Our congratulations to Jarvis Brook who are the latest club in Sussex to have achieved a “Good” pitch quality rating on all six of their grass football pitches at Lime Kiln Playing Field.
Jarvis Brook are a 2* England Football Accredited Club with 27 teams from Under-7s through to Veterans.
The Football Foundation developed the PitchPower web app as a self-assessment tool through which clubs and other organisations are able to assess the quality of their existing pitches and receive tailored maintenance advice.
A PitchPower report is the first step for organisations looking to apply to the Football Foundation for funding through the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, which not only provides tapered funding for enhanced works to grass pitches, but also for machinery and storage facilities.
A spokesperson for Jarvis Brook said: “Our club has witnessed a real transformation of its pitches over the last two years thanks to a significant investment in our playing surfaces.
“The club, in collaboration with the Football Foundation through the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, has invested in six pitches on its premises including adult, youth, and mini soccer.
“We are delighted that our latest PitchPower assessment has shown that all pitches have improved and are now graded as ‘Good’ (having previously been graded as ‘Poor’).
They went onto add: “This is in no small part due to the hard work that our volunteer groundsmen Chris Frampton and Graham Hodges, who put in the work week-in-week-out in all weathers.
“Indeed, they were both recognised for their dedication at the Sussex County FA Grassroots Awards in 2022, winning the Grassroots Grounds Team of the Year Award.
“This investment is continuing for the next four years, and working in conjunction with the Grounds Management Association we hope to continue to improve the playing surfaces year on year.”
Our Facilities & Investments Officer, Beckie Street, said: “The transformation witnessed at Lime Kiln Playing Fields between their first PitchPower assessment in the spring of 2021 and their most recent report is testament to the hard work put in by the volunteers at the club.
“Working alongside the Grounds Management Association, the Football Foundation and Sussex County FA, the club has made fantastic use of the tools and funding available to them.”
For further information on PitchPower and the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, please contact our Projects team:
T: 01903 753547