Webinars: Play & Fitness - Getting it Right

KOMPAN experts present a variety of webinar topics, opening eyes and minds to how to get the most out of investing in playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas.  Registration is free and open now.

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How to get a Unique Expression with Traditional Playgrounds

Wednesday, October 21  12:00pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Sophie Lambert, KOMPAN Design Studio

 

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Outdoor Activity Areas for Housing

 

Wednesday, November 11  12:00pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen and Rob Boogmans

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Activity Solutions for Elderly Homes

Wednesday, October 28  12:00pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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Outdoor Activity Solutions for Elderly Homes

Wednesday, November 18  12:00pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

 

 

 

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How Cities can Plan Inclusive Playgrounds

Wednesday, November 4  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

one (1) CEU credit

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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Playful Learning: How Schools Can Benefit from Playgrounds

Wednesday, November 25  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 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 also the vice president of the Interanational Play Association, Denmark.  She is a member of the advisory board of the center for Sports and Learning at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

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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 internationally recognized research institutions and has co-authorship on 17 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

 

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Rob Boogmans

Sales Director,  KOMPAN Fitness Institute

Rob is educated as a Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer with 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 the 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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 Dr. Suzanne Quinn PhD.

Manager,  KOMPAN Play Institute Americas

Dr. Quinn 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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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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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.