Pitch Improvement Programme

London County FA have joined with The FA Facilities & Investment Team and Institute of Groundmanship to develop a grass pitch maintenance service...

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.

This programme operates through a Regional Pitch Advisor, who will assess your pitch free of charge, and create an action plan that can help you to improve the quality of your playing facilities.

Process

• Complete the PIP EOI form and return to the relevant Football Development Manager (this can be found at the bottom of the page) .
• You will be contacted by either London County FA or the IOG Regional Pitch Advisor to arrange a pitch visit 
• After the visit you will receive a report detailing what is required to manage, maintain and develop your pitch(es) 
• You will receive a second visit from the IOG regional Pitch Advisor at a later date to monitor progress made

Pitch Assessment Visits

Rob Donnelly 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. Visits are available to London County FA identified clubs who own their own site or are responsible for pitch maintenance and their pitch providers and can be requested via the Expression of Interest form.

Funding Guidance

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.

 

Contact and further information

If you would like more information on any aspect of the Pitch Improvement Programme please contact the Football Development Manager responsible for the Local Authority Area in which your pitch is based, on 0207 610 8360:

Luke Thomson – luke.thomson@londonfa.com – Greenwich, Bexley, Waltham Forest, Newham, Islington

Rakhi Shingadia – Rakhi.shingadia@londonfa.com – Southwark, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lewisham, City of London

Nathan Simpson – Nathan.simpson@londonfa.com – Enfield, Haringey, Westminster, Hackney, Camden

Laura Foster – Laura.foster@londonfa.com – Tower Hamlets, Bromley, Wandsworth, Lambeth

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