Boro’s Friend unveils new 3G AGP on Teesside

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Middlesbrough FC (MFC) fans’ favourite George Friend has officially opened the MFC Foundation’s new 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP).

The popular Boro defender cut the ribbon on the £½ million full-sized all-weather 3G pitch at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston, then put a group of talented young footballers from Chandlers Ridge Academy through their paces the new surface.

The project was installed by Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd and Dawn Fencing Limited of Leigh – which has been going more than 30 years and is the only fencing contractor dedicated solely to sports – following a £450,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. At the same time, Tees Valley Community Foundation chipped in £50,000.

Smiths provided a new land drainage system, repairs to the existing sub-base, new fencing, floodlighting and a spectator viewing area – and will provide ongoing maintenance of the 3G surface.

Dawn turned to sports fence systems manufacturer Zaun, which provided its renowned Duo8 Super Rebound sports fencing, spectator railings and gates.

George was joined by the Deputy Mayor for Redcar and Cleveland, Neil Bendelow, and MFC Foundation Chair of Trustees Stewart Smith as the newly refurbished full-size floodlit pitch was opened.

He said: ‘I love the new pitch. It’s great that the Foundation now has such a superb facility. It’s a professional standard, and hopefully, the local community can come and play like professionals on it!’

MFC Foundation head Helena Pinder said: ‘We are delighted after the new facility. It looks fantastic, and we are looking forward to opening it up to the public and local community to use.’

Boro defender George Friend puts Academy pupils through their paces

About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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