North West Leicestershire football pitches to up their game

Published: Fri 19 March, 2021

Football players in North West Leicestershire will soon be able to practice their skills on improved pitch surfaces thanks to funding for new equipment.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has secured £25,000 in funding from the Football Foundation and has invested a further £10,000 for equipment to boost pitch performance across the district including the pitch at Coalville Town Football Club.

Reports from a Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) inspection completed by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland FA, showed that actions were needed to improve the overall pitch quality at Coalville Town Football Club allowing the district council to apply for a maintenance equipment grant on its behalf.

The funding will go towards a mini tractor and a new drainage system which will help to clear surface water from the pitch, promote better grass coverage and keep matches running through the winter months.

Members of the grounds maintenance team at NWLDC, who work at the Owen’s Street club, also completed a Level 1 course in football groundmanship to boost their existing qualifications and experience.  

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Funding from the Football Foundation has provided us with a great opportunity to invest in high-quality equipment to keep our sport pitches across the district in great condition all year round. 

“We hope that by improving the quality of pitches, it will transform the football experience and encourage more people of all abilities to take up the sport.

“The grounds maintenance team has now been trained and we’re looking forward to seeing the results once the team get started on their new maintenance plan.”

Glyn Rennocks, Chairman at Coalville Town Football Club, said: “We’re really impressed with the district council’s dedication to improving the quality of our pitch and securing the funding for the new equipment which will help us to reach the required pitch standard. 

“The better the pitches you play on, the better football you play so we’re hoping that it will help to attract new some new players and bring more of the community together – which is important now more than ever.”

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