When Charlton Athletics experienced grounds man and former player Colin Powell noticed some problems with the grass growth in one corner of the Valley pitch, he knew that the problem was due to lack of air flow. This is a problem that often occurs in modern wrap around stadiums, where air flow at pitch level is restricted. Having Andrews Sykes as the official club sponsor, Colin knew that a solution would be found. After visiting the stadium and talking to the pitch experts, the Andrews engineers recommended the positioning of two ventilation fans in the problem area.
Within one hour, two Andrews ASF950 ventilation fans were delivered and put to work. The fans have successfully helped keep the grass looking fresh, green and perfect for play. In fact it has been said that the pitch is looking its best for several years. Football league clubs do not have access to the same expensive pitch maintenance equipment that is often seen being used by Premier league clubs, but with simple improvisation the results are equally effective.
Andrews Ventilation Hire provide a wide range of specialist units for polluted air extraction and fume removal, as well as an extensive range of ventilation and cooling fans which are used in industrial, commercial and construction applications.
It is not the first time that Andrews have been called to help out on the pitch, but usually we are asked to provide heaters to assist in keeping the pitch protected from frost and ice. Charlton are just one of many football and rugby clubs across the UK that use Andrews to keep their playing surface in tip top condition.