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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10 Tips For Active Early Childhood Playgrounds

Wednesday, July 15  11:00 am CST

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: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Dr. Suzanne Quinn, PhD

 

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Next Level Fitness Sites for Parks and Cities

Wednesday, September 2  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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Next Level Fitness Sites for Parks and Cities

 

Weds, September 30  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho and Rob Boogmans

 

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How to Create Play for Young Brains

Thursday, July 16  12:00 pm CST

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.

one (1) CEU

Presented by  Dr. Suzanne Quinn

 

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6 Tips For Designing Inclusive Playgrounds

Wednesday, September 9  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

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10 Tips for Active Play in Nursery and Preschool Playgrounds

Wednesday, October 7  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

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How to Create Play for Young Brains

Wednesday, August 19  12:00 pm CST

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.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen and Dr. Suzanne Quinn

 

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Importance of Product Safety for Outdoor Play and Fitness

Weds, September 16  12:00 pm CST

Children love 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. 

 

Duration: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Joan Pedersen

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Play Sculptures That Bring Locations to Life

Wednesday, August 26, 12:00 pm CST 

 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: 60 min.

Presented by Nikolaj Maj Bentsen, Robert Machálek and Roman Czinege

 

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10 Tips for Active Play in School Playgrounds

Weds, September 23  12:00 pm CST

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: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

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.