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Norfolk FA are delighted to confirm that we are delivering the IOG Level 1 Winter Pitches: In Season groundsman course. This course is £140 per person and will be taking place on Friday 20 September 2019, from 9.30am – 4.30pm at FDC Bowthorpe.

What is involved within this course?

The key subjects – assessment, sequencing of work and aeration to mowing, aeration and line marking, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational hands-on training day featuring a productive presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided).

What does the course content cover?

• Definition and Assessment of surface

• Sequence of annual maintenance

• Mowing, scarification, verticutting, harrowing

• Irrigation, rolling, seeding

• Fertiliser application and top dressing

 Why should I participate in this course?

Ideal for the volunteer, new employee or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills involved in maintaining or managing a winter sports pitch (football and rugby). Develop your skills and knowledge with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to optimise your playing surface. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours.

 What can I do after this course?

To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 2 Winter Pitches: Applied Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to further develop their understanding of technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

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If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Ian Grange our Facilities, Investment & Development Manager by emailing or call 01603 704050 (Ext.1 then Opt. 2).


The need for this service is more relevant now than ever, given the current economic times and the pressures facing grass roots football.

Highlighted in the latest FA grassroots survey, football pitch quality is affecting participation and in anticipation of this The FA Facilities & Investment Team has been working in partnership with the industry to develop a Grass Pitch Maintenance service that can be utilised by grassroots football clubs with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.

The key principle behind the service are to provide football clubs/site providers with advice/practical solutions on a number of areas and discounts on machinery and materials to support, improving the club’s playing surface.

Programme Process

  • Club submits PiP Expression of Interest Form (EOI), see downloadable document below
  • EOI reviewed by CFA with a visit organised and coordinated with the club and the IOG Regional Pitch Advisor (RPA)
  • Site visit carried by RPA, with potentially CFA attendance
  • Report produced by Pitch Advisor with a copy sent to club, CFA and The FA Regional Facilities & Investment Manager (RFIM)
  • Club review and discusses recommendations with CFA and RFIM with the relevant actions taken
  • A revisit is agreed with Pitch Advisor, CFA and Club with a report produced

Cost & Payment

The cost to join the Pitch Improvement Programme is £150.00, which includes an initial visit and revisit 12 months later.

As part of the programme The FA has secured two commercial partners to support the roll-out and growth in line with the companies aspirations. The two partners are;

  • Redexim Charterhouse Limited – Official Machinery Supplier to The FA Pitch Improvement Programme     
  • Rigby Taylor Limited – Official Consumables Supplier to The FA Pitch Improvement Programme

Both companies have agreed a partnering schedule of rates with The FA to support the programme. These rates will be made available to all CFA’s FA affiliated clubs and leagues (not Premier League or Football League), and not solely to those clubs/organisations receiving a PiP visit and report. To receive further information regarding either of these partnerships, please contact Ian Grange on 01603 704050, or email

Pitch Improvement Programme - Expression of Interest

Please find below information relating to the recommended pitch layouts for the various formats played around the county, as well as information detailing goalpost sizes.

The FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions (Imperial)

The FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions (Metric)

Please find attached below a guide from The FA in relation to the transfer of assets, such as existing facilities and/or land.

The FA's Asset Transfer Guide

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By Phone: 01603 704050
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

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