Our pitches have suffered from waterlogging and worm casts. We experienced a large number of cancellations due to waterlogging in the 2019/20 season. We also had to spend a considerable sum booking the Uckfield 3G pitch to fulfil our fixtures. So we commissioned a Pitch Improvement Programme report from the Sussex FA.
The report recommends:
- improving the drainage;
- renovation aimed at producing a thick grass sward;
- fertiliser programme for spring / summer and autumn / winter.
We want to follow the report’s recommendations with the aims of:
- improving the quality of the playing surface;
- reducing postponement of matches;
- allowing for the hosting of one more adult team (hopefully a women’s team) and hopefully another junior team.
This will be a six year project for us which we are calling our Pitch Improvement Project. The costs of doing everything we want to are considerable. We will be keeping a photo diary of the works below with more photographs stored here.
We are tracking pitch usage and postponements here.
We had a nasty shock in the autumn when we discovered that we had a chafer bug infestation. The wildlife had stripped back the turf to get to the bugs. This caused considerable damage and we had to play our U11s games away for the second half of the season. We repaired the damage using rootzone mix and A30 grass seed.
We were also lucky enough to receive a grant from the Football Foundation which, together with funds raised by the club and community, allowed us to purchase a turf grooming tractor attachment called a quadraplay.
We have been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Football Foundation for the six year pitch improvement project and a grant from the Gatwick Airport Community Trust for pitch works. So we have started on our six year project. Vertidraining is the first major job, quickly followed by fertiliser and clear cast.