The FA, Premier League and Governments Football Foundation is ramping up efforts to improve the quality of grass pitches in England with the launch of the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community app.
Developed by The FA’s Facilities Investment Strategy Team on behalf of the funding partnership, the new platform provides a resource of expert advice for grounds staff, enabling them to connect with peers, discover new tips and tricks and share advice on best industry practice. Users can seek guidance from the IOG’s Regional Pitch Advisors, who are available to answer questions and update members on changes to industry standards.
Karl Standley, Wembley Stadium Head Groundsman said: “Whether it’s Wembley or your local community football pitch, groundkeepers all face the same challenges.
“I think it’s great that we can now all come together on this new platform to share these challenges and help each other find solutions. We are all aware of the importance of improving the state of pitches in this country and this is a great step to making a long-lasting difference.”
The system is entirely free to use and will feature regular new content, with videos from high-profile groundskeepers, such as Wembley Stadium’s Karl Standley, case studies and the latest in groundskeeping techniques.
This is the first of several new tools and initiatives being developed by The FA’s Facilities Investment Strategy Team, as County FAs and The Football Foundation work towards improving 20,000 grass pitches over the next ten years, with the ultimate aim of ensuring every affiliated football fixture in England is played on a quality football pitch.
For more information, go to http://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping or contact a member of the FA’s Facilities Investment Strategy Team within the Grassroots Division.
To learn more about Facility Development and the Pitch Improvement Programme please visit our dedicated Facilities pages.