Football fields across the country will be upgraded after a £ 7 million disbursement from the Premier League, the FA and the UK government.
The Pitch Preparation Fund was established to support the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
It offers scholarships to clubs that have missed normal streams of income during this difficult period and helps them get their fields ready for when it is safe to play football again.
During the application period in May, around 3,000 applications were received with an investment of £ 7 million to 2,902 clubs and organizations.
This allows 9,588 football fields to be match-fit, benefiting 33,153 football teams in the starting, non-league and women’s matches, as well as any club in the Welsh Cymru Premier League.
Robert Sullivan, interim chief executive officer of the government-backed Football Foundation, said, “We are delighted to hear about the Pitch Preparation Fund when it launched a few weeks ago.
“Our national game cannot take place without the playing surfaces in good condition, so this £ 7 million investment from the Premier League, the FA and the government is an important helping hand for clubs across the country to match their fields. ” suitable for when races may start again. ”
FA CEO Mark Bullingham added, “The positive response to this initiative across the football community has been very encouraging and we remain committed to supporting clubs in this uncertain period. This fund will help clubs to perform vital work and prepare fields for when it is safe to resume play. ”
The grants awarded will assist with essential lawn maintenance work, as well as routine preparatory work such as cutting grass and stakeout and marking.