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.
Photo shows volunteers (L-R) Jim Hague, Geoff Butler, Ed Hess, John Fall, Chris Clewes
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.”
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.
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.”
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
SteriCoat is made by Bradford based Chem X Limited.
The anti-viral paint costs £47.17 +VAT per 2.5 litres and 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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Main photo shows 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.
Photo credit: Gary Lawson