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BAL boost for Bootle YMCA

BAL has helped to give a face-lift to a thriving community hub on Merseyside.

The YMCA in Bootle has long been the focal point for a wide range of local activities, from sports and social groups for all ages to the annual fireworks.

Now, students from the nearby Hugh Baird College have given the YMCA’s Park Street home a new look, with the assistance of the leading name in tile adhesives and grouts.

Lecturer John Tunstall is responsible for the College’s Diploma Level 2 course in Wall and Floor Tiling. He said, “There is no substitute for real experience and projects like this allow the students to contribute to their own community while they are acquiring valuable trade skills. Some of our colleagues had already pitched in with painting, decorating and it was time for Hugh Baird’s tiling students to show off their capabilities.”

Nine students, aged between 18 and 50, worked together on consecutive Fridays to boost the appearance of the YMCA washroom facilities.

They covered up to 20 m2 of walls, using 150 mm x 150 mm ceramic tiles.

The tiles were fixed using BAL White Star plus and grouted with BAL Microflex.

John Tunstall said, “We have a good relationship with Dave Rowley, BAL training manager, and when the company heard about this project they offered to supply the adhesive and grout without cost. With education and training budgets being stretched, this was a real help. It is good to see the market leader offering real support, helping us to achieve the highest possible standards of work.”

For more information visit www.bal-adhesives.com/training, email [email protected] or call 01782 591120.

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