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Spurs boys with toys

6:30 pm
Boys with toys and when you are Tottenham Hotspur Grounds Manager in charge of the upkeep of the training facilities you get to choose the toys you want to play with.

Darren Baldwin is our Grounds Manager and he has been choosing new equipment to use. He has settled upon a SISIS tractor mounted brush combination of a Zig Zag brush and Flexicomb, fitted to a Twinplay frame.

Did you get that chaps, no nor did I, let's have a look at a picture instead.

Spurs boys with toys


That explains it better doesn't it, a picture speaks a thousand words, a tractor with big wheels and a brush thingy (it's a technical term) on the back. Apparently this device can be used on artificial and real grass of which we have both at our new state of the art training facility.

Baldwin manages 20 groundcare professionals (groundsmen) to you and I, who no doubt will all want a play with the new toy, sorry groundcare equipment.

Daily they maintain one and a half outdoor pitches and a 70 x 50 metre indoor synthetic pitch which are used every day. Plenty of time for joy riding then, sorry essential maintenance.

Darren Baldwin explained dealing with supplier and using the right machinery was a key part of his role at Tottenham.

"An important part of my job is to work with key suppliers within the industry. 
"Here at Tottenham Hotspur we have a number of key suppliers that we work with from fertilisers and chemicals and in my view, most importantly, machinery, where we will use two or three key suppliers to make sure that we get all of the equipment that we need for the specific jobs we are required to do. 
"An integral part of our synthetic surface maintenance equipment is the SISIS Flexicomb and Zig Zag brushes, which we use on a regular basis throughout the week."

OK the technical bits for all you lawn mower boffins, must be thousands of you reading this.

The SISIS Flexicomb boasts 52 sets of polyproylene bristles which can be stiffened or softened by a simple adjustment. On synthetic surfaces, the Flexicomb grooms the pitch, stands up the carpet fibres and returns the playing surface to a perfect condition, ensuring an even distribution of infill material.

Contain yourselves gentlemen there is more.

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The Flexicomb can be used on natural turf as either a brush or a rake, showing the versatility which Baldwin reveals made it the ideal choice for him.

"The main reason for our use of the Flexicomb is its versatility - not only do we use it on the synthetic pitches but also our natural pitches. 
"We find it useful to use after training sessions where we will go over the area with the brushes which stands the grass up ready for us to hoover up any debris. 
"The SISIS brushes are so simple to use. There are times when we need to de-compact the synthetic surface which requires a stiffer setting and there are other times where we are just looking for a light brush over of the surface, but it only takes minutes to adjust. The system is very quick and keeps presentation of the surface very high. 
"The best feature on the SISIS synthetic equipment is its flexibility. The Zig Zag brush is very important at the front to even out the rubber crumb before the Flexicomb comes behind and is brilliant at standing up the fibres and evenly distributing the rubber infill.  
"We’ve had outstanding success with the Flexicomb and would fully recommend it to be used on any synthetic surface."

Quotes from the groundsman, sorry Grounds Manager, and technical wizardry about lawn mowers with a tractor and big wheels thrown in, I bet you guys can't believe your luck today.



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Building work to be approved tonight

12:47 pm
The development of the training facility continues with the approval of planning permission to be given tonight for a 500-seat stand to be constructed at Tottenham's state of the art training complex.

Tottenham Training Complex
Tottenham Training Complex at Hotspur Way will soon see floodlights

Approval will also be given for floodlights at Hotspur Way by Enfield Borough Council at their planning meeting this evening. There is opposition from local residents of course, which have been led by Jill Simpson since 2008. The council delayed a decision on February 25th this year before visiting Hotspur Way themselves on March 22nd. During that visit they assessed the impact the proposals might have for the local residents.

The council have decided t approve the application as campaigner Jill told the local newspaper.

“The report recommends the application be granted and Spurs’ need has been cited as the main reason and probably the only reason. The new developments are, despite how it has been worded in the report, against all national and local planning laws for the green belt.

“If you or I lived in the green belt in a conservation area, would we be allowed to build a permanent structure that would affect our neighbours just because a club we were a member of required it?”

The wording of that rather sounds like she doesn't actually live in the area herself but is a professional campaigner, she may well live there but it certainly doesn't sound like it.

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All we need now is Champions League football so we can source more money from sponsorship deals and be in a stronger bargaining position to raise the capital we require to build a new stadium. Tottenham need to increase income to compete on a more level playing field with the top four and Manchester United, not that we will get near Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

We need the income to afford the players to get us there but we need to be there to afford to build a new stadium. Everything will now have to wait again while we try and qualify next season for the season after.

It is so important that it is obvious it will not be left to a novice manager and that Louis Van Gaal or Cesare Prandelli will be taking over after the World Cup.



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