Pitch Maintenance Grant Success
Football Foundation approve £85,000 grant
16th March 2020
Dewsbury Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce that we have been approved for a 'Grass Pitch Maintenance' grant, totalling £85,000.
As part of the club's ongoing commitment to improve playing facilities for our members and the wider community, a pitch renovation project was started in 2018 and saw the pitches benefit from initial trial maintenance work during the off season in 2019, jointly funded by Kirklees Council and the club. The benefits that this immediately offered were clear to see, however, it was vital that this was not just a one time occurance, but a year on year project in order to maintain the pitches and not allowing them to deteriorate again.
The grant, consisting of £57,000 from the Football Foundation and £28,000 from club investment, will see the playing surface receive essential maintenance work over the next 6 years.
Club Secretary Rob Smith commented on the news:
"I am over the moon that our application has been approved. It comes after probably 2 years of hard work, site meetings and pitch assessments by various organisations and club officials. I would like to thank Andrew Shuttleworth from West Riding County FA, Ian Powell from the Institute of Groundsmanship, the Football Foundation and Kirklees Council for all of their support and guidance throughout the process. Without them it would not have come to fruition.
The pitches on site had certainly seen better times and I for one was not satisfied with the condition that they were in. They certainly weren't condusive to Football and is something I have been banging on the Council's door about for some time. Unfortunately, due to regional and no doubt national cut-backs, they were unable to commit to long term annual renovation which has simply seen the pitches get worse and worse. As a club we tried to do everything we could in the short term within our budget, however realistically, it was never going to be enough long term to improve the pitches. A full scale pitch resurfacing project is also not an option at this time.
The grant will now give us the financial power to significantly improve the playing surface and maintain it for many years to come. Working to a bespoke maintenance plan provided by pitch experts, the grass will get exactly the right end of season work that it needs to fulfill our needs"
The initial funding will be received by the club shortly, after which a program will be implemented with contractors arriving on site shortly after the conclusion of the season.