There’s good news for Hemel Hempstead as Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. have been awarded a £1,500 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 Hemel Hempstead Town F.C, who play in the Vanarama National League South, to prepare their football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.
They can use their grant towards to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and 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 Hemel Hempstead can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.
Dave Boggins, Chairman at Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. said: “With all the uncertainty in Non-League football at the moment, the club are delighted to receive this vital funding from the Football Foundation as this will greatly assist in our pitch maintenance programme”.
Karl Lingham, Chief Executive Officer, Hertfordshire FA, said: “ This important funding from the Football Foundation will be of great financial help to Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. as they prepare their pitch for the long awaited return of football”.
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Hemel Hempstead Town F.C 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.”
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England