Begin to get ready for the season ahead. Check all goal post and sockets for safety. It may be 12 months since anyone looked at these posts. There is enough danger of being hurt playing the game without adding to any danger by negligence! Mark the pitch lines out using a safe paint such as ‘Preline’ paint. This product has a growth retardant in it that will help you to maintain your lines safely. There are a number of injuries every year caused by people using weed killers or creosote mixed with marking paint, so please adhere to Health and Safety guidance when marking. Keep the mowing going and irrigate when needed if you are able to. Try to keep the players off when they return for pre-season training; do not let the coaches ruin a season’s work and try and get the club committee’s support on this matter,

If the training areas start to wear out give them extra sand and perhaps a watering and a feed. They are intensely used at this time of year but need to be looked after. The longer they train off the pitch the better.