Grassroots Football

Natural Turf Football Pitches

The majority of competitive football is played on natural turf pitches provided by a wide range of stakeholders from private ownership to schools and Local Authorities.

The current quality of natural turf pitches varies throughout the country. Improvements to the stock of grass pitches are essential to ensure as many players as possible have the opportunity to play on a defined standard for playing surfaces.

Durham FA have joined with The FA Facilities & Investment Team and Institute of Groundmanship to develop a grass pitch maintenance service which can be utilised by our clubs and their facility providers, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.

The key principles behind the programme are to provide clubs and their pitch providers with expert advice and practical solutions for developing and maintaining their grass pitches and improving playing surfaces across the county.

Get in touch

Chris Hutchinson 

Chris Hutchinson
(Facilities & Investment Officer)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 2 then Option 6)


fa pitch improvement programme

The Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) is a key focus for The FA over the next 4-years, as such it was deemed appropriate to secure two commercial partners to support the roll-out and growth in line with the companies’ aspirations. The two partners are;

Redexim Charterhouse and Rigby Taylor who will assist in the roll out by supplying FA affiliated grassroots clubs with discounted products and materials and also support the training workshops.

Both companies have agreed a partnering schedule of rates with The FA to support the programme. Please note it has been agreed that these rates will be made available to ALL CFA’s, FA affiliated clubs and leagues (not PL or FL), not solely to those clubs/organisations receiving a PIP visit and report.


• Complete the PIP Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and return to  
• You will be contacted by either Durham FA or the IOG Regional Pitch Advisor to arrange a pitch visit 
• After the visit you will receive a report detailing what is required to manage, maintain and develop your pitch’(s) 
• You will receive a 2nd visit from the IOG regional Pitch Advisor at a later date to monitor progress made


The cost of the visit and report is £100. To support Durham FA affiliated FA Charter Standard Clubs the cost will be £75 with Durham FA subsidising the rest of the cost. Clubs will be required to pay Durham FA 14 days prior to the visit following receipt of invoice.

Working with our Regional Pitch Advisor, Ian Powell, the programme will consist of the following 3 main areas:

Pitch Assessment Visits

Ian will carry out site visits and offer practical and realistic advice on pitch maintenance based on a club’s budget, level of expertise, access to equipment and time available. Every participant will receive a summary report containing recommendations of how to progress the site’s maintenance programme.

Visits are available to Durham FA identified clubs who own their own site or are responsible for pitch maintenance and their pitch providers and can be requested via the Expression of Interest Form.

Funding Guidance

Pitch Assessment Visit reports may, where recommended, identify areas of need for further investment such as machinery or drainage. Where this is the case we will support you to use the report as the basis for funding applications to bodies such as the Football Foundation.

Education and Training

To widen the benefit of the programme we will also be delivering a series of interactive workshops where groundsmen and club officials will be able to gain more information on a wide range of areas as well as share ideas through a mixture of practical and theory based content.

If you would like more information on any aspect of the Pitch Improvement Programme please contact our Facilities & Investment Officer Chris Hutchinson on
T: 0191 387 2928 (Option 2 then Option 6)