Jim Hague, played for Harrogate Town at 14 years Old.  He played centre forward and has the record for most number of appearances and most number of goals at the Club.  He has Dementia.  Jim has scored more goals than anyone else in the history of the club.  (R) Geoff Butler, He has volunteered at the Club for 60 years. He started volunteering at 14 years old
Jim Hague, played for Harrogate Town at 14 years Old.  He played centre forward and has the record for most number of appearances and most number of goals at the Club.  He has Dementia.  Jim has scored more goals than anyone else in the history of the club.  (R) Geoff Butler, He has volunteered at the Club for 60 years. He started volunteering at 14 years old

Harrogate Town paint up a storm

The Volunteers are affectionately known as ‘Last of the Summer Wine’   All volunteers are in their 60’s and 70’s.

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Volunteers at Harrogate Town are swapping footballs for brushes to help kick Covid-19 to the side-lines. The volunteers are painting the club with ‘next-generation’ paint developed by leading scientists in Yorkshire.

Like any paint, SteriCoat upgrades tired surfaces and is available in any colour, but crucially it is an anti-viral, high performance self-sanitizing paint that performs 24/7.

It’s also non-toxic and eco-friendly. The sustainable solution uses cutting edge water-borne technology, which helps reduce carbon footprint and the need for aggressive alcohol-based cleaners.

Helping to future proof businesses, it is proven to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, including Coronavirus.

(L) Ed Hess (R) Geoff Butler painting the changing rooms
(L) Ed Hess (R) Geoff Butler painting the changing rooms

The volunteers are painting the club’s changing rooms, medical room, offices, and other public areas as part of the club’s efforts to make its grounds as Covid-19 safe as they can.

Marseleen Zeb, Managing Director at Chem X, said:

SteriCoat aims to be the first line of defence for internal surfaces. It offers long-term protection, reduces the risk of cross-contamination, and ultimately helps create self-sanitizing spaces. Science is playing an integral role to help the world recover from Covid-19, and I’m proud of our team behind this innovation. Alongside hand washing, social distancing and following government guidelines, this new paint technology helps provide a further circuit break in the spread of infections.

 

Volunteers (L-R) John Fall played for Harrogate Town in the 1960’s , Ed Hess, this is his first year of volunteering and 66 year old Chris Clewes has been volunteering for three years
Volunteers (L-R) John Fall played for Harrogate Town in the 1960’s , Ed Hess, this is his first year of volunteering and 66 year old Chris Clewes has been volunteering for three years

The SteriCoat paint is applied like normal paint using a brush roller or spray and can be used on any internal hard surface, such as tables, doors, chairs, and worktops, as well as walls in offices, schools, hospices and care homes.

Volunteer (L-R) Jim Hague, Geoff Butler, Ed Hess, John Fall, Chris Clewes
Volunteer (L-R) Jim Hague, Geoff Butler, Ed Hess, John Fall, Chris Clewes

Garry Plant, Managing Director of Harrogate Town, said:

This is just one of the strategies we have in place to help keep players, coaches and fans as safe as possible – not only to protect against Coronavirus but other winter bugs too. It’s a chance for volunteers to help support the club in doing everything we can to reduce risks.

The paint has been tested rigorously and already applied in health settings such as GP practices, in educational settings and in business premises.

Chem X, which is based in Yorkshire, is geared up to roll out their range of anti-viral paint nationally and globally.

Marseleen said:

Scientific innovations like SteriCoat can help kickstart the UK’s economic recovery. It is the future of hygiene.

 



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