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Imants Visit in Holland, and Staffordshire FA


Jeff Lenihan

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After the pitch renovation in Denmark, I left with Lee in the truck to drive it home to Macclesfield. We went down into Germany and across into the Netherlands to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Hull.

 

On the way across Holland, we stopped in to the small town of Reusel, which is just outside of Eindhoven. This is where the Imants offices and manufacturing plant is located. I met the owner of Imants, Felix Peters, who showed us around.

 

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The Imants factory

 

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Imants Spader for agriculture

 

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Shockwaves almost ready to go out

 

Imants run a very efficient operation and have many new ideas for products. They are known for cutting edge technology and it shows through the machinery they make.

 

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Waiting for the ferry from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Hull, England

 

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There was a bar, movie theater, and live shows on the boat

 

On Saturday, we were back in England at a pitch belonging to the Stafford Rangers, a lower league football team. They agreed to let a local company, Fine Turf Services, and us renovate their pitch and invite people to see it.

 

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Staffordshire FA presentation

 

The Staffordshire FA was there too. They are a regional "arm" of the Football Association and are trying to promote youth grassroots football. Gareth Thomas, a football development officer, organized the whole thing and is really invested in helping out local groundsman. Andrew Jackson from Stoke City FC was also on hand and helped answer many questions.

 

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Different method of leveling a goalmouth using the Koro Field Top Maker

 

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Pitch has no irrigation so they tried a walking sprinkler. Might need to get a couple more!

 

The event attracted many groundsmen who run sites with low budgets and are looking for help to know how to properly maintain their pitch with the money they have. It was a really good day, and hopefully will lead to improvement in local football pitches.

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