Rentokil Initial has been re-signed as Saracens Rugby Club’s official hygiene partner, for the 20/21 Greene King IPA Championship season.
With fans returning to stadiums this strategic partnership, which at its announcement in August 2020 was believed to be a “first” in UK sport, will help to ensure the ‘Safe Return to Sport’ at StoneX Stadium.
Rentokil Initial will be providing a bespoke range of disinfection services and products including the installation of VIRUSKILLER air purification technology, which is proven to kill 99.9999% of viruses, including Coronavirus*. VIRUSKILLER units also decontaminate the air, by not only trapping but also killing airborne viruses, bacteria** and fungi. As our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 transmission increases, there is an increased awareness of the need to implement measures to help control the air we breathe in indoor settings. Rentokil Initial will also provide a range of washroom products and services onsite as the club prioritises the health and safety of its players, staff and stakeholders.
Disinfection treatments will be tailored to each individual area of the site from the players’ changing rooms, to the stands and the main hospitality concourse. This will include the use of UVC lamps, electrostatic disinfection and mist blowing space treatment. Deep cleans of the onsite kitchens will also be undertaken and will include TR19 compliant kitchen ventilation deep cleaning.
Saracens Operations Director, Richard Gregg said: “As a club, caring for our people is at the heart of everything we do and the safety of our staff and supporters is of paramount importance to us. As we deliver the guidance from DCMS ‘Elite sport Stage Five – return to competition: safe return of spectators’, this partnership will provide services and products above and beyond the necessary hygiene requirements, to help ensure a Covid-safe and secure environment for all visitors to the StoneX Stadium. Rentokil Initial is an integral partner that will facilitate the exciting next step of us welcoming crowds back.”
Jamie Woodhall, Technical and Innovation Manager, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene and Initial Washroom Hygiene, added: “We are proud to be supporting Saracens Rugby Club with a best-practice approach to hygiene and cross contamination prevention. The return of fans to live sport has been long awaited by many, and represents another significant step in the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.
“We hope that by having all of these hygiene measures in place as well as VIRUSKILLER units located in key indoor areas, it will provide confidence to staff, players and fans, and set the benchmark for sports stadiums across the country to follow in providing safe and clean air inside, and hygiene-confidence for all.”
* When independently tested against Coronavirus DF2 (a surrogate for Coronavirus), Adenovirus, Influenza and Polio, the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of viruses on a single air pass.
**When independently tested against reference bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus subsp. Aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli), the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of bacteria on a single air pass.