Pitch Improvement Programme
Improving Grass Pitches across Huntingdonshire
The FA Facilities & Investment Team and the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a grass pitch maintenance service.
This can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, Parish Councils, Local Authorities and Schools, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.
The need for the Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) 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 groundstaff with advice and practical solutions on a number of areas.
Membership to PIP for one year is £100 this must be paid before the first visit takes place. This fee includes:
- Two Site Visits
- Two Pitch Reports
- Annual Membership to the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Grounds Association
- Access to offers from the Huntingdonshire PIP partners which include, Fleet Line Markers, British Sugar Topsoil, Scamblers, Halliday Lighting and Replay Maintenance.
The Process Of The Pitch Improvement Programme Is As Follows:
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form (below) to: Andy.Coles@HuntsFA.com
- Once membership has been confirmed we will instruct the Pitch Advisor to arrange a site visit with the person mentioned on the EOI form.
- A site visit is carried out, with the Huntingdonshire FA County Development Manager in attendance if possible
- A report is produced by the Pitch Advisor, sent to the Hunts FA who then sends a copy to the identified contact on the EOI form.
- The Club/Organisation follows recommendations detailed within the report.
- Feedback sought from club/organisation following an agreed timescale, based on the recommendations provided by the Pitch Advisor
- Should the maintenance recommendations not result in an improved pitch or surface, there may be some further improvement work required on site and the club can discuss funding options with the Huntingdonshire FA and The FA
In partnership with Sport England and other governing bodies, The FA has also developed a dedicated website that provides valuable support for volunteers, coaches, club officials and the 'hands-on' groundsman.