How to cut equipment and maintenance costs at your sports facility

It may seem counter-intuitive, but in fact, the best way to keep overall costs down at your sports centre is to arrange regular sports equipment servicing and maintenance visits.

You heard us correctly: to cut costs, you need to spend money!

Yes, you will need to pay a fee to have a trained professional inspect your equipment and action any repairs or remedial works. But uncovering potential problems early can often save you from dealing with larger outlays later on, when you eventually find out your items are beyond repair and need to be replaced like-for-like.

Plus, by taking your maintenance commitments seriously, you will be making sure everything in use at your premises is in good working order, which is an important requirement as per the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Real-life examples of how regular sports equipment maintenance can save you money

To illustrate just how much you can save in the long term by having your equipment serviced at regular intervals, here are a few scenarios that compare the cost of the service (ie the preventative measure) vs the cost of purchase (the reactive measure).

In each case, you’ll see that investing in maintenance can help to keep overheads down by protecting your equipment against the effects of frequent use and keeping it performing better for longer.

Scenario #1

You haven’t been looking after the timber benches at your primary school, and they are starting to show signs of wear and tear that could render them unusable.

Fee to service all portable equipment in your school hall (labour only): £145 + VAT

Cost to purchase a new 2600mm (8'9") timber bench: £364.95 + VAT

Scenario #2 

The team sports equipment and accessories at your secondary school have seen better days. You need to purchase new five-a-side equipment for your football provision because it’s now beyond repair.

Fee to service all portable equipment in your sports hall (labour only): £145 + VAT

Cost to purchase a pair of new 3660 x 1220mm (12' x 4') five-a-side football goals and nets: £554.70 + VAT

Scenario #3 

Your high-level sports hall nets need to be serviced, but you are concerned about the price of a visit. When you eventually need to buy replacement division nets, you are shocked by just how much you could have saved by investing in ongoing maintenance instead.

Fee to inspect and service a high-level sports hall setup (labour only): £490 + VAT

Cost for us to supply and fit a new division net based on an 18m x 7.5m hall: £1,600 + VAT

Scenario #4 

There are around a dozen fitness machines in your fitness suite, all of which are subjected to heavy use on a daily basis. Your facility is busy, and you keep postponing your service visit. Then, out of the blue, one of your bikes stops working and needs to be replaced.

Fee to service 10 to 15 machines: £150 + VAT

Cost to purchase a new upright fitness bike: £1,635.50 + VAT

All the costs listed here are for an inspection only, within a 150 miles of our office (CM9 8LZ) and do not include charges for parts or repairs.

Even factoring in part fees, it’s clear that regular servicing can be several times cheaper for your facility than buying replacement equipment, as long as the service is carried out correctly and your maintenance partner can help you explore the most cost-effective solution for your circumstances.

Universal Services: your trusted sports hall servicing and maintenance partner

With more than 45 years’ experience in inspecting, servicing and maintaining sports, PE, fitness, playground and gymnasium equipment, you simply won’t find a more knowledgeable maintenance provider anywhere in the UK. We set impeccable standards for ourselves and we’re known for delivering a fast, reliable and wholly professional service that leaves no stone unturned.

Click on the links below for more information on our various maintenance options for schools, sports venues, and more.

  Published on 19 January 2024 By Andreas Fantousi


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