There’s good news for HUTTON CRANSWICK as our Sports & Recreation Organisation has been awarded a £5000 Pitch Preparation Fund grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.
The Pitch Preparation Fund was set up in support of the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Fund is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period.
The funding will enable Hutton Cranswick SRA, who play in the League to prepare their football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.
They can use their grant towards to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and routine preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.
Clubs and other organisations are also being given access to the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community. This is a free online resource the Foundation developed with The FA and the Grounds Management Association, containing advice and guidance. Anyone in HUTTON CRANSWICK can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.
Mike Wardell said: “We are delighted to hear of this award of Football Foundation funding, which will assist greatly in enabling us to prepare pitches for next season. Our Association, like many others, has missed out on fixtures for all sports, Clubhouse bookings, and staging events of all types since early March, with subsequent lack of income. This much appreciated financial input to our registered charity will encourage both our Committee and volunteers to prepare for better days ahead when we can only again re-open all facets of our facility to local and regional users, both teams and individuals”.
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help the SRA get their pitches match-fit.
“The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation exists to help provide quality infrastructure at the lower-levels of the game. Pitch Preparation Fund grants like this one are giving a helping hand to clubs across the country to get their playing surfaces ready for when the game is allowed to begin again following government advice.”
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.