Exciting Football Foundation funded project at Hartpury University

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Zaun‘s sports fencing were selected as part of the new sports facilities installed at Hartpury University and College.

With funding received from The FA Foundation and the Premier League it has been opened as part of a much-needed regeneration of the previous pitch. Inaugurated by Exeter City Manager, Matt Taylor, the pitch meets stringent FIFA quality criteria and will be used to train athletes in an advanced educational environment. Made and installed by SIS pitches in the UK, it raises the bar for sports facilities in Gloucestershire as well as further supporting Hartpury’s reputation as an institution that supports athletic education in England.

The 3G format of the pitch means that it will be used exclusively for football, requiring specific safeguarding around the perimeter of the pitch in order to contain play. The level of play inside this area will be such that a strong and resistant fence will be required in order to effectively contain play, allowing for any impact with the perimeter to be effectively redirected and the impact absorbed by the material. This is particularly pertinent when considering that Hartpury required the entire pitch to be up-to-scratch against FIFA quality checks, legitimising their position as a leading national training centre for young athletes.

The products installed from Zaun were the Spectator Railings, Duo Sports and Super Rebound fencing systems. One of many sports fencing solutions, these two fences were chosen for their robustness which absorbs the impact of high velocity ball sports such as football and discreteness, both in the aesthetic and sonic aspects.

The Duo Sports system was particularly well suited for football as it helps to reduce noise by ~29%, which any resident that lives near a MUGA will tell you is a great improvement. This was achieved through increasing the number of wires in the fence in order to reduce movement and, by extension, kinetic energy that would otherwise be radiated as noise. The fence on the Hartpury pitch is expected to last, making it a great investment for the University and College as well as for the athletes that may attend there.

The serious nature of football at Hartpury requires a perimeter system that will return the ball to play without serious interruption. The Zaun solution to this is the Super Rebound system which was installed in order to cope with these exact challenges. Much like the Duo system, it too uses rubber noise reduction inserts  to reduce noise, making it another great investment for the University and College.

Many athletes and staff at Hartpury will enjoy the new pitch for years to come and players that use the pitch will utilise it as a springboard to further their careers and rise to become professionals in their own right.

Zaun has multiple fencing solutions to many different scenarios and is proud to be able to have taken part in such a transformative local project that will help Hartpury and Gloucestershire foster a generation of athletes now and in the future.

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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