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Robust Radio That Helps Keep the Show on the Road

In entertainment, it is the behind-the-scenes work which makes all the difference. Crowds might not pay to watch equipment being set up, teams working out logistics, security drills being rehearsed and so on. But without all of that hidden work, no show can happen.

Events and stadium operators understand the importance of teamwork in providing a product for paying punters. When you are out on the road, frequently having to set up and dismantle rides, big tops, generators and lighting rigs, more or less building the next venue from scratch, communication is key. And when you are working outdoors in all weather, you need communications equipment that you can rely on.

Two way radio for outdoor events

The Hytera PD785 two way radio is the ideal communications solution for outdoor events of all shapes and sizes. Tough, weatherproof and packed full of features, it is now available to buy and hire from Brentwood Communications.

The PD785 is a high quality colour display model that is as versatile as it is easy to use. The design will be familiar to anyone who remembers the first generation of mobile phones - a 12-key number pad with green call and red cancel buttons either side of a scroll key. It sits comfortably in the hand and is lightweight to carry, perfect for manual work when setting up or taking down equipment, or for operating on the move amongst busy crowds.

The keys are programmable, meaning you can pre-set actions such as calling a certain contact or group of people with a single button push. The PD785 supports private, team and whole network calling, so there is plenty of flexibility in large teams to target communications at the right people. And with an impressive 1024 available channels, you can always be sure that a line is open to make your call.

The colour display is there to support text messaging as well as to display a searchable contacts list. The model operates in both analogue and digital modes, which means that if you already use older models of two way radios, the PD785 will connect with them as well as providing a route to a digital upgrade.

Weatherproof radio

Crucially for teams who will spend much of their time working outdoors in all types of weather, the PD785 is rated IP67 for water resistance, which means it can withstand being fully submerged up to 1 metre - rain, sleet and snow pose no problems. It has a maximum battery life of 15 hours, so you can rely on it to always work even through the longest of days.

Finally, the PD785 includes a number of safety features which are ideally suited to helping stadium operators look out for one another before, during and after events. The Man Down feature is designed for anyone working at heights, for example during set up and dismantling of lighting and stadium equipment. It uses a motion detector to issue an immediate alarm in the event of a fall.

Lone Worker is a monitoring system which requires anyone working alone in a hazardous environment, such as setting up or repairing heavy equipment, to check back in with the network at regular intervals. There is also an Emergency Button override for raising an alarm at any time.

Find out more

Brentwood Communications is the UK’s leading supplier of two ways radio to the events and entertainments industries. With more than 40 years’ experience supplying to football events, stadiums, carnivals, festivals, fairgrounds, fetes, and travelling performers amongst many others, we can match the right two way radio solution to every situation.

To find your nearest Brentwood office, or to find out more about the Hytera PD785 and the rest of our events and entertainments two way radio range, please visit the Brentwood Communications website.


 

Stadium Experience Announces New Public Catering Chair

Stadium Experience is growing its voluntary Leadership Team, with the announcement of a new Chair of Public Catering. Stadium Experience was established 15 years ago with the aim of promoting stadia as unique venues for conferences, meetings and events and sharing best practice. Today’s announcement will see Nav Daine, Levy UK retail specialist at Chelsea Football Club, head up a new arm of Stadium Experience, which now provides a forum for matchday public catering managers.

As part of his responsibilities, Nav will officially join the association’s Leadership Team and be the voice for public catering teams at stadium venues across the UK & Ireland. The Stadium Experience Leadership Team is a voluntary group of members who lead the strategic direction of the not-for-profit association, and can be joined by any member.  The team includes:

  • Collette Salmon - Sales Manager at Liverpool FC (Chair)
  • David Timms - Senior Business Development Manager at Chelsea FC (Vice-Chair)
  • Sue France - Head of Sales at Wigan Athletic FC (Treasurer)
  • Anna Tabor - Proactive Sales Manager at Aston Villa FC
  • Richard Cawton - Business Development Manager at Worcester Warriors RFC
  • Sam McGrath - Head of Sales & Event Planning at Southampton FC
  • Adam Pollington - Commercial Manager – Conference & Events at Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Debbie Rigney - Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience
  • Nav Daine - Head of Innovation, Retail & CSR (Levy UK) at Chelsea FC (Public Catering Chair)

Nav is widely recognised as one of the leading advocates of public catering trade within sports, leisure and hospitality industries. He brings with him 17 years of experience across several renowned nightclubs, stadia and event operations. Currently working as Head of Innovation, Retail & CSR for Levy UK at Chelsea Football Club, he is the catering marketing lead, a member of the social committee, and serves as a volunteer at a local homeless shelter.

Nav’s new role will be to determine how Stadium Experience can help, support and share operational knowledge with members, as well as develop the calendar of events for members,  suppliers and sponsors, sharing innovative technological and operational advancements. 

Nav has been at the forefront of moves to innovate public catering operations and processes whilst enhancing customer service and bringing in technology innovations.  His work resulted in increased spend per head, better control of costs and ability to drive efficiencies.

Nav commented: “Until recently, there was no real platform for public catering experts across such a vast spectrum of stadia to confer and share best practise.  Stadium Experience allows for the gathering of greatly experienced and inquisitive minds to share learnings. At Levy, we firmly believe in the role food and drink plays in overall fan engagement and enjoyment. The concourses have started the journey to revolutionise their offer within the digital era. In comparison to the high street, the challenge within stadia is considerably more intense due to complex operational logistics.  If you thought you were on own this is no longer the case - if you need to consult with likeminded individuals, you now have a wide pool of professionals to do so.”  

Collette Salmon, Sales Manager at Liverpool Football Club, and overall Chair of Stadium Experience, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nav to our Leadership Team as the driver for public catering teams. Stadium Experience was established 15 years ago with the aim of sharing best practice and networking focusing purely on the conference and events side of the stadium business.  We felt our tried and tested model could add value in other areas of the stadium business too, and as a result we have branched across to include the public catering management so they can benefit too. We are pleased that Nav has accepted this appointment, and know he will continue to contribute so much to the industry.”


 

Birmingham Volunteer Groundsman Wins Major Award For Dedication And Expertise

The expertise and dedication of Philip Swan, volunteer groundsman at the Bridge Trust Society’s sports fields in Birmingham, has been recognised by this year’s Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards with Philip collecting the Redexim Charterhouse/Kubota Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year Award.

In a prestigious ceremony at the National Conference Centre, within the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, the award was presented to Philip by Curtis Allen, Redexim Charterhouse’s business development manager, and Andy Southerton, Kubota’s dealer manager, groundscare, in front of an audience of almost 700 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

The Bridge Trust Society’s 7.5-acre sports ground is unique, says Philip, because it is triangular in shape and bounded on all sides by railway lines, with access via a private level crossing. 

Philip took over as groundsman seven years ago, with he adds “another equally inexperienced volunteer”. Since then, whenever a member of the club retires, they are recruited to join Philip’s team – which currently numbers six and all with varying levels of experience.

Led by Philip, the team is charged with the upkeep of the right of way and the maintenance of the clubhouse, two pavilions, the score box and a garage, in addition to two football pitches, a cricket square and nets plus two five-a-side training pitches.

A regular programme of mowing, seeding and fertilisation keeps all the playing surfaces in pristine condition, with continual improvement in, for example, the football pitches thanks to regular cutting, chain harrowing and more particularly spring fertilising and seeding, plus autumn fertilisation.

The cricket square has been improved, says Philip, through the use of a softening chemical along with regular scarification, aeration, fertilisation, seeding and the application of loam.

The remainder of the ground is cut twice a week in summer, while the tree lines are trimmed and the 165 trees tended.

One team member is allocated to the cricket square, which is prepped for three games a week on eight tracks. The home club plays on Saturdays and the pitch is hired out on Sundays, plus there are various T20 midweek fixtures.

In winter, the pitches are used by two of the Society’s five teams on Saturdays and the surfaces are rented out to four teams on Sundays.

Organised by the IOG - the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities – the annual awards embrace categories of entry covering sport, young people and the environment.

The awards highlight the high standards of volunteer and professional groundsmanship, from grassroots to professional stadia level. They are judged by an independent panel on criteria that include effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations.

Commenting on the high standard of award winners, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, says: “With a record number of entries, this year’s awards continue to demonstrate the skills and passion of groundsmanship throughout the UK, at both voluntary and professional level.

“Winning an award is testament to the dedication of the grounds teams and individuals whose ability to produce and maintain ever-improving playing surfaces – which enables more games to take place - goes largely unnoticed.”

With headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, the 2017 IOG Industry Awards are also sponsored by the AELTC, CubCadet Infinicut, DLF, ECB, The FA, GrassMaster, Growth Products, Headland Amenity, John Deere, Johnsons Seeds, Kubota, the LTA, Mansfield Sand, the Premier League, Ransomes, Redexim Charterhouse, the RFL, the RFU, Rigby Taylor, SGL, SISGrass, Toro and Top Green.


 
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