Copper strengthens defence for Chile’s National Football Team

Juan Pinto Durán Sports Complex – home of Chile’s national football team – is the first major sports facility in the world to install copper touch surfaces to provide a solid defence against germs to help provide a healthier training environment.

Copper is inherently antimicrobial, meaning it will rapidly kill bacteria and viruses on contact. It shares

this benefit with many copper alloys – including brass and bronze – and this family of hygienic metals is called ‘antimicrobial copper’. Antimicrobial copper is used to make frequently-touched surfaces such as taps, light switches, door furniture and work tops that actively kill germs in between regular cleaning, helping reduce the risk of infections such as Influenza A and Norovirus (the so-called vomiting bug) spreading via contact with these surfaces.

In Chile – a country as proud of its copper as its football team – Juan Pinto Durán has been outfitted with antimicrobial copper surfaces in the dressing, kinesiology, meeting and hotel rooms. These include taps, light switches and door furniture made from solid copper or copper alloys. This installation is part of a mutually-beneficial alliance between mining company Codelco and the National Professional Football Association.

Sergio Jadue, President of the National Professional Football Association (ANFP), said upon opening Juan Pinto Durán:

‘We are pleased to deliver these renovated facilities. The Association’s main concern is that the team’s players and coaching staff deliver the best possible performance, and so we’re providing them with the best conditions to do that.’

Also at the opening ceremony, copper art created by Chilean designer Stephanie Johnson was unveiled. The football-inspired, hand-made pieces will be given to countries participating in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Antimicrobial copper surfaces are already being installed in hospitals across the world to improve patient safety, and can also be found in care homes, schools, train stations and airports. This initiative marks the next step in the use of antimicrobial copper to combat the spread of infection. For more information, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.