There’s good news for Burntwood as MSA have been awarded a £5000 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 Midland Soccer Academy, who have teams in the Staffs Girls league, MJPL & Tamworth Junior 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 use their grant towards to help 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 Staffordshire can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.

Kieran Newey, Chairman of MSA , said: “We are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for the funding, which will help us with our continued development of the Open House pitches, We are keen to provide our players with high quality playing facilities and this investment will help us to continue the work of the last 3 years.”

Kevin Staples, Head of Strategy and Investment of the Staffordshire Football Association, said “We are delighted that MSA have been awarded a Pitch Preparation grant from the Football Foundation to help them improve the pitches at Open House. This grant will enable the club to continue its pitch maintenance, especially at a time of limited income, and ensure that the pitches are ready for when the new season returns. The improvement of grass pitches for all is a priority for the Staffordshire FA and this is another step forward for helping the local community to have good grass pitches to play on.”

Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Midland Soccer Academy 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 again following government advice.”

The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.