Pitch Improvement Programme

Grass pitch maintenance programme

What is the FA Pitch Improvement Programme?

It is a focused programme that aims to help organisations improve the quality of their natural turf (grass) football pitches.

How does my organisation get involved in the FA Pitch Improvement Programme?

There a number of operational models throughout the County in relation to how football pitches are managed and maintained, to maximise the potential of this programme, ‘buy in’ is needed from the football club using the facility and those who are responsible for the maintenance of the pitches.

For example if you are a football club who uses a parish council pitch and you pay to hire the pitch(s) and the parish council cut the grass, line mark the pitches then a joint commitment is needed.

Please click here to complete and express of interest in the FA Pitch Improvement. 

What happens when I have registered my interest for the Pitch Improvement Programme?

  • Wiltshire FA will agree a date to conduct an initial assessment of the pitch(es).
  • A local pitch advisor will be appointed to meet with key personnel and conduct the initial assessment.
  • The pitch advisor produces a written report which will be circulated to your organisation within 28 days.
  • It is then expected that the organisation follow the recommendations in the report.
  • If necessary, Wiltshire FA will then help the club access grant aid to purchase the necessary machinery or services to carry out improvements
  • A pitch advisor will then be appointed 12/18 months later to ‘follow up’ monitor the improvements, and offer further advice on improvements. 

Why do I need my pitch testing and how much will it cost?

Our local pitch advisors have a significant amount of experience in the managing and maintaining of natural turf pitches so are well placed to make expert recommendations to improve the performance of your surface. It is critical that when the visit is conducted that a member from the partner organisation(s) including the groundsman are present. This allows the pitch advisor to access a history of the pitch, and make realistic suggestions that are in line with your budgets. 


Club category


Any club/site


Charter Standard Club


Charter Standard Community Club



3G Pitches

If a 3G pitch is not on The FA's approved list then it cannot be used for affiliated football matches. The list continues to be added to as more 3G pitches are tested. The link below is to The FA's official register. Just select Wiltshire from the drop down box (next to County FA heading) to see the pitches that have passed the 3G pitch test within the county. Click here to browse the register - http://3g.thefa.me.uk/