Groundsman Machinery

FA Pitch Improvement Programme

Overview

The FA Facilities & Investment Team have worked in partnership with the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a grass pitch maintenance service which can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.

The need for this service is more relevant now than ever, given the current economic times and the pressures facing grassroots football. The key principles behind the service are to provide football clubs with advice and practical solutions on a number of areas.

In addition to a team of IOG Regional Pitch Advisors, a number of professional football club groundsmen and have been identified and signed-up to the service. Football clubs or other organisations responsible for the maintenance of grassroots football pitches can receive a visit from these experts if they are looking to improve the quality of their grass pitches.

Get In Touch

Gareth Thomas
Football Development Officer (Adult)

(E): 
Gareth.Thomas@StaffordshireFA.com
(T): 01785 256994 (ext. 207)
(M): 07815 295723

PROCESS

  • Clubs express interest for visit via County FA
  • County FA organise visit with Pitch Advisor and Club
  • Pitch Advisor and County FA visit site
  • Club receive a report with recommendations
  • Club action those recommendations, supported by the County FA

REPORTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

The reports and recommendations will be unique to each club/site based on the resources available – budget, machinery, personnel, time, priorities, etc.

In many of the reports, clubs have requested short-term recommendations based on their immediate priorities and budget available, then longer-term recommendations which the whole club can work towards achieving.

We recommend that clubs invest in a second visit approximately 6 months after their first visit to ensure that the recommendations provided in the reports have maximum impact.

If your club is interested in organising a pitch improvement programme visit, please contact us to access an Expression of Interest Form.

Please note: There is a £50.00 charge per visit, per club.