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8 June 2020

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There’s good news for Rotherham as Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) have been awarded a £1500.00 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 RUCST, 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 Rotherham can sign up at

Jamie Noble, Head of Community at Rotherham United, said: “We are delighted to receive the much needed funds from Football Foundation, this will go a long way to making the facility the best it can be for the local community. Once again, we would like to place our thanks on record to everyone at Football Foundation for their continued support to RUCST and Rotherham as a community.”

Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Rotherham united Community Sports Trust 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.

For more information please contact:

  • Jamie Noble, Head of Community – 01709 827767
  • Football Foundation Communications Team at

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