FA PITCH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME
Signing a four year contract to be the sole machinery supplier Redexim Director Herman de Bree shakes hands with Mark Pover, FA National Facilities & Investment Manager. Together with Matt Bartle, FA Facilities & Investment Manager (L) and Redexim Charterhouse’s Business Development Manager Curtis Allen (R).
The FA Facilities & Investment Team, working in partnership with the Institute of Groundmanship, have developed a grass pitch maintenance service with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches for grassroots football clubs.
The need for this service is more relevant now than ever, given the current economic times and the pressures facing grass roots football. The key principles behind the service are to provide football clubs with advice and practical solutions on a number of areas.
A number of professional football club groundsmen have been identified and signed-up to the service. Selected qualifying clubs, identified by their County FA, can receive a visit from these experts if they own their own site or are responsible for the maintenance of grass pitches.
NOTE: 3G Pitches – from the 2014/15 season, if a 3G pitch is not on The FA’s approved list then it cannot be used for affiliated football matches.
The list continues to be added to as more 3G pitches are tested – see The FA’s official register.
1. Clubs submit an Expression of Interest to their County FA if they wish to receive a visit.
2. Your County FA will notify the Pitch Advisor of clubs to be visited, including contact details, and coordinate the time and date of the visit in conjunction with yourself.
3. A site visit is then carried out, with your County FA Development Manager in attendance if possible.
4. A report is produced by the Pitch Advisor and supplied to you and your County FA.
5. The cost for the report is £100 per visit (plus expenses) for which some funding may be possible from your County FA.
6. You carry out the recommendations.
7. Feedback sought from you following an agreed timescale, based on the recommendations.
8. Should the maintenance recommendations not result in an improved pitch or surface, further improvement work may be required. You can then discuss funding options with County FA and The FA.