SUFFOLK FA will be hosting a Grass Pitch Support Workshop next month.
The online event is taking place on Thursday, August 6th from 7pm-8pm and will be the first event of the season in the Grounds Support Programme sponsored by British Sugar TOPSOIL.
The bespoke online workshop will help Suffolk clubs to prepare their pitches ahead of the new season.
The workshop will be hosted by Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Jodie Allard, who will be joined by Phil Jeggo, Regional Pitch Advisor with the Grounds Management Association, Graham Turner, Engagement Manager at the Football Foundation and Andy Spetch, National TOPSOIL Manager with British Sugar plc.
The evening will cover various aspects of successful pitch preparation and the avenues of support and funding available to clubs, with emphasis on the following topics:
- Maximising the Pitch Preparation Fund
- The FA Pitch Improvement Programme
- Funding – Machinery, grass revenue works
- HIVE Groundsman network
- Sports & Turf Topsoil deal for clubs
- Practical tools to prepare your pitches
Phil Jeggo, Regional Pitch Advisor with the Grounds Management Association, said: “The aim of this workshop is to offer support and advice around ongoing pitch maintenance activities and to help clubs who were granted funding from the Football Foundation Pitch Preparation Fund to spend this money in the right areas to help improve their playing surfaces.
“Also covered will be pre-season tasks to help make pitches fit for play ahead of hopefully the start of the new playing season and to also answer any specific pitch related issues that clubs may have.”
Graham Turner, Engagement Manager at the Football Foundation, said: “As well as covering the practical elements of pitch maintenance, we will also be able to share with you details on how to access grants to support any maintenance machinery requirements identified at the site.”
Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Jodie Allard said: “This workshop will form the first support session for groundsmen as part of the new British Sugar TOILSPOL Suffolk Grounds Support Programme.
“We welcome all groundsmen, secretaries and chairmen involved in Suffolk clubs who maintain their own grass pitches to join the workshop.
“It will aim to give practical tips in getting grass pitches ready ahead of the new season, in addition to what avenues exist for supporting clubs with their grass pitch management.
“We will also welcome our programme sponsors, British Sugar TOPSOIL onto the workshop to explain the special offer they will be providing for Suffolk clubs to access their Sports & Turf Topsoil products.”
Attendance does not need to be confirmed in advance, but for more information, please contact Jodie Allard via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The documents below contain a poster advertising the event and a step-by-step guide to joining a Microsoft Teams call.
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Grounds Support Progamme