Rugby Centre of Excellence

The £4 million WRU National Centre of Excellence, which provides training facilities for the Welsh rugby team, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff City FC and the Welsh FA at the Vale Resort near Cardiff, South Wales has selected Complete Weed Control (South Wales) for its selective weed control maintenance programme ensuring the resort and two golf courses are always in pristine condition.
The state-of-the-art resort provides the best available pitches and training facilities on both natural and artificial surfaces for specialist and personal training at the highest level.
Simon Heal, Head of sportsturf and estates at the Vale Resort told The Landscaper that working with Complete Weed Control helps provide surfaces similar to that of the nearby Millennium Stadium, where the company also provide spraying services.
“CWC are a massive help and have helped us reduce the amount of chemicals that we previously used,” explains Simon. “We’ve been trying to keep our grass surfaces as hardy as possible throughout the year. We’ve got a good relationship with Nick who also assists us with taking soil samples so that we can monitor any diseases and put a suitable plan in to place.”
There are five full size pitches, three 60×40 pitches plus ‘off-field’ training areas and one 3G artificial surface – all have to be maintained to a high standard ensuring playing characteristics are the same across all pitches.
“Complete Weed Control has been working here for almost ten years, first at our two golf courses and now at the Centre of Excellence. We meet at least once a month to talk over what will be happening at the centre and the fertiliser programme we will be working to.”
As an ex- Cardiff City player himself, Simon knows what the players and management staff expect from the playing surfaces. “I’ve got a great relationship with Malky Mackay, the Cardiff City Manager, and we work together on producing the best possible playing surface for his players.”
The contractor also sprays any hard-standing area around the resort including club houses, the hotel and the new apartment development, described as Wales’ most exclusive address.
“CWC are a great team to work with and very knowledgeable. If I ever have a specific problem, I know I can trust them to help me find the correct solution.”
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