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A Redexim Verti-Top 1200 helps South Wales Sports Grounds improve efficiency

The latest addition to their vast fleet of machinery at South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) is a Redexim Verti-Top 1200 from Charterhouse Turf Machinery. SWSG undertake a wide variety of grounds maintenance contracts for a range of clients from local authorities, major contracting groups, universities and colleges through to individual sports clubs and private clients – with no two days bringing the same tasks and demands.
Established in 1964, SWSG has continued to cultivate a reputation as one of the leading sports surface contractors in the region. “The demand for synthetic maintenance, especially with local authorities, schools and sports clubs, has increased to the point where our machinery is in use on a daily basis” explains Construction Director Francis McDermott. “We started to have quite a few issues with our previous machine so decided to have a look at what else is available. We already have several pieces of Redexim equipment for the maintenance of natural surfaces, and recognise it as being good quality, so took a look at their Verti-Top 1200.”
The Verti-Top conducts surface and deep-cleaning, utilising a rotary brush to lift the pile and extract up to the top 15mm of infill and foreign material. The infill is then sieved to remove dust and detritus before being returned and brushed into the surface leaving a clean, level and aesthetically pleasing finish. “We looked at a few alternatives but felt the Verti-Top was a better machine all-round”, which saw Francis and his team taking delivery of one in March this year.
“Richard Lucas of Charterhouse, together with local dealer Frank Suttons, came over to install the machine. We have one specialist who operates the Verti-Top, and although he’s well versed with this type of machine, it was really helpful for Richard to come and outline the key differences. In the relatively short amount of time we’ve had the Verti-Top we’re noticing a better quality of finish, and at 1.2m, its wider working width than our previous machine means our efficiency has also improved."


 

Saints Tackle Waste With Biffa

Biffa have signed a deal with Saints to become its Official Recycling Partner for the next-two-and-a-half years.
The waste management expert will help the club meet its recycling targets at the Totally Wicked Stadium, whilst engaging in a number of community and education based projects as the club looks to create a better environment.
Up to 95 per cent of the waste that is produced at the stadium can be recycled so this exciting new contract also supports Saints’ Official Kit Partner O’Neills’ vision of developing a recycled yarn suitable to be used in the manufacture of St Helens replica shirts in the future.
“We are delighted to partner with Biffa who demonstrated a complete understanding of the challenges we face to best manage our waste,” Saints Stadium Manager John Murphy explained. “To be able to achieve a recycling target of up to 95 per cent will make a huge difference to us.
“With their guidance, we want our fans and staff to work with us to correctly use the new bins we will place around the Stadium over the coming weeks to start the recycling process.
“Biffa have several excellent ideas to help us, including being one of the first providers to have the ability to recycle coffee and tea paper cups and to introduce reverse vending machines.
“We fully intend to introduce these ideas across the length of the contract and the added incentive for supporters is that for every item they recycle they are supporting the ambitions of both the Club and O’Neills to develop suitable recycled yarns for use in St Helens merchandise in the years ahead.”
As part of the agreement and to continue our aim of being fully integrated in the community, Saints staff and players will also spend time in the local area helping to clear waste from local waterways.
They will also be encouraging supporters to join us, whilst the club’s Community Development Foundation will be working alongside Biffa to deliver their Wasteaters education programme to local primary schools encouraging children to learn how to recycle from an early age.
Nick Rushton, Regional Manager at Biffa, said: “We are really proud to be St.Helens R.F.C.’s official recycling partner, and the whole Biffa team are fully behind supporting them in delivering their recycling targets.
“As part of our offer across the North West we offer a range of zero to landfill solutions and St. Helens already benefit from a 100% diversion from landfill which includes Food, Glass and mixed recycling recovery.
“Our aim moving forward with our partnership is to further develop recycling solutions so as to recycle and reuse as much of the waste produced by the club and their supporters as possible including challenging items such as coffee cups which we now offer a solution to.
“We are confident and totally committed to supporting St Helens with achieving their ambitious and commendable recycling targets.”
Biffa’s livery will appear on the rear of the players’ shorts for the remainder of the 2018 season whilst for 2019 and 2020 it will also be included on all replica versions which will be available to buy from saintssuperstore.com
Biffa will also have a strong presence around the stadium through perimeter advertising and supply of their bins throughout the concourses to help with the club’s drive to recycle.
“We would like to thank Biffa for their partnership with the Club over the next two-and-a-half years,” added Dave Hutchinson, General Manager at Saints. “We were very impressed with their vision to improve our waste management through recycling. We are fully aware of our responsibilities as we generate so much waste at the Stadium, particularly on Matchday, so they will help us manage that far more effectively than before.
“They will also help us to advise our supporters on how best to recycle within the Stadium and in their own homes, and with Saints in the Community delivering their programme to local schoolchildren, we want everyone to think twice on how they should recycle their waste.”
Research has shown that the degradation of approximately 25 x 500ml plastic bottles could potentially result in enough recycled yarn to produce a Saints replica shirt.
This is something that O’Neills are actively testing at the current time in the hope of utilising such yarn for future Saints merchandise.
“We have had requests from other Clubs but Saints are the first to commit to assisting us in the development of recycled yarns suitable for production of their replica kits in future seasons,” Neil Williams, Sales Manager at O’Neills, said. “By partnering with Biffa to allow supporters to directly influence this process and impact on their own Clubs’ kit this represents a huge step forward for all parties involved.
“We are really looking forward to working with the Club to develop this product.”


 

New Stadium Retail Solution From Touchretail Is Set To Revolutionise Retailing At Clubs And Stadium Venues.

TRIMS-SRS is the ‘Stadium Retail Solution’ powered by TRIMS, the leading omnichannel platform from Touchretail comprising of tools and services for delivering modernised stadium retail experiences.
TRIMS-SRS has been developed to replace the outdated technologies and services found at a surprisingly large number of sports club and stadium venues. As a result of using outdated and disparate systems, it is apparent that many clubs are not capitalising on the vast retail opportunities available to them, this is where TRIMS-SRS steps in.
TRIMS-SRS has been developed from the ground up to address the concerns of legacy retail solutions at sports club and stadium venues by implementing a leading and affordable retail solution that helps the club deliver clear and concise revenue-increasing retail experiences. The modern professional sports club is much more than a sports organisation. With a loyal and returning customer base, extensive corporate sponsorship opportunities and access to highly lucrative TV rights deals, today’s clubs are high value, high visibility brands. Touchretail are helping clubs realise their true retail potential.
The following TRIMS-SRS digital brochure published by Touchretail talks about why stadia need to invest in modern retail solutions and why you should consider Touchretail as your next generation retail technology partner.
www.touchretail.co.uk/brochure-trims-srs
TRIMS-SRS Website: www.touchretail.co.uk/stadium
Lee Hyde, Director of Retail Operations at Ipswich Town FC: “We chose to work with Touchretail due to their extensive knowledge of retailing within the professional sports industry and specifically within stadium environments. This knowledge, alongside the latest retail POS functionality, allows Ipswich Town FC to offer a much improved retail operation. The integration between TRIMS and our Magento eCommerce store is key to our strategy. The team at Touchretail are an absolute pleasure to work with. Whether from the initial project scope, training sessions, installation and go-live, the team have been on hand every step of the way, often going above and beyond expectation in terms of support. I’d thoroughly recommend Touchretail to anybody currently looking to review their retail systems.


 
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