Pitch Aeration

Pitch Aeration

We are now taking bookings for pitch aeration for the 2017/2018 season.

The calendar for the Phase 1 window can be found below and clubs will be assigned on a first come first served based.


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 34 reports that have currently been undertaken by our pitch advisors (Rob, Marcus & Adam) 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 and is may not be quality assured. In having access to our own contractor and aerator 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, we recommend a visit from the County FA pitch advisor, to justify the recommendations to increase aeration and decompactation on the playing surface.


How much does aeration cost? 

Tested site

Pitch size

Full size adult


9 v 9


7 v 7


*prices inclusive of 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





4 or more


For more information contact Mark Young, Football Development Manager on 01793 486047 / Mark.Young@WiltshireFA.com