Northern Premier League side RAMSBOTTOM UNITED have been awarded a £1500 Pitch Preparation Fund grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.

The Pitch Preparation Fund was set up in support of clubs affected by the current problems caused by the Covid19 outbreak, with the fund offering grants to clubs whose usual revenue streams have been reduced.

The funding will enable RAMSBOTTOM UNITED to ensure that when the season eventually restarts, the pitch is in excellent condition and safe to play on. 

 The grant will help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and other preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.

 Ramsbottom United is amongst a number of clubs and other organisations in 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.  

More information is available at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.

Harry Williams, Chairman of Ramsbottom United, said: “The club is delighted to receive this award at a time when funding for non-league football has never been more important”

 Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Ramsbottom United get their pitch match-fit.

“The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation exists to help provide quality infrastructure at the lower-levels of the game.  Pitch Preparation Fund grants like this one are giving a helping hand to clubs across the country to get their playing surfaces ready for when the game is allowed to begin again following government advice.”

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

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