Pitch Improvement Programme
Access professional support to maintain and improve your grass football pitch.
The FA Facilities & Investment Team have been working in partnership with the Grounds Management Association (GMA) to develop a Grass Pitch Improvement and Maintenance Programme that can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, organisations and local authorities with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches. The key principles behind the service are to provide members of the programme with advice/practical solutions via a Grass Pitch Assessment Report which will also identify the key enhanced maintenance works required along with machinery requirements.
If a site is categorised as Poor or Basic on their Grass Pitch Assessment Report (GPAR) they are then eligible to apply for Grass Pitch Funding through the Football Foundation. This is a game-changing opportunity and for the first time ever, sites can get access to the funding they need in order to improve their pitches. The new funding package window opened on the 5th December 2019, and thus far sites in the East Riding County have been successful in obtaining £406,995 investment into Grass Football Pitches across the County. The funding opens up the opportunity for sites to invest in enhanced maintenance services, funded at 66% of the total cost and or machinery grants at 75% of the total cost.