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Shrivvy Score With Funding Success

There’s further good news for Shrivenham Football Club today, as our organisation 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 the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Fund is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period.

The funding will enable the club, to continue to prepare our football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.

The club are able to use their grant towards helping covering the cost of materials, work such as chain harrowing, rolling, weed-killing as well as routine preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.

Clubs and other organisations are also 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.  Anyone in Shrivenham can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.

Matt Hirst, Chairman of Shrivenham Football Club, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured this grant from the Football Foundation funding, it will certainly be a great help as we continue to prepare the surface here at Barrington Park ahead of the new season.

“We’ve had a fair amount of work completed during the off season so it will certainly help in our efforts to make our playing surface even better and we can’t thank the Football Foundation enough for their support.”

Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Shrivenham 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.