Manchester City’s City Football Academy (CFA) – the Premier League football club’s recently opened youth development and first team training centre in the heart of East Manchester – has continued its relationship with Toro for all its turf maintenance needs.
The 80–acre regenerated brownfield site is adjacent to the Etihad Stadium and part of the wider 200 acres known as the Etihad Campus.
Following a deal made with local Toro dealers Cheshire Turf Machinery, five Toro Reelmaster 5510 mowers, two Multi Pro 5800 sprayers, five Workman MDX-D utility vehicles and a ProCore 1298 aerator have been welcomed on site, along with three TYM 603 tractors.
MCFC grounds manager Roy Rigby, the man behind the decision to work with Toro, says it was a choice heavily based on reliability and his long history with the brand.
“The CFA has 16.5 football pitches in total, 13.5 of which are natural grass, so reliability is key. With Toro, I know that no matter what the weather, the machine will always turn on and get the job done to the same high standard time after time,” Roy says.
Having worked with Toro and Cheshire Turf Machinery for the past 25 years of his career, Roy says he’s developed a great relationship with both companies over the years.
Managing a team of 18 people – 14 grounds staff at the new training grounds, and one landscaper and three grounds staff at the Etihad stadium – Roy says: “We already had Toro at MCFC’s old training grounds and I used Toro at Blackburn Rovers too, so I feel very comfortable with the machines, as do my grounds team.”
Steve Halley, MD of Cheshire Turf Machinery and Roy Rigby, MCFC ground manager with the new Toro fleet at the new City Football Academy.
Manchester City’s Football Academy Chooses Toro
Manchester United F.C. has seen its Toro fleet grow thanks to the arrival of a new Toro ProCore 648 and four Reelmaster 3100-D ride-on mowers.
The new ProCore joins two others, making the Premier League club owners of three pedestrian aerators; one at the Old Trafford stadium the other two at the club’s practice grounds.
Tony Sinclair, Grounds Manager at Manchester United, says the ProCore is one of the most important tools he has at his disposal.
“What I like is the way in which the ProCore does such a precise, neat job with no heave. I would happily aerate with these just ahead of a game, the finish is so good,” he says.
“The ProCore 648s provide vital year-round aeration for us and have proven to be invaluable. We were the first Premiership Club to use these tools and now everyone has one. They are versatile and dependable. I would not want to be without them.”
Tony adds he and the club have been long-time Toro users, with the four new Reelmasters joining an existing model to bring his fleet up to five. All are used for pitch mowing, a clean, well-presented finish rating as a priority.
“The mowers deliver a fine, sharp finish and are easy to use and set up,” Tony says. “Toro mowers are robust and reliable and they have never let me down. We have bought these new mowers because we knew what we are going to get. High performance matched to high quality.
“To work every day with a team of dedicated groundsmen at Manchester United, caring for not just the stadium, but the academy and practice grounds too, is such a rewarding job.
“We have 23 pitches plus the stadium to look after and we take great pride in each and every one,” he adds. “We have high standards to maintain so expect the equipment we use to meet our needs. Toro provide reliability, high performance and a first class finish, which are our top priorities.”
TORO FLEET GROWS AT MANCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
Tony Sinclair, MUFC grounds manager, centre, with Peter McGreevy, Cheshire Turf Machinery, left, and Nigel Lovatt, Lely UK, right, with the new Toro’s at Old Trafford.
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