Sutton United have been awarded a £1,500 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 help U's to keep the pitch match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.
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, and is available at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.
Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott, said: “At what has been a difficult time for clubs at our level the Football Foundation grant is most welcome with our annual pitch maintenance having been carried out, and the annual FIFA pitch grading test due soon.''
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help clubs such as Sutton get their pitch 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.