Posts Tagged ‘Artificial Turf Football Pitch’

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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Man Utd Fanatic Turns Living Room into an Artificial Turf Football Pitch

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Last week the Daily Star told the story of Daly Clarke, a 30 year-old, gas engineer from Manchester.  Lifelong MUFC fan Daly has turned his lounge into a tribute to Old Trafford with an artificial grass carpet.  He could no longer justify paying almost £1000 for a season ticket, so decided to watch games on his flat screen TV at home instead.  But it just didn’t feel the same, so he came up with the idea to turf-it.

Clarke remarked that there’s nothing quite like watching the football, with grass underfoot.  Not surprisingly, his 6yr old son loves it, but his wife isn’t so keen.

Read the full story

While an artificial grass football pitch in the living room isn’t for everyone, you can use turf creatively in interior décor.  In a previous post Fake Grass Interior Ideas, we detail 7 different examples of grassy-design.  These include a fun children’s bedroom, a garden-fresh conservatory, and contemporary dining room.

Do you have a spare room you don’t use?

Have you ever thought of redesigning the space and creating something fun?  Grass makes a great floor covering for a home-gym, playroom, or office.  It brings the outside in and gives you a natural canvas to plan a fun theme.

The best thing is it’s practical and can be installed on any level surface.  Spills can be wiped up, it doesn’t stain and it’s hard-wearing.  This is another great advantage for Daly, who now plays host to up to 12 of his friends on match days.

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