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Real Madrid sign up Matchsaver

Real Madrid and IFK Goteburg have signed deals with UK-based pitch covers specialists Matchsaver.

The agreements will see Matchsaver install their unique automated pitch protection systems at the home stadia of La Liga side Real Madrid and Swedish outfit IFK Göteborg.

The pitch protection system can be activated in less than ten minutes and almost entirely eliminates the need for match cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.

As well as reducing the costs incurred through cancelling matches, rescheduling and cancellation insurance, Matchsaver also can reduce the cost of undersoil heating by 70% due to its thermal barrier properties.

Real Madrid's English groundsman Paul Burgess is delighted with the Matchsaver system and has pledged to order two more for the club's training ground.

"At Real Madrid we constantly strive to keep our playing surfaces in world class condition, this is why we chose the Matchsaver system," Burgeess said.

"It was excellent value, both in terms of cost and performance. The team’s training schedule is very tight and we didn’t want to be restricted by adverse weather conditions, I have been so impressed with the system that I have requested an additional two systems for our training ground.

"Our Matchsaver system now enables us to train when we want, without interruption as the pitch can be protected from rain, frost and snow at the press of a button. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matchsaver."

Matt Morris

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