate Civil Engineer

Jake Verlin

Jake Verlin

Senior Civil Engineer

Jess Sewell

Jess Sewell

Field of Play Consultant

John Neylan

John Neylan

Turfgrass Agronomist

Matthew Gogerly

Matthew Gogerly

Drafter

Michelle Pauliczek

Michelle Pauliczek

Receptionist

Nicholas Matthews

Nicholas Matthews

Senior Civil Engineer

Patrick Beazley

Patrick Beazley

Civil Engineer

Paul Curry

Paul Curry

Civil Engineer

Peter Eisen

Peter Eisen

Senior Drafter

Troy Fiscus

Troy Fiscus

Certified Irrigation Designer
" SPORTENG understands the technical requirements for the design of a tennis court. They ensure the design is fit for purpose, that engineering principles are applied to pavement designs and they consider constructability. Tennis Australia has used SPORTENG on a number of tennis projects to its complete satisfaction. "

Paul Cammack - National Infrastructure Manager

Tennis Australia

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with SPORTENG on a range of AFL related projects across Australia. I have always found them to be highly professional and equally knowledgeable in their advice and design outputs and continue to have a strong working relationship with them. I would have no hesitation in nominating SPORTENG as Field of Play consultants on future projects, large or small.”

Simon Gorr - National Venues Manager

AFL

“Our Exercise and Sports Sciences courses are world class and the facilities were required to match that standard. SPORTENG took on the challenge to design the facility and manage the construction. The team at SPORTENG always had energy, were enthusiastic and demonstrated great technical skills. They certainly helped Deakin University establish a facility that we can be very proud of.”

Andrew Crowley - Manager Sport and Recreation

Deakin University

“Jarrod and his team provided a high level of consultation on the Optus Stadium’s field of play during the design development stage. This level of quality design continued into the documentation stage which culminated in the delivery of the final product - a world-class field of play.”

Ronnie Hurst - Project Director, Dept. of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Optus Stadium

Join the team

Now you’ve read through our website, you should have a good sense of what we’re about. We’re a bunch of engineers, turf experts, designers, and drafters doing interesting work, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we like to have a bit of fun along the way to create a great place to work.

We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join the team.

So what about you? Are you technically focussed, have great attention to detail, like some banter with your colleagues and happy to put the hard yards in when the deadlines are looming but equally happy to celebrate those milestones with a cold one and a party or two through the year? Our team culture is a major part of our success and if you're keen to join the team and help contribute to our continued success, drop us a line anytime.

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