After 66 years at their previous home, Mill Field, Aveley FC’s new £4.8 million stadium complex at Parkside is just a stone’s throw away. A full-size 3G artificial pitch is at the heart of the club’s new state-of-the-art facility and they have invested in an RTC Brush unit from Charterhouse Turf Machinery to maintain the pitch and protect and perfect the synthetic surface.

The club is home to 21 youth teams, a 1st team, reserve team, academy training and games as well as opening its doors to a couple of community clubs. With no dedicated grounds team, the maintenance falls into the hands of Chief Executive Craig Johnson. “When the carpet was installed, I asked the fitters for their advice on what kit they recommend we look at and the RTC unit was top of their list” explains Craig.

The RTC has been developed with regular brushing in mind, the tractor and brush combination allows the operator to quickly and effectively brush surfaces, ensuring regular maintenance is carried out with ease. The RTC brushes fold to allow storage and access through gaps as narrow as 90cm, though when folded out the unit will cover an impressive 200cm in one-pass. Powered by a 24hp twin cylinder engine, the brushes can also be lifted from the operators seat giving the user complete control of the pressure applied.

“I’m going out on it every week at the moment, which is after roughly 15 hours of play. It’s simple to use and is doing a great job of keeping the infill free of debris and compaction. The 3G pitch will hopefully be a healthy revenue stream for us so it’s in our interests to keep it looking and playing at its best – but without a grounds team I need a maintenance regime that’s time-efficient and effective and the RTC unit is just the job!”