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Sterling data solution for football club’s state-of-the-art media centre


A vast amount of data cabling is required to keep Swansea City Football Club’s media centre running smoothly – and Marshall-Tufflex’s Sterling Curve and Sterling XL PVC-U trunking have provided the perfect cable management solutions.

The club plays in the English Football League Championship and its media centre is regularly used by news and media agencies, such as Sky Sports, for outside broadcasts, interviews and press conferences.

The large amount of cabling required to service the centre is now managed via Marshall-Tufflex’s trunking fitted across four media rooms, which form part of the club’s new Fairwood training base. The state-of-the-art facility was built in collaboration with Swansea University at a cost of £10.5million.

Sterling Curve perimeter trunking is a three compartment, sleek, data compliant trunking with one or two curved data compartments. It has been specially designed to stop clutter, prevent dust traps and be easily cleaned. It is also easy and cost effective to install and incorporates a 25mm bend radius that allows it to be manipulated around corners for a sleek finish.

Accompanying this, Sterling XL trunking was chosen for its large capacity provided by deep, four-part compartments that can be segregated and added too. The system can be fed from larger trunking systems for increased cable distribution.

Both cable management solutions were supplied by Electrical Wholesale Supplies (Swansea) Ltd and designed and installed By EmC Services electrical contractors based in Carmarthen, Wales. Each is suitable for dado and skirting application and have power boxes available to comply with Part M/DDA requirements for visual impairment. They are available in white or charcoal as standard, are compliant up to Cat 7a and include adjustable data boxes that can be screened to help against electromagnetic interference.

This is the first time Swansea City FC has had its own training facility, previously using different local pitches and sports clubs. The Fairwood training base is predominantly used by the first team and has cutting-edge facilities that, alongside football pitches, include a high tech gym, altitude chamber, hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms, large kit room and social areas.

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