Grass Pitch Improvement Strategy
AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE
The need for this service is more relevant now than ever, given the current economic times and the pressures facing grassroots football.
The FA Facilities & Investment Team have been working in partnership with the Grounds Management Association (GMA) to develop a Grass Pitch Improvement and Maintenance Programme that can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, organisations and local authorities with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.
The key principles behind the service are to provide members of the programme with advice/practical solutions via a Grass Pitch Assessment Report which will also identify the key enhanced maintenance works required along with machinery requirements.
In Durham County FA we will be working with the North’s GMA Regional Pitch Advisor, Ian Powell and a local support network to provide visits to grass pitch sites across the county.
We strongly recommend our club volunteers utilise the GMA Resources and explore more about their training courses on the website which you can access by clicking here.
FA PIP - APPROVED PRODUCTS - RIGBY TAYLORFA DATA SHEETS - NATURAL TURF PITCHES
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(Facilities & Investment Officer)
T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4 then Option 4)
If a site is categorised as 'Poor' or 'Basic' they are then eligible to apply for grass pitch funding through the Football Foundation.
This is a game-changing opportunity and for the first time ever, sites can get access to the funding they need in order to improve their pitches. It opens up the opportunity for sites to invest in enhanced maintenance services, funded at 66% of the total cost and/or machinery grants at 75%.
If you believe your site would benefit in becoming part of the FA Grass Pitch Improvement Programme, you can use the Football Foundation's PitchPower App to carry out your own pitch inspections, and then receive a detailed assessment report from the Grounds Management Association.