In 2016 The FA launched an £8 million commitment to improve natural turf (grass) football pitches across the country.
Over four years, The FA will implement the Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) which will deliver improvements to more than 2,000 pitches - a central pillar of the organisation’s 2015-19 Strategy for Participation and Development.
PIP will provide a range of support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen including on-site evaluations with practical advice and recommendations. It will also include a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen including seminars and workshops. In partnership with Sport England and other governing bodies, The FA has also developed a dedicated website (click here) www.groundsmanship.co.uk where details of how clubs can access help can be found.
Surrey FA are accepting expression of interest from clubs within the County regarding the Pitch Improvement Programme. Please click the image below to download the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ as an Excel document. Simply, complete this and return it to Mike.Gilham@SurreyFA.com at the earliest opportunity.
Can’t access the form? If you can’t work on the Excel form directly then please complete and return a hard copy via post to:
St Martin’s House,
Kelly Simmons, FA Director for Participation and Development said: “Last winter we asked people from across grassroots football what they felt would make playing football better. Nearly 30,000 people gave us their view, yet among the vast majority the answer was remarkably similar – supporting clubs to improve their pitches.”
“We have committed to investing a total of £260 million in addressing the problem of poor quality facilities and improving grassroots coaching by 2019. In addition to the Pitch Improvement Programme, we are now a heartbeat away from the start of our ground breaking football hubs project with the pilot initiative set to go live in Sheffield this summer.”
Mark Pover, The FA’s National Facilities Manager said: “PIP has already proven to be a tremendous resource for many grassroots clubs and in addition, through the introduction of new technologies, The FA is able to develop local investment strategies and continue talking directly with clubs about the state of the facilities they use, providing dedicated programmes to help with improvements.
“The development of playing pitch strategies also gives us an early warning of pitch conditions and pitches under threat of development, strengthening our hand when it comes to challenging pitch closures and maintenance programmes.”