10th May 2016
With more than 2,000 grass pitches across the UK will be improved over the next four years under a new investment programme from the English Football Association (EFA).
The Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) will provide grassroots clubs, volunteers and groundsmen with a range of services to support the on-site evaluations with practical advice and recommendations. These recommendations could range from improvements in the ground and pitch conditions to advise on improving the pitch perimeter with spectator railings.
With 83 percent of pitches in England under public ownership, the funding for pitch maintenance are often at risk as councils are forced to prioritise between sport and essential services, which often sport and leisure loses out.
The official pilot scheme has already seen £1m invested into grassroots pitches and 800 visits to sites by trained experts.
“PIP has already proven to be a tremendous resource for many grassroots clubs. 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…”
Mark Pover, The FA’s national facilities manager