The FA has launched an £8 million commitment to improve football pitches across the country between now and 2019. The FA Facilities and Investment Team has partnered with the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a Grass Pitch Maintenance service that can be utilised by grass roots football clubs with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.
The Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) will provide support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen in England, as well as offering a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen.
Grassroots football clubs in England who own their own site and/or are responsible for maintenance of the grass pitches are eligible to apply for support. No minimum or maximum amounts of funding support have been specified. However, clubs will be required to pay a small fee to set up the initial IOG meeting, assessment and report but clubs that hold the FA Charter Standard Club award may be eligible for a discount on this fee from their local County FA.
The PIP is being administered by local County FAs throughout the country.