A pitch-perfect boost! £5,000 grant for Colyton Football Club playing surfaces

Colyton Football Club’s goal of having ‘one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon’ has been handed a £5,000 boost.

Cash from the Pitch Preparation Fund means the Devon and Exeter league outfit can have its Peace Memorial Field home match-fit when the grass-roots game returns.

The Football Foundation grants scheme – led by the Premier League, FA and the Government  – is aimed at helping clubs whose revenue has been hit during the Covid-19 crisis.

Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and routine preparatory efforts like grass-cutting and line-markings.

Colyton AFC chairman Roy Turner said: “The Football Foundation grant will allow us to continue with the work we have undertaken of the past few years to improve the drainage and quality of the playing surface on our main pitch.

“Our aim is to have one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon”

“The grant will also enable us to undertake some pitch maintenance work to our other pitches to improve the quality of all our the grass playing surfaces.”

The current facilities at Colyton AFC.

The club is based at The Peace Memorial Playing Field.

The club is preparing its playing surfaces for when the Government gives the green light for football to return safely at a local level.

Robert Sullivan, interim chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Colyton AFC get their pitches 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.”

Chris French, Devon County FA development manager, said: “The Football Foundation Pitch Preparation Fund has been a much-needed boost to grass-roots football across Devon, with Colyton and a further 101 clubs receiving funding this month.

“The volunteers at Colyton have been excellent  and are not only improving their ground and club, but maximising funding opportunities.

“This will once again provide their volunteers which much needed funds to continue their great work.”

Clubs and other organisations are also being given access to the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community.

The free, online resource contains advice and guidance and anyone can sign up.

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