Football Association Of Wales
A key part of the strategy was the creation of a new National Development Centre in Wrexham, North Wales, to complement existing facilities at Dragon Park,
Newport, South Wales. The £5million elite training facility would follow an existing blue print, and be developed in association with key partners at Colliers Park, Wrexham.
In addition to ‘state-of-the-art’ pitches and facilities, the project team knew they would need a scalable and secure networking infrastructure to support players, staff, students, and visitors – and they asked Advatek to help them.
“We needed extensive Wi-Fi coverage across the site, and a new network (LAN) to serve the groups using the centre” says Evren Karaibrahimgil , ICT Manager. “Secure high-speed connectivity to our Cloud services, and links to the internet and our other sites were key.”
Based on FAW’s clear and specific needs, Advatek designed and installed an innovative and secure networking and connectivity solution.
Continues Evren Karaibrahimgil: “Our use of cloudbased services like Office 365 continues to grow. We also wanted to make greater use of collaboration services, like Microsoft Teams to enable people to get together over video rather than travelling long distances for face to face meetings.”
The Advatek solution is based on a Fortinet Network Security Fabric that provides a single unified connectivity and security platform with complete visibility of performance, along with automated threat protection across the entire digital attack surface area.
Lucy Scott, Head of Facilities at the site says: “We have three pitches, two grass and one 3G, with pitch one having Wi-Fi coverage supporting player and coaching analysis. Inside we have a PlayerZone, an analysis room, lecture rooms and several meeting rooms that have large touch screen facilities that can also be used for video conferencing.
We also have treatment rooms, changing rooms and an activation ‘warm up’ area with gym equipment. We have students who analyse tactics through video streaming, whilst commercial users, FAW staff and visitors are all busy using the other facilities. Our reliance on networking and connectivity is huge, it’s quite a setup here in Wrexham!”