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New Season Safety

It feels like it’s been a very short close season this year.

Obviously the World Cup has something to do with this, but even so it seems as though the goalposts and corner flags have come out of hibernation even quicker than usual.

Even if it has been a ‘blink and you miss it’ break, it’s still essential you give your equipment a thorough safety check before the next campaign really kicks into gear. It’s not the most glamorous part of football, but keeping your goals, nets and other equipment well maintained should always be a priority – as well as ensuring the safety of players and staff, a regular care routine will reduce wear and tear on your equipment, prolonging its life.

A good check starts with how a goal is installed – the manufacturer’s instructions should always have been followed and appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn at all times. If you use moveable goals ensure the people handling them use the correct technique, set them up and also store them correctly. Then carry out a close visual inspection for missing parts, breaks, cracks and other faults.

Our MD Mark Harrod, an independent advisor to the BSI, is always happy to talk with you and offer advice, call him on 01502 711298. You can also find a free safety check guide for your use at www.mhgoals.com https://www.mhgoals.com/about-us/goalpost-safety/

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