Top-class TORO kit for Rugby Centre of excellence

Amy Ellinghamin Rugby

The Vale ResortThe Vale Resort's newly developed Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) National Centre of Excellence has recently been kitted out with a brand new fleet of Toro turf maintenance machinery.

The £4million state-of-the-art training facility is home to the Cardiff Blues rugby team as well as Cardiff City Football Club and the Welsh Football Association, and needed a top-notch fleet to mow and maintain its six international-standard practice pitches.

The WRU charged local machinery dealer Ted Hopkins Limited with selecting the right manufacturer and machines to suit the centre's needs - and the company's Chris Hopkins didn't hesitate to recommend Toro.

Two new Toro Reelmaster 3100-D mowers and a heavy-duty Workman HDX utility vehicle with topdresser are now hard at work at the training ground, which also features an extensive indoor training centre and the world's most advanced 3G outdoor floodlighting.

Geraint Scamel, head greenkeeper at the Vale Resort, which is based in Hensol near Cardiff, says he's delighted with the new arrivals. "Toro machines are fantastic," he enthuses. "I used to use Toro many moons ago on the golf course, but we switched to another manufacturer's machinery - it's great to have Toro back. I'm really pleased with the mowers - they feel really robust and solid when you sit on them. They're the sort of machines you fall in love with!"

What's more, Welsh team manager Alan Phillips has given the Toro fleet the official thumbs up, commenting: "I'm glad Geraint and the boys have got the proper equipment they need to do a top-class job."

For more information on Toro turf maintenance machinery, contact your local Toro dealer or call distributor Lely UK on 01480 226800 or email Alternatively, visit

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