There’s good news for Rutland as Royce Rangers FC have been awarded a £5,000 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 Royce Rangers FC, to prepare our football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.
Royce can use the grant towards paying 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.
Royce Rangers, Chairman Ian Razzell, said: “This is fantastic news for the club, especially following on from last season’s persistent, adverse playing conditions. This money will be put straight back into the ground and will help us prepare for September when we welcome young players and parents back to the club. We continue to strive to provide football for as many of our area’s young players as we can. Which is so important for both mental and physical well-being and even more so in the wake of this year’s lockdown.”
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Royce Rangers 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.