There’s good news for the village as Briercliffe Community Football Club (operated by Briercliffe Community Hub) have been awarded a £2,500 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 Briercliffe Community Football Club (BCFC), who play in the East Lancashire Football 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 uses their grant towards helping to 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 Briercliffe can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.
Louise Haines, Chairperson at Briercliffe Community FC, said:”This is a great opportunity to repair the pitches after a period of closure, when we have not been able to look after the grounds due to the recent works at Kings Mill, and also as a result of the pandemic.”
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:”This is a vital grant to help Briercliffe Community FC 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 following government advice.”
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.