Protecting fans: Harrogate Town paints its ground with new Covid resistant paint

Harrogate Town are going the extra mile to protect their fans by painting the club with Covid resistant paint as part of ‘next-generation’ science developed in Yorkshire.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 3:22 pm

Now that the club is welcoming back 500 fans at a time within the limits of the Tier 2 rules set by the Government, Harrogate Town are determined to make watching football a safe environment for all, which is where SteriCoat comes into play.

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.

Anti-Covid paint volunteers at Harrogate Town's ground - 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. (Picture by Gary Lawson)

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.

Recent days have seen a hardy bunch of volunteers - including a group of fans affectionately known as of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ - at Harrogate Town's EnviroVent Stadium 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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

SteriCoat is made by Bradford based Chem X Limited

The anti-viral paint is available in different colours and can be discounted for Key worker environments including hospitals, schools, care homes, retirement homes, hospices, student halls, GP surgery and others.

The product is an eco- friendly sustainable solution and helps towards carbon net 0, due to its water borne formulation.

The University of Bradford represented by Dr Maria Katsikogianni and Dr Pete Twigg will further study Chem X products by looking at antimicrobial efficacy with substrates and wear.

SteriCoat™ has been independently tested in the United Kingdom against model Coronavirus in conjunction with the British Standard ISO21702:2019: Measurement of Antiviral Activity On Plastics And Other Non- Porous Surfaces (British Standard), showing efficacy of 98.34% and 96.91%.

It has also been tested to the British Standard ISO 22196:2011:

Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces, showing 99.93 and 99.92% efficacy against MRSA and E. coli.

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