With four training days during the week leading up to match day on Saturday, Falkirk FC’s laundry needs are extremely demanding. For 12 years, Falkirk FC outsourced the laundry of all garments worn by players, including kits, socks, bibs, and waterproof jackets. The club’s kit man regularly had to haul the kit to a laundrette and it was a lengthy and challenging task to make sure it was clean and ready for training and match days. Having little control over how items are laundered also meant that the club couldn’t decide for itself what detergent was used, or at what temperature wash the kits should be laundered.
Outsourcing laundry was also having a financial impact on the club. The squad and reserve team train and work out in the gym on the same day, and wear different clothing for each session. This meant up to 40 t-shirts, shorts and pairs of socks needed to be washed in one day, easily racking up a substantial laundry bill for the club in a short space of time.
Falkirk FC decided that it was time to take a whole new approach to its washing requirements and make the leap to on-premise laundry (OPL). When managers began looking for appliances, they came across local white goods supplier, Thain Commercial. The club’s managers were looking for machines that offer programmes that specialise in washing muddy clothes. With this in mind, they selected two Miele PWT6089 washing machines and two Miele PTT7189 tumble dryers. Thain Commercial installed the machines in the new laundry room in a matter of days.
Willie O’Neil, kit man at Falkirk FC, said: “While fans only see our players on match days, our players spend the week training to stay on top of their game. As a result, laundry is a daily task. Now that we have an OPL facility, I can wash garments there and then, making the process much less burdensome than when we were outsourcing the service. Introducing an OPL meant turning a room from a storage facility into something that could accommodate washing machines and tumble dryers, so it was a big upheaval. But Thain Commercial made our transition to OPL seamless, and the team are on hand if any issues occur.”