17th Jan 2020
2020 marks our 5th year working in partnership with Freedom Leisure, taking ownership of the group’s artificial turf pitch maintenance requirements.
When it comes to achieving the best performance and return on investment (ROI) for any artificial sports pitch, it’s not only about ensuring that the initial construction is carried out to the highest standard. Experience and regular professional maintenance is just as important to the quality and longevity of a pitch.
Freedom Leisure have always been aware of these requirements, seeking to ensure that their facilities are always playing to the high standard customers expect, and working with S&C Slatter since 2015 to achieve this.
To secure the initial account, our specialist maintenance division prepared a ‘packaged’ business proposal which delivered a range of maintenance-focussed solutions to help ensure Freedom Leisure maximise the financial return from their original capital investments.
Sharon Morfitt, the group’s Procurement Manager commented that S&C Slatter:
“Worked tirelessly to gain not only our business but our trust in their ability to manage this area of our business. Through their hard work and determination they have managed to stem our reactive maintenance and provide a more comprehensive planned service at a very competitive rate.
Most impressive was the time and effort that clearly went into the planning stages and the level of detail they were able to provide to assist us in understanding how we were managing this area.
Now that the contract has begun, the sites have had nothing but praise for the service on site; clearly this is a contractor who places a lot of store on delivering a service to a high standard as promised from the outset; it is refreshing to find a contractor who values our business as much as we do and for this reason I would not hesitate to recommend SC Slatter moving forward.”
To understand in detail Freedom Leisure’s site requirements, S&C Slatter’s maintenance division, S&C Slatter Sports Maintain, visited each artificial turf facility and conducted a full maintenance assessment, incorporating the 3G or Sand-filled artificial turf surface, fencing and general infrastructure. From this the company was able to make specific and planned recommendations aimed at sustaining the active life of each pitch over an extended period and underpinned by a cost proposal which reflected the savings accrued by combining a number of sites with a single contract.
Like all great working relationships, our collaboration has grown over the years, incorporating 9 new sites with additional facilities for our maintenance division to nurture.
Overall, we now provide roughly 180 scheduled maintenance visits throughout the year across 20 Freedom Leisure sites in total.
Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust which manages leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK.
With a focus on increasing participation, improving services and delivering quality experiences for customers, as well as reducing negative environmental impact, the trust not only provides high quality facilities for users across the UK, but does so with the wider community and environment in mind, values that strongly align with our own and many of our clients.
We look forward to continuing this partnership in 2020 and beyond, working with Freedom Leisure to support their vision of ‘Improving lives through leisure’ by maintaining their artificial sporting facilities to the high standard expected of the trust, their clients and their partners.