Aim:

To ensure that playing surfaces conform to criteria set out in Sport England Design Guidance Notes.

Timings:

Throughout season.

Method:

Assess:

  • Wear of pitch/s.
  • Pitch dimensions.
  • Maintenance programme.

Effects of Incorrect Procedure:

  • Loss of play due to poor surface conditions.
  • Loss of revenue.
  • Delay to start of match to allow remedial action.
  • Match postponed by officials.
  • Player injury.
  • Poor playability.
  • Reputational damage to club and volunteer groundsman.

Equipment:

  • Visual assessment.
  • Measuring tape & pegs.
  • Copy of maintenance programme.

Practical Tips:

  • Are there pitches available to rotate use?
  • Look for player misuse.