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FA annouce £8 million commitment to improving grass pitches

 
 
The FA have today announced their commitment to improving grass pitches across the country with an £8 million investment.
 
The improvements will be implemented by the Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) and will improve more than 2,000 grass pitches as part of the orga­nisa­ti­ons 2015-2019 Strategy for Par­ti­cipa­ti­on and Development. It will offer a range of measures to support grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen including on-site evaluations with practical advice and re­com­mendations. 
 
On top of the commitment to improve grass pitches, The FA has also pledged to spend £36million on facility improvements and new developments directly through the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund managed by the Football Foundation.
 
The offical roll out of the PIP follows a compre­hen­si­ve piloting which has already seen £1 million invested and over 800 visits to grassroots football pitches by trained experts.­ 

Mark Pover, The FA’s national facilities manager, said: “PIP has already proven to be a tremendous resource for many grassroots clubs. 

In addition, through the introduction of new techno­logi­es, The FA is able to develop local investment strategies and continue talking directly with clubs about the state of the facilities they use, providing dedicated programmes to help with im­pro­vements." 

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