Spending all day out in the sun can lead to sunburn, heatstroke and dehydration. That's why parents of sport-loving kids are calling for metal sun shelters on sports fields to protect players waiting on the bench from the effects of too much sun. Here are the five key reasons why erecting sun shelters is an essential part of any sporting field construction project.

1. Protection from Overheating and Sunburn

Sports teams face many health hazards as they battle it out on sunny days. Exercising hard in sunny weather can lead to overheating and dehydration, so it's important for players to have a shady refuge in which to cool off. Fans are also vulnerable to the effects of the sun when they turn out to watch a team. Metal sun shelters reflect the sun's rays and therefore help to keep the spectator stands cool. Sun shelters also help to keep everyone safe from sunburn, even if they get too wrapped up in the game to remember to reapply sunscreen.

2. A Better View of the Game

Squinting into the sun isn't a good look for anybody. It also doesn't give a good view of the game. Sun shelters keep the sun out of the eyes of spectators, allowing them to get a clear view of what's happening on the pitch. That means they can focus on cheering on their home team, not trying to shield their eyes from the sun.

3. Stay Cool and Comfortable

As well as the dangers of too much sun, everyone knows that sitting in the sun for long periods of time can be downright uncomfortable. Spectators who are hot, sticky and fed up are unlikely to give as much encouragement to a team as fans who are cool and comfortable.

4. Everyone is Welcome

Sun shelters could encourage local people to come to a sports field to cheer on their kids or even take part in friendly games themselves. They help make the sports field accessible to everyone, even people who can't stand to be out in the sun for long periods, such as young children, the elderly, and those with very pale skin.

5. An Investment in the Future

Steel sun shelters are durable and can last for decades. By investing in custom metal sun shelters, rather than erecting temporary plastic shades, facility managers can provide a durable solution to weather that is excessively bright and hot.