There’s good news for Hampshire as Farnborough Football Club 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 Farnborough Football Club, who play in The Southern League, 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 Hampshire can sign up at: thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping

Farnborough Football Club Chairman Simon Gardener, commented: “Every Non-League Football Club is facing a growing list of uncertainty including a date when we can return to kicking a ball again.

“With many, if not all, Clubs losing their main source of revenue, Clubs still need to upkeep their pitches and ensure they are ready for the restart of football.

“The Pitch Preparation Fund Grant that has been awarded to Farnborough FC is a big boost to the Club and means we can now carry out the work needed on our pitch.

“I would like to thank the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation for all the support being given to Non-League Clubs.”

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