Premier League Football Club Chelsea FC has transformed the entrances to the first team training pitches at their Cobham training ground with the installation of baseguard - a new product and service by Complete Weed Control, the UK's leading specialist contract service for the eradication of all problem weeds.
Head Groundsman Jason Griffin has a long a successful relationship with Complete Weed Control (London South) having dealt with the company for almost twenty years.
"Cobham is such a big site - probably the largest training complex in the country, and legislation with spraying changes so much. It's far easier for me to take that headache out of the equation and let Richard Allen and his team deal with all of our spraying needs.
"They are reliable and I know that they have very high standards, so I don't have to worry about their work as they are so good at what they do.
We have access areas on to the pitches, which was previously covered in bark and I was looking at alternative surfaces as there is a lot of traffic from footfall and machines going onto the pitches - all of which was bringing mud and mess onto the pitches. Richard suggested a new product - baseguard.
Following a site survey, Complete Weed Control (London South) sent a team to remove the existing surface and create what Jason describes as 'the finishing touch'.
The baseguard surface is available in a wide range of colours to create attractive finishes and bespoke designs and can also be readily installed on both new and existing surfaces.
Typically, it is ready for use within 24 hours of application. Uses include:
- Children's play surfaces
- Pedestrian areas
- Anywhere that needs an impact-absorbing safe surface
"The new surface is cleaner and far more practical than what we previously had. baseguard just finishes the area off and looks very professional."
As well as working at the Cobham training, CWC carry out work at Stamford Bridge. "Anything we want doing here, I will ask Richard to do, and his team do it. We have a very close relationship.
I have used them for many years - first dealing with Richard's father John and can't fault them. They save us so much manpower and are experts in what they do." said Jason.