Pitch maintenance with Staffordshire FA
Football Field

Published on

August 27 2020

Staffordshire FA recently delivered an online pitch maintenance workshop to volunteer groundsmen from grassroots football clubs across Staffordshire. The workshop focused on maintaining pitches ahead of the return of grassroots football.

The workshop was delivered by two pitch advisors – Regional Pitch Advisor for the Grounds Management Association, Kevin Duffill, along with the Grounds Manager at Stoke City Football Club, Andy Jackson.

The session covered an in-depth overview on Staffordshire FA's pitch improvement programme, the Football foundation funding, guidance on interim works and general maintenance such as weed removal, aeration and fertilisers.

Gareth Thomas, Staffordshire FA, said: “This was the first time we had embraced Microsoft Teams to deliver a workshop to our network of groundsmen, with all previous workshops over the years being delivered face-to-face, but the format worked very well and the feedback from the attendees regarding the communication and content has been extremely positive. It’s certainly something we will look to repeat in the future to cascade key messages, guidance and good practice to groundsmen across Staffordshire.

“In addition to providing some key updates on the Staffordshire FA pitch improvement programme and funding opportunities which can support the ongoing maintenance of grassroots football pitches, we were once again indebted to our two pitch advisors, Kevin Duffill and Andy Jackson, for their time, expertise and enthusiasm. The programme has made a really positive impact across Staffordshire in recent years and Kevin and Andy have been at the heart of it from day one. Their ongoing commitment to the programme and the relationships they have built with many clubs and groundsmen across Staffordshire over the years has had a huge impact.

You can watch the full workshop below: