Wednesday Webinars: Play & Fitness – Getting It Right

KOMPAN experts present webinar topics, opening eyes and minds to how to get the most out of investing in playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas. Sign up now for the topic, or topics, that most appeal. The webinars, listed below, are presented in English. 

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6 Tips For Designing Inclusive Playgrounds

September 9, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

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How can communities best accommodate for play for children and families with disabilities, without disproportionate costs? How can communities meet children’s needs for thrill and physical activity in playgrounds without excluding users with disabilities? Join this seminar to get answers and learn 6 important design principles when planning play for all.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Next Level Fitness Sites
for Parks and Cities

September 30, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

September 30, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Outdoor fitness in parks and cities has been around for decades. Often, sites are created based on a misconception of what is good enough, resulting in a poor user experience. Using new insights, sites can be created with a high degree of functionality, diversity and user attraction.

This webinar will highlight the difference between yesterdays and tomorrows fitness sites and provide guidelines on designing and implementing sites based on contexts and user groups.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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How to get a Unique Expression with Traditional Playgrounds?

October 21, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

October 21, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

KOMPAN Design Studio has developed new technologies in order to reshape, re-size and change the visual appearance of playgrounds. The ultra-flexible platform makes it possible to rethink the traditional use of posts and platforms and turn them into uniquely themed storytelling playgrounds.

Join our designers and engineers for a webinar, where they focus on the possibilities of the materials, perhaps inspire you to think differently, and to show you what little it can take to make a big difference.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Sophie Lambert

 

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Outdoor Activity Areas for Housing

November 11, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

November 21, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Home is where the heart is. For housing areas, attracting new inhabitants or making sure that current residents stay and feel ownership, the immediate outdoors can be the decisive factor. 

Join us in this webinar and learn more about active outdoor play and fitness areas and how they can help attract, retain and create community pride. 

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen and Rob Boogmans

 

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How to Create Play
for Young Brains?

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New research and practice-based findings have revealed great ways to create playgrounds that evoke young children’s curiosity and motivate explorative play. 

This webinar will share findings and cases. We will discuss how playgrounds can cater for social, dramatic and physical play that stimulates thinking skills. 

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen and Dr. Suzanne Quinn

 

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Get Inspiration For Your Next Unique Playground Design

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Areas have unique histories, unique stories, unique surroundings, or unique users. So a school may want their play sculpture to symbolize wisdom and learning. A local community may want their play sculpture to tell a story about the community, connecting one generation to the next.

Three designers/architects from KOMPAN Design Studio give their inspiration and ideas as to how we can help you design that special play landmark and special theme that WOWs and excites the entire community.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Nikolaj Maj Bentsen, Samantha Jeffrey and Sophie Lambert

 

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How to Improve Your Business Towards Families

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Are families a key customer in your business? Attracting and retaining families can go beyond your core product. Research show that design of your facility is key for children not wanting to leave, parents to spend more and to get the best reviews.

Join this webinar to learn why a playground is a profitable investment and how to make sure it will boost revenue for your store, restaurant or other family-oriented business. 

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Alexandre Reynaud

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Importance of Product Safety for Outdoor Play and Fitness

September 16, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

September 16, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Children loves to be challenged, but what about safety. The questions are many; Can risk at the playground be positive? Who has the responsibility in case of incidents? What is certification?

Join this webinar to get an understanding of the product safety standards for outdoor play and fitness, and why certified products makes a difference. 

NOTICE:

19:00 CET session will have special attention to the American safety standards.

06:00 CET session will have special attention to safety standards used in Asia and Australia.

15:00 CET session will have special attention to the European safety standards.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Joan Pedersen

 

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10 Tips for Active Play in Nursery and Preschool Playgrounds

October 7, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

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180 minutes of physical, non-sedentary activity a day. This is the new 2019 minimum recommendation from the World Health Organization for children under 5 years. The recommendation prescribes play as the main physical activity for young children. So how do you design for active play in your kindergarten?

Join this webinar to learn 10 tips of attraction, retention and development in activity-inspiring playgrounds for children from 1-5 years.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Outdoor Activity Solutions for Elderly Homes

October 28, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

October 28, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Elderly homes are amongst the most relevant and rewarding targets for establishing outdoor fitness sites. With the right solution, the incidence of falls can be reduced, health improved and social connectedness strengthened.

Most importantly, the overall quality of life for the residents can be increased.

Join this webinar to learn about optimal activity opportunities and guidelines on how to create attractive solutions in different sizes.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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Outdoor Activity Solutions for Elderly Homes

November 18, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

November 18, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Elderly homes are amongst the most relevant and rewarding targets for establishing outdoor fitness sites. With the right solution, the incidence of falls can be reduced, health improved and social connectedness strengthened.

Most importantly, the overall quality of life for the residents can be increased.

Join this webinar to learn about optimal activity opportunities and guidelines on how to create attractive solutions in different sizes.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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Play Sculptures that bring
Locations to Life

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Join this webinar to get great tips on how to bring your customized wooden playground dream to life with a Robinia Play Sculpture. Based on real case stories, our team will take you through all details of the entire process, from idea to installation. We also zoom in on Robinia wood itself to learn more about its aesthetics, durability, sustainability and flexibility.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Nikolaj Maj Bentsen, Robert Machálek and Roman Czinege

 

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How To Create Great Outdoor Fitness Spaces

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Outdoor Fitness has gone through a tremendous development since it was introduced in the 2000s. Thousands of outdoor fitness sites have been created. Some locations are being used very well, yet most locations are used too little. In this webinar you will learn what needs to be considered when planning a fitness site in the public space and how you can create a fitness site, which will be used by people of all ages and abilities.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Rob Boogmans

 

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Make Health Available to Prevent Future Disease

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Outdoor fitness has advantages compared to traditional indoor fitness. Especially in settings with focus on public health and minimum disease transmission. 

Join this webinar to learn about the advantages of outdoor fitness and what an investment in outdoor fitness can do for the health of your community.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

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10 Tips for Active Play in School Playgrounds

September 23, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

September 23, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

A minimum of 60 minutes a day physical activity for children from 6-12 years. And the primary physical activity is play. That is the recommendation of the World Health Association. Most 6-12 year-olds struggle to meet the minimum requirement. Join this webinar to learn 10 points to consider to make your next playground design unique in attraction, retention and fun physical play activity for 6-12 year-olds.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Natural Playgrounds: What to consider in design

October 14, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

October 14, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined to describe the feeling of being deprived of nature. It’s a deprivation many children experience when growing up in an urban environment.

Join this webinar to learn about the natural experiences children need to grow, the benefits of nature and not least, some fascinating cases of natural play environments with play equipment that compliment them. 

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Dr. Suzanne Quinn and Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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How Cities can plan Inclusive Park Playgrounds

November 4, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

November 4, 18:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

How can cities best create playgrounds that accommodate all children and families, including those with disabilities? And how can park playgrounds cater for all, without there being a disproportionate cost? 

Join this webinar to learn more about park planning for active, fun playgrounds for all, that are truly inclusive.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Playful Learning: How Schools can benefit from Playgrounds

November 25, 09:00 GMT - Sign Up Here

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School outdoor areas often suffer from under-funding: they fall outside the traditional attainment targets and curricula. But if planned consciously, schoolgrounds profoundly generate well-being as well as an enthusiasm to learn. The playground can serve both as a recess area and as an active framework contributing to teaching and learning. 

Join this webinar to learn how to harvest the learning and well-being benefits of your school’s outdoor areas.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Tips On Promoting Active Ageing In The Outdoors

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With aging follows a physiological decline and increased risk of life-style-related diseases and falling, but this can to a large extent be postponed or reduced through exercise.

In this webinar, you will learn about what recent studies say about healthy aging, why seniors need to be taken into consideration when planning a public fitness site, and what needs to be considered when planning a fitness site for seniors.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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Get People Active With Effective Outdoor Fitness

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In this webinar you will hear about the difference between effective and ineffective outdoor exercise equipment and why KOMPANs new concept for cardio training increases user engagement, site effectiveness, and public health outcome.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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6 Tips To Increase T(w)een Physical Activity With Play

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On a global scale, only around 23% of all 11-17-year-olds meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity. This is the more devastating, as tweens and teens repeatedly state that they like playful physical activity. They like outdoor play and play areas, as long as the design accommodates for them, not only younger children. 

Join this webinar to learn new insights and evidence around teenage play and get six tips for creating playful physical activity areas for ages 10+ years.

Duration: 45 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

 

Meet the presenters

 

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Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Head of KOMPAN Play Institute

Jeanette has 20 years’ experience in researching, developing and advocating playground play and has served on the scientific and organizing boards on several international conferences on child friendly city planning. She has authored numerous white papers and articles on the topics of inclusive and universal design, play and child development, and play rights in a globalizing world.

Jeanette is an MA of philology and has teaching and research experience from universities and colleges in Germany and Denmark. She is the vice president of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities. She is the vice president of the International Play Association, Denmark. She is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Sports and Learning at the University of Southern Denmark. 

 

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Dr. Suzanne Quinn

KOMPAN Play Institute Manager, Americas

Suzanne has over 20 years experience as an educator, early years practitioner, teacher educator, and researcher. She is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education (2018) with J. Roopnarine, J. Johnson, and M. Patte and Living with Children: A Froebelian Approach to Working with Families and Communities (2019) edited by Tina Bruce, P. Elfer, S. Powell and L. Werth, as well as several empirical articles and chapters in peer reviewed publications.

 

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Morten Zacho

Senior Manager, KOMPAN Fitness Institute

Morten is Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics.

He also manages the KOMPAN Fitness Institute with great focus on implementing knowledge, trends, scientific research and functional tests in the innovation of new outdoor fitness.

Previously, Morten has worked at international recognized research institutions and has co-authorship on 17 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

 

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Rob Boogmans

Sales Director, KOMPAN Fitness

Rob is educated as Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer, and he has more than 20 years of experience in fitness.

He has been a pioneer in outdoor fitness since 2008 when he founded Standing-Strong Outdoor Fitness. Standing-Strong was the first company to introduce adjustable and functional training in the outdoor environment. By 2010 Standing-Strong was market leader in outdoor fitness in Benelux and had multiple patented solutions.

In 2014 Standing-Strong was taken over by KOMPAN and in 2015 Rob Boogmans joined KOMPAN to start the KOMPAN Fitness Institute and develop the new outdoor fitness product lines. Since 2015 KOMPAN has created more than 1000 new outdoor fitness sites and is widely recognized as the most innovative and professional company in outdoor fitness.

 

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Nikolaj Maj Bentsen

Chief Designer, KOMPAN Product Innovation

Nikolaj has a master’s degree in Architecture specializing in Industrial Design, and he has been working in the industrial design field, developing a broad variety of products, for more than 20 years. He joined KOMPAN in 2013 and has since been responsible of a wide range of products within fitness and play. Recently, Nikolaj has been engaged in the development of KOMPAN Design Studio.

 

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Samantha Jeffrey

Head of Product Solution Team, KOMPAN Design Studio in Berlin

Samantha has an MA in Design of Playing and Learning, and she has worked as an industrial designer. For more than 11 years, her main attention has been playground designs in Europe, USA and Australia. Her role is to lead the design team in finding creative ways to realize customized playground projects based on highly tailor-made rope solutions.

 

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Sophie Lambert

Custom Designer, KOMPAN Design Studio

Sophie has a background as a civil engineer specialized in product development. Her beginning at KOMPAN focused at developing new activities and new product lines, but she is now one of the creative minds designing customized playgrounds based on GIANT play towers. The aim is always to design playful, themed and customized playgrounds that makes a statement in the landscape while driving play and child development.

 

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Alexandre Reynaud

Deputy Managing Director, KOMPAN Commercial Systems

Alexandre has a master’s degree in Economics specializing in International Business, and he has been working in the Leisure and Playgrounds industry for more than 15 years. After joining KOMPAN in 2009, he has been responsible of many kinds of projects within the retail and leisure industries.

 

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Joan Pedersen

Product Safety Manager, KOMPAN

Member of the ASTM committee for ASTM F1487.

Member of the Danish working group for developing EN1176 and other related standards.

Joan has a background as mechanical engineer and several years of work in the machinery industry. After joining KOMPAN's engineering team in 1996, she gradually took more product safety responsibility. Since 2003, she has been responsible for KOMPAN product safety involving product evaluation, test, certification, training and after sales support.

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