Product – Bespoke Ball Stop System

Edwards Sports have supplied and installed three ball stop / barrier systems at Arsenal FC’s training ground in London Colney.

These bespoke systems were specially designed to meet the requirements set by Arsenal FC’s groundsman Steve Braddock. The grounds team at Arsenal regularly faced certain challenges in their attempts to maintain the quality surfaces required for top level football and this led to certain requirements being given to Edwards Sports in designing and manufacturing a solution.

These requirements were:

  • To supply and install a post & net system that can be erected and demounted frequently
  • To divide big pitches up into smaller pitches for training
  • To stop players / staff entering certain parts of the training ground
  • To stop stray footballs going from one pitch to another

Two systems were supplied and installed on the youth and reserve team pitches. A third system was then later installed for the first team pitch after Arsene Wenger asked for a similar system.

The three systems comprised of:

  • Steel ball stop posts powder coated green to take tensioned wires
  • Steel ball stop posts c/w wooden spring loaded doors to gain access to the pitches
  • Permanent ground sockets to accept steel posts
  • Lightweight aluminium ball stop posts powder coated green to support wire
  • Removable ground screw sockets to accept aluminium posts
  • Green extra heavy duty ball stop netting c/w wire enclosed in PVC banding
  • Ratchets to tension wire to ball stop posts

Edwards Sports regularly supply standard and bespoke solutions to football clubs from grassroots to Premier League level throughout our 130 year history.