Saint-Gobain brings heavyweight backing

The Telford arm of a global business has given some heavyweight support to Nova United in its 40th year with the casting of very special memento.

(From back left) Nova United manager, Neil Carrick, Andrew Harris, site manager of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, Richard Jones, Nova United FC chairman and David Howells, of Nova United and Saint-Gobain, with the special plaque. They are joined by members of the Nova United under nines team.

(From back left) Nova United manager, Neil Carrick, Andrew Harris, plant director of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, Richard Jones, Nova United FC chairman and David Howells, of Nova United and Saint-Gobain, with the special plaque. They are joined by members of the Nova United under nines team.

Saint-Gobain, based on Holyhead Road, is marking its own huge milestone of 350 years in business and decided this was a fitting opportunity to recognise Nova United history.

To mark the occasion the plant produced a very special Nova United shield commemorating the 40 years.

The extremely heavy cast shield was presented to the club at its Annual General Meeting, in October, by David Howells, a Nova United team manager and employee of St Gobain.

Greeted by a huge round of applause from all those present at the AGM, the shield is due to take pride of place at the clubhouse at Shuker Fields.

Club Chairman, Richard Jones, said: “This was a really welcome surprise. Not only is it thoughtful, but the work and craftsmanship that have gone into designing, casting and finishing it make it something the club will treasure for decades to come. On behalf of the whole club I’d like to thanks Saint-Gobain and David Howells, whose idea this was, for their effort and generosity.

“We’d also like to pass on our congratulations for their own amazing 350 years, which is quite something for any company.”

Saint-Gobain is one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the world and old the oldest company listed in the CAC 40 French stock market index.

Telford plant director, Andrew Harris, said: “As we celebrate our own 350 years in a variety of ways, it’s great to be able to mark that occasion with other organisations in our community – and, fittingly, Nova United has about 350 young footballers on its books!

“The plaque was created with the skill and attention to detail of our designers, printed in 3D then cast and finished in our foundry with the same care as any product we produce for the construction industry. We hope Nova United will be able to display it proudly for at least the next four decades.”

Click on the images below to see how the plaque was made…

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