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Old Saltleians Rugby Club Secures Grant to Purchase Iseki

Old Saltleians Rugby Club, located in Birmingham, has received a grant of £5000 from the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF), a Limited Company Charity set up by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 2003.

The RFF Groundmatch Grant Scheme aims to provide "easy-to-access grant funding for capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players". Old Saltleians Rugby Club applied for funding to purchase grounds maintenance equipment for it's 12-acre facility.

Club Chairman Peter Holmes and Secretary Colin Gardner sought advice from Keith Kent, the RFU Head Groundsman, about the best machinery options for the club. Explaining the decision making process, Peter said:

"Keith's input towards this project has been really helpful. We are a small local club with very limited funds and have always used second-hand machinery. We explained our situation to Keith and, without hesitation, he recommended Iseki's new premium economy tractor: the TLE3400. We took his advice, and with the money secured from the grant, we purchased the tractor with a roller mower attachment to go with it."

Old Saltleians, is one of the first in the country to purchase the new tractor from Iseki. The TLE3400 is part of the TL Series of compact tractors and features a 38hp engine, a three-speed hydrostatic transmission system and a lift capacity of 1000kg, making it a powerful and versatile piece of equipment ideal for sports fields, schools and other grounds maintenance applications.

In addition to his club secretary duties, Colin Gardner also operates the tractor. Commenting on the new piece of equipment, Colin said:

"We are over the moon with our new piece of kit. The tractor is extremely easy to use; we have a groundsman, Steve Loveridge, and a part-time groundsman, Luke Turner, and all of us were able to pick up the controls very quickly. It's a versatile tractor; in the future, we'll look at buying more attachments for it, but it's great to know that it has the capacity for us to be able to use it for a multitude of groundcare practises. I can't find any faults with it; I almost wish the grass would grow quicker so I can use it more often!"

Peter and Colin both claim that the purchase will mean significant savings being made in fuel and servicing costs due to the efficient and reliable reputation of Iseki machinery. The tractor was supplied by local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer T H White. Commenting on the purchasing experience, Peter said:

"I have been very impressed with our local dealer. You hear about some smaller clubs who get disregarded unless they're placing a large order, but T H White has been extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole process. T H White carried out a BAGMA installation process which ensured that all of our operators were fully trained and competent whilst using the machinery, which was reassuring and provided us with confidence moving forwards."

Old Saltleians Rugby Club was established in 1933, six years after Mr W J Lawrie was appointed headmaster of Saltley Grammar School and introduced rugby football to the school. Today, the club comprises of junior, senior, mini and ladies teams.

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Groundcare team wins national award from global manufacturer

On 11 October several members of the T H WHITE Groundcare team attended a UK Dealer Conference delivered by Textron Specialized Vehicles in Colchester.

Textron Specialized Vehicles (TSV) is a global manufacturer with subsidiary brands including Ransomes, Jacobsen, E-Z-GO, Cushman and more in the UK. During the conference, the team was given an update on future products and the opportunity to see the machinery up close, including the new MAR series of mowers, the HM600 and the ELiTE golf car range.

As part of the event, TSV conducted their annual awards ceremony, and the T H WHITE Groundcare team was delighted to be awarded with the 2017 UK and Ireland Premier Service Dealer of the Year award, as well as a Certificate of Commendation for the Proturf Dealer of the Year award category.