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Improving conditions at rugby facility

Published 27th June, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Improving conditions at rugby facility

New Altro Flexiflow resin flooring is proving popular with players at the Welsh Rugby Union's Vale Resort centre of excellence, by delivering a high level of warmth and comfort underfoot in a high-tech training environment.

Opened in 2009, the £4 million Vale Resort boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including three full-size outdoor pitches, gyms and hi-tech medical and training equipment. All Welsh international players selected to represent their country at any level train at the site.

The Vale Resort is one of the first sites in the UK to have Altro Flexiflow installed, and this has come about as a direct result of the WRU's excellent relationship with GR & RG Finishers and Altro. Gary Lucas from GR & RG Finishers, who installed the Altro Flexiflow flooring, said: “I have worked with the WRU for many years and carried out a number of installations of Altro products on the site - including vinyl and resin flooring, Altro Whiterock wall cladding and ceilings. Altro has always been the WRU's manufacturer of choice, specifically because of the success of these products. More recently, I knew there was an area of flooring that the club wanted to improve on - 65m2 in the Welsh players' changing rooms just outside the cryotherapy chamber. It was hard, worn tiles, which were old and very cold and uncomfortable underfoot for the players. Not pleasant to walk on at all. I knew about new Altro Flexiflow and I was confident that it would be a huge improvement, being much warmer and softer underfoot and less noisy as well. I spoke to Alan Phillips of the WRU and Gareth Skeet, the buildings development manager at the Vale Resort, and explained to them the benefits of the new product. They agreed to go ahead and we selected the Altro Flexiflow 6mm acoustic version to give maximum comfort levels underfoot.”

The Altro Flexiflow comfort version also offers robustness and flexibility, but with added comfort underfoot. Available in 2mm thickness, this product is great to walk and stand on and is perfect where people are on their feet all day.

Altro Flexiflow flooring also has an acoustic option - which was installed at the Vale Resort - available in 6mm thickness. This has good noise reduction properties and an enhanced level of comfort underfoot, reducing the fatigue caused by long periods of standing on hard floors in areas such as music rooms, libraries, school classrooms and assembly rooms.

Gareth Skeet, business development manager at the Vale Resort, said: “The new Altro flooring is already making a huge difference in terms of comfort, warmth and overall wellbeing for players. The old tile flooring outside the cryotherapy chamber was very uncomfortable, hard and cold underfoot, and it became a priority to raise comfort levels here because temperatures within the cryotherapy chamber can get very low so ensuring players are warm and comfortable as they dress and undress is key. I have seen the new flooring and spoken to players and the feedback is very positive indeed - much warmer, softer and more comfortable. Everyone is very pleased. The feedback about the flooring in the stretching gym in the high altitude area has also been very good, the new floors are softer underfoot, which in high impact areas is very important for players' health and comfort. Gary and his team from GR & RG Finishers have done a great job for us over the years. They have also created some fantastic graphics of the WRU feathers logo in reception and outside the cryotherapy chambers using different coloured Altro flooring. Very skilfully done, it looks superb.”

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