Ground Grading and Ground Improvement
Funding demand almost always outstrips the monies available and is highly competitive.
Decisions are largely based on need and therefore aspirational projects are very likely to be unsuccessful. The FSIF provides grant aid for clubs to meet the membership conditions of their current league. Promoted clubs are eligible to apply for grant aid to meet the membership conditions of their new league but only after promotion has been confirmed.
From a budgeting and management perspective it is always advisable to progress your facilities off the pitch in line with performance on it and in that way improvements can be made gradually and within current means.
3G Football Turf Pitches are permitted in the National League System as long as they are compliant with The FA ground grading criteria at that level.
For NLS Steps 1-2 a FIFA Quality Pro surface is required with Steps 3-7 and the Women’s Pyramid requiring the FIFA Quality surface. One of the major considerations when looking at a 3G Football Turf Pitch is the permitted usage levels to maintain the required test certificate.
Typically FIFA Quality Pro pitches can accommodate up to 20 hours use per week and are tested annually. FIFA Quality pitches can accommodate far greater use and are tested every three years.