Pitch Improvement Programme
Oxfordshire FA have joined with The FA and Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a grass pitch maintenance service which can be utilised by our clubs and their facility providers, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.
The key principles behind the programme are to provide clubs and their pitch providers with expert advice and practical solutions for developing and maintaining their grass pitches and improving playing surfaces across the county.
The current economic climate, growing pressures on our clubs and your feedback clearly demonstrate the need to focus on the quality of playing surfaces if we are to continue to develop players and ensure the game remains affordable to all. It is for these reasons that grass pitch improvement is one of the key performance targets for the County FA’s 2015-19 Strategy.
As part of the commitment to grass pitch improvement The FA have secured two commercial partnerships to support the development of the programme. Redexim Charterhouse and Rigby Taylor are now assisting the programme by supplying grassroots clubs with advice as well as discounted products and materials.
Working with our IOG Regional Pitch Advisor, the programme will consist of the following two main areas:
Pitch Assessment Visits
We will carry out site visits and offer practical and realistic advice on pitch maintenance based on a club’s budget, level of expertise, access to equipment and time available. Every participant will receive a summary report containing recommendations of how to progress the site’s maintenance programme as well as a 12 month follow-up visit to monitor progress and identify next steps. Visits are available to OFA identified clubs who own their own site or are responsible for pitch maintenance and their pitch providers and can be requested via the Visit Request Form.
The cost of the visit, report and follow up is £100. To support Oxfordshire FA affiliated Charter Standard Clubs the cost will be £50 with Oxfordshire FA covering the other half of the cost.
Pitch Assessment Visit reports may, where recommended, identify areas of need for further investment such as machinery or drainage. Where this is the case we will support you to use the report as the basis for funding applications to bodies such as the Football Foundation.
If you would like more information on any aspect of the Pitch Improvement Programme please contact us.
Frequently asked questions about the Pitch Improvement Programme
The FA have teamed up with Sport England to provide an Essential Guide to Groundsmanship website providing practical information and videos on maintaining and developing natural grass pitches: http://www.groundsmanship.co.uk/football/football-groundsmanship