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Power up your grass pitch

Pitch Power & Aeration Service

power up your grass pitch 

PitchPower is the Football Foundation's game-changing web app that allows you to quickly and easily inspect your grass pitch(es) directly from your mobile phone.

Use the app to submit information about your pitch to the experts at the Grounds Management Association who assess the site without needing to make a visit. After the assessment is complete, you'll receive a report straight to your inbox which will tell you exactly what you need to do to improve your pitch. 

Find out how it works

For more information about pitch improvement please contact Mark Young, Football Development Manager - mark.young@wiltshirefa.com 

 

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AERATION SERVICE

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Do you want to improve your pitch?
Find out more about our aeration service

What is pitch aeration?

Aeration is basically putting holes in the pitch to allow air to get into the greens subsoil, to break up the thatch in the subsoil and allow the greens to drain properly. The purpose of aerating and spiking is to allow oxygen into the root system and to provide a conduit for surface water to the drains.

Why has the Wiltshire FA bought an aerator and tractor?

A common theme of the 24 reports that have currently been undertaken by our pitch advisors is that increased aeration and decompaction is the single most effective way that will improve the performance of pitches across the County. However it may not be affordable for a single club to purchase £40k worth of equipment to carry out the work regularly, and if they wish to contact this work in it can be very costly. In having access to our own contractor and verti-drain we will be able to control the quality of the work carried out and make this service affordable to our member organisations.  

Can my club organisation access the Wiltshire FA aeration service?

Before you are able to access the Wiltshire FA verti-drain equipment bank, the playing surface(s) should have had a visit from the County FA pitch advisor, and the report should include recommendations to increase aeration and decompactation .

How much does verti draining cost?

 

Tested site

Pitch size

 

Full size adult

£340 

9 v 9

£285 

7 v 7

£230 

*all services will also be subject to added VAT 

Can we get a discount for multiple pitch sites?

Sites that have multiple pitches will incur a discount per pitch. Sites that involve packing equipment away and moving are counted as separate even if they belong to the same club. Different clubs that have pitches on the same site can work together to maximise discount.

Number of pitches (can be mixed sizes)

Discount off total cost

2

10%

3

20%

4 or more

25%

In the expected event that we are oversubscribed pitches will be prioritised as follows:

  • Club that have contributed to the purchase of the equipment bank through Wiltshire Community Area Board grants, 
  • Sites that have been pitch tested,
  • Sites prepared to be pitch tested on the day
  • Charter Standard Clubs – by quantity of pitches

For more information about pitch improvement and our aeration service please contact Mark Young, Football Development Manager:

Mark.Young@WiltshireFA.com

Everyone here at Melksham Town FC, especially our Groundsman Paul, have been really impressed and with our Pitch Improvements and have been delighted to access the Verti Draining programme and the very reasonable costings. We, as a club, would certainly recommend it to all.
- Darren Perrin – Chairman of Melksham Town FC
We have been working with the Mark Young at Wilts FA and Simon Johnson at the IOG for a number of years now and our pitch improvement has been great. Working with Simon’s specification we have prepared an outline pitch maintenance plan which is beginning to take shape really well. So far this season we have only had one match called off because of water on the pitch. We hope with further verti drainage work scheduled for later this year we will be able to eradicate the previous flooding issues we had on four of our seven pitches’. 
- Dave Buckley – Chairman of Malmesbury Youth FC

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