At this point, just about everyone has grown tired of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has cost more lives, ruined more jobs and businesses and caused more stress and strife than any would have envisioned just a year ago. On the bright side, there is good reason to continue to learn from the ongoing health crisis. Even as vaccines become closer to getting the world — including the football community — back to a new normal, it’s important for coaches to see the need to keep preparedness supplies on hand for future emergencies. Enter Spacesaver.
Many football programs now understand that the safest, smartest way to improve readiness is to acquire and store your own personal protective equipment, medications, medical equipment, and supplies. But these items take up a lot of space, and space isn’t exactly abundant in most grassroots programs.
Mark Haubenschild, the president and CEO of Spacesaver Corporation, has been helping coaches thrive during the relentless ebb and flow of storage for years. As a high school coach and AFCA member himself, he understands what it takes to get ready and stay ready for the challenges life will throw at a football program.
“The decision was made to cancel the season, because there was no way to provide the social distancing for our kids, plus manage coaches,” Haubenschild explains about how 2020 affected his program. “From my experience, I had to order, prior to knowing I was going to cancel, about $3,000 worth of supplies.”
All the masks, sprays, and other cleaning and sanitation equipment has to be stored somewhere, not only in the short term, but it’s also clear that programs need to be equipped to handle similar health emergencies in the future.
Spacesaver provides solutions for football programs that will more than stand up to the immediate, short-term demands of the pandemic, but they also help programs plan for long-term systems to ensure they are never caught unprepared again.
For many programs, building a new addition or a new facility entirely just isn’t in the cards. That’s why the biggest key to a long- term state of readiness for most programs is simply staying clean and organized, while ensuring that the space you already have is being utilized to its fullest potential.
Mobile High-Density Storage: The Secret To Doing More With Less Space
Coaches looking for the absolute best way of making the most out of a limited amount of space should look no further than mobile high-density storage systems and day use lockers. Spacesaver’s systems consist of shelving or racking that moves along rails installed into or on top of the floor, which eliminates empty aisles, and will practically double a team’s storage capacity without any other major changes or investments.
It’s important to note that this not only applies to preparedness supplies. Mobile high-density storage systems can put coaches and equipment staffs back in charge of cluttered and overrun storage areas that have been a nightmare for years. These units provide better methods of staying organized and streamlining inventory and give the staff better access to what they need when they need it, without unnecessary steps or extra changing of hands — a critical component to staying healthy and preventing the spread of illness both now and in the future.
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“We recognize that the football program is just one part of the school community,” Zak Hermans, Vertical Market Manager for Spacesaver says. “Schools are trying to figure out how they can be most efficient with what they have to store, but also in how they pass out gear and interact with the student body. It’s really something that’s evolving on a week-to-week and month-to-month basis.”
While many see the current pandemic as a temporary problem, Spacesaver has taken the initiative to evolve past the demands of the current crisis and elevate their offerings to meet their customers’ needs like never before. That’s exactly what they have been doing for nearly 50 years, and they remain dedicated to being a true partner in preparedness.
To learn more about how Spacesaver can help your program be ready for anything, visit www.spacesaver.com today to request a free, no-hassle consultation.
SPACESAVER: A GAME-CHANGER IN FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT STORAGE
When you’re building a football program, you want your focus to be on developing athletes, not on digging for equipment, uniforms, and supplies. No matter what your team’s current storage situation is like, Spacesaver can help you get your equipment organized and protected – without breaking your budget.