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Natural turf pitches need our attention amid the Covid crisis

Natural turf pitches need our attention amid the Covid-19 crisis… if urgent action isn’t taken, millions of players at grassroots level will be left unable to play

  • Geoff Webb, CEO of the Grounds Management Association, needs our support
  • Grassroots team sports played on grass pitches are facing a significant crisis 
  • Due to Covid-19 millions could miss out playing sports if urgent action isn’t taken
  • While play isn’t currently happening, people need to get involved and pitch in

Grassroots team sports played on grass pitches are facing a significant crisis due to Covid-19, but also in large part due to the state of our nation’s pitches.

With many of our favourite sports being heavily dependent on natural turf pitches, and those that maintain them, it’s vital we do everything we can to keep them playable.

Our recent research has shown that without urgent action, one in five football and rugby players and half of all cricket players will be left unable to play weekly or seasonally due to the state of pitches.

Grassroots team sports played on grass pitches are facing a significant crisis due to Covid-19

This equates to more than half a million players per week.

However, with the right care for our community pitches — and, crucially, volunteers — 1.9million more children would be able to play sport each year on existing pitches.

While play isn’t currently happening, we’re urging people to get involved and contact local teams. Volunteers who focus on grounds maintenance are a vital part of making sport possible. 

Through investing in local pitches, encouraging more volunteers and promoting careers in the profession, we can get more people playing sport than ever before, despite the present challenges.

I encourage anyone who is passionate about sports and their community to look into grounds management training, which has proven benefits to local clubs for little investment.

Our Level 1 training, which can be accessed online, provides anyone with the key building blocks for grounds management.

Read our research at thegma.org.uk to learn more about how you can help.




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