The World Cup is over, and the winner is: Fencing

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The FIFA World Cup is one of the year’s biggest sporting events, completely eclipsing both the Formula 1 racing and Wimbledon tennis tournament, which have run concurrently with football. With a global audience estimated to be in the billions and with tens of thousands of fans descending on the stadiums across Russia, security has been the watchword of the competition.

Offering protection everywhere

Not only has there been additional security personnel in place throughout Russia, but there has also been a significant increase in physical security installations too – and fencing has played a pivotal part in ensuring the safety and security of the fans and players. One of the primary security challenges has been the sheer number of locations that need to be secured. Not only does this cover the actual stadiums that the games will be played in, but each team has their own training pitches that also need protection. Given that at the start of the tournament, there were 32 countries taking part, this meant that 32 training pitches, plus all the stadia, had to be secure, combined with the teams’ base camps and hotels. In addition, FIFA regulations specify that all training grounds need to be surrounded by a perimeter fence at least 2m high, and this fencing must contain cladding and other suitable measures to prevent climbing or spying activities.

Against every type of threat

However, the fencing used throughout the competition has had to be incredibly diverse and designed to ward off as many different types of problems as possible. So not only has the fencing had to be able to ensure basic crowd management and be strong enough to stand up to football hooliganism, but it also needs to consider potential terrorist attacks, such as the vehicle-based attacks seen recently throughout Europe. As such, vehicle mitigation systems have been used in conjunction with various types of security fencing to keep the crowds as safe as possible.

Given that there isn’t much of the World Cup left, with only a few matches to go, and there have been no major security issues, we can say that the security fence has really been the true star of the show.

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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