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Grassroots Football Gets £102m to Improve Facilities

Friday, November 1st, 2013

artificial grass pitchThe FA, the Premier League, and the Government have launched a new fund to improve facilities at grassroots football clubs.  An investment of £102 million will be made over the next 3 years, starting in January 2014.  It will replace the Facilities Scheme, Build the Game, and the Community Facilities Fund.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will be managed by the Football Foundation and is available to UK clubs, schools, and councils.  Council cuts have meant many plans to develop playing fields and sports facilities have been shelved.  The grant will get more people involved in football and boost local communities, especially in deprived areas.

Many football organisations benefit from pitch re-surfacing – switching from natural turf to artificial grass.  England’s next generation of players, get more practice and more opportunities because artificial turf allows for training and play all year round.

Club fixtures are cancelled regularly at grassroots level due to poor pitch conditions.  Rain and flooding in the UK means small clubs lose much-needed revenue.  All this is avoided with an artificial pitch.

Football Foundation chief executive Paul Thorogood said “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will enable the Foundation to continue our mission to transform the inventory of grassroots football facilities across the country.”

Applications will be accepted from 20 January 2014

In the meantime you can register your interest here

Read previous posts about changing your pitch surface

3G Football Pitches – includes FA Guidelines

Funding your new 3G football pitch

99 Page Guide for Sports Clubs Considering a 3G Pitch

 

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Old Trafford Goes Fake

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
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Last month Manchester United announced that Old Trafford is to have an artificial grass pitch.  They’ll take up the natural turf and install an £800,000, state of the art 3G football pitch over the summer.

Last replaced 10 years ago, the pitch is serious need of an overhaul.  According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the surface collapsed last winter during a period of heavy rain.  Bosses were worried the bumpy surface would lead to injuries.  It took turf managers months to restore it.

A hybrid mix of 20 million fake fibres and natural grass will make the pitch studier, more reliable and improve play.  First the pitch is re-seeded with grass selected based on soil conditions.  The artificial turf installed by a computer powered machine that needle-injects the fibres into the ground.  This becomes entwined with the roots of the natural grass anchoring the field and creating a firm, reliable surface.  The method is also known as ‘reinforced grass’ because of its strengthening and supportive properties.

Man Utd. were impressed by the successes at Wembley Stadium.  New Wembley had a catalogue of pitch problems until they installed the new high-tech surface.  One of Moyes’ first jobs as manager was to give the go-ahead for the new playing surface.

The club have made sections of the old pitch available to fans.  Supporters were given the opportunity to buy their very own piece of Old Trafford after the Legends game – Man Utd. vs. Real Madrid.

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Funding your new 3G football pitch

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

3G artificial grass football pitchDoes a 3G football pitch sounds more like a dream than a reality for your grassroots club?  Here LeisureTech offer some fundraising tips.

Raising money for your club

Assuming you’ve tried all the usual car boot sales, sponsored walks, fun days, exhibition matches, here are some other ways to raise cash:

– Every Waitrose branch donates £1000 per month to good cases locally.  You need to drum up support by getting shoppers to vote for you. See the community matters scheme
– Signup as a good cause on Easy Fundraising.  Get supporters to do their online shopping from your links and raise cash for your pitch renovation.  Read how it works
– Get in touch with Live4Soccer.  They offer an online clubshop to help you sell official merchandise and raise funds for your club.

Funding schemes

The Football Foundation’s facilities scheme offers grants of up to £500,000.  To be eligible, you must show that the improvement will:

-be of benefit to the local community.
-sustain or increase participation in all age groups and at all levels.
-help children and adults develop skills through regular participation in sport.

You must also prove you’ve been unable to raise enough money yourself.

Apply for an artificial grass grant

Sport England have £1 billion of National Lottery and Government funding to invest before 2017.  They offer small grants between £300 and £10,000 for initiatives that will encourage more young people and adults take part in sport.

Find out more at SportEngland.org

 

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