25 Successful Applications across the County with £59,500 investment!

62 Pitches in Cumberland to benefit from £59,500 of Pitch Preparation Funding 

Football pitches across Cumberland are set to be enhanced thanks to £59,500 worth of investment from a new scheme set up by the Premier League, The FA and 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.  It is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period and helping them to get their pitches ready for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.

The Fund was greeted with a hugely positive response in the two-and-a-half weeks the application window was open during May.

As a result, £59,500 has been awarded to 25 clubs and organisations.  This will allow 62 football pitches to be made match-fit, benefiting 222 local football teams.

How Cumberland will benefit from the Pitch Preparation Fund in numbers:

A total of 25 grants awarded
£59,500 of investment
62 football pitches improved
222 football teams benefiting
22 grassroots clubs awarded grants
3 clubs in the National League System awarded grants

As a result of the exposure of the Pitch Preparation Fund, the Football Foundation also received an increase of 176% in its regular facility grant applications during May, compared with April.  So many more football sites will be improved over and above those receiving Pitch Preparation Fund grants.

Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This new investment into Cumberland will provide crucial support for football in the area.

“Our national game is a proven driver of mental and physical health benefits, so it’s important local pitches are match-fit in the event that the Government announces it’s safe for the game to start again.

“That is why we’ve worked with the Premier League, The FA, the Government and Sport England to set up the Pitch Preparation Fund.  These 25 grants we’re announcing will help ensure 222 pitches across Cumberland are in a good condition when the time comes.”

The grants awarded will help with essential maintenance works toward grass pitches, including vertical decompaction, slitting, over seeding, fertilising and weedkilling, as well as routine preparatory works such as grass cutting and the setting out and line marking of pitches.  For artificial surfaces, eligible works include deep cleaning, overmarking and FA pitch testing.

Craig Lewis, Football Development Manager for Cumberland FA, said: “The ‘Pitch Preparation Fund’ from the FA, through the Football Foundation and supported by the Premier League, Government and Sport England was a much welcomed and needed response to a need across the game within Cumberland. 

It also fits perfectly with our Planning to Play initiative as this funding will help clubs, who have lost normal revenue streams during this challenging time, to prepare pitches and therefore get into a position to start playing football again when it is safe to do so." 

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 Cumberland can sign up below:

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The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.