A right royal centre of excellence

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I was delighted to see the Football Association’s new centre of excellence officially opened earlier this week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Kate.

Not only am I a Royal fan who was proud to be at the first tea party at Buckingham Palace hosted by Kate earlier this year. I’m a football fanatic too, who bought tickets at the recent Olympics for all of Team GB’s games had they topped their group and progressed through the competition to the final as I expected them to.

But also my perimeter fencing company Zaun has been part of the team over the past year, building the £105m St George’s Park complex in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire that will house all 24 England teams, from junior to senior levels.

The FA, of which Prince William is president, certainly has been raving about it. It will help raise standards in the game. The manager believes, as do England’s senior men’s squad, which has been training there this week as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino at Wembley on Friday before a trip to Poland next Tuesday.

England manager Roy Hodgson said the facility would inspire future generations. In contrast, captain Steven Gerrard said he was ‘blown away’ and that ‘England’s players can have no excuses if they fail to fulfil their potential now.

‘We’ve got the best stadium in the world, and now we have got the best training facilities,’ he said.

The centre of excellence houses 11 outdoor pitches – five of them floodlit and with under-soil heating – a full-size indoor 3G artificial pitch and an altitude chamber to replicate various playing conditions.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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