Mark Harrod celebrate successful 2019
2019 WHAT A YEAR – INNOVATION, FUN, SUPPORT, NEW FRIENDS
In support of all levels of sports in the UK, we worked hand in hand with Premiership Football Clubs through to grassroots football supporting the up and coming talent in both the boys and girls game. We managed to combine supplying equipment to football at its most elite level both in the able-bodied game and the game for those with physical impairments.
It wasn’t all about football though, as ever many of our customers come from rugby, hockey, cricket and many other sports, at all levels. We worked on one of our largest ever projects within the rugby world in 2019.
Devoshift, the portable goal revolution
We couldn’t talk about 2019 without mentioning the most innovative product to grace a football pitch in years. You got your first glimpse of this new multi-directional portable goal back in January when we released our ‘Spy video’ which gave you a brief look at what was to come. In February with the ‘The mobile goal revolution’ prototype video, we showed our initial testing on a 3G pitch.
In March, two years on from the DevoShift’s initial design we were ready for a long term test. The new goal was designed for use on high quality and synthetic pitches, where it could be manoeuvred with ease in all directions, giving it greater mobility over any other portable goal that had gone before. Who better to test the goal than our friends at Wolves. Wolves took delivery of a 12×6 DevoShift goal and put it through its paces at their Sir Jack Hayward Academy home at Compton. It was used (and probably abused) for 8 months before we felt we were ready to roll our finished product.
Wolves loved the concept and the promise the goal initially showed was proven through the testing period. Wolves became the first of many top-level clubs to place an order and they received their first pair for their U23 and U18s show pitch in November.
Continued support for the English Schools’ FA
For the fourth year, Mark Harrod Ltd was proud to be able to demonstrate its commitment to grassroots football with its partnership with ESFA. As Official Goalpost Supplier to the schools’ football body, we gift goals every year for use at the Playstation Schools’ Cup three-day national finals which this year were held at the West Bromwich Albion Hawthorns stadium.
Mark Harrod Ltd also provided 4 pairs of 7-a-side goals for the South West U11s English Schools Cup finals. For both events, Mark Harrod Ltd not only provided the equipment but delivered and installed it too.
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