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10:30 22 November 2014

Sports clubs can apply for funding to improve pitch conditions

Sports clubs can apply for funding to improve pitch conditions

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‘Pitch to Win’ funding for a makeover

Is your sports pitch in need of some TLC? Then help is on hand thanks to Briggs & Stratton’s ‘Pitch to Win’ competition.

The outdoor petrol powered equipment engine manufacturer is on the hunt to find Britain’s worst football, rugby and cricket pitches and will help to renovate the very poorest pitches from each sport with a £3,000 makeover.

The overall winner will win a further £1,000 to help restore the pitch to its former glory, meaning a total of £10,000 for pitch makeovers is up for grabs.

Previously only for football teams, ‘Pitch to Win’ is now open to all amateur football, rugby and cricket teams in Britain with an under-18s team, both boys and girls.

First, second and third places will be awarded in each sport category, with those coming second receiving £500 and third-placed clubs getting £250 for their club kitty. All nine winning teams will receive a new kit and pitchside sponsorship.

The competition is being run in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the professional membership organisation for groundstaff and those involved in the management of sports pitches and facilities in the UK.

As part of the prize, the winning teams will receive expert advice from the IOG as well as a technical evaluation report on how best to maintain their pitch in the future.

Ian Small, UK sales and marketing manager at Briggs & Stratton, said: “Pitch to Win proved to be incredibly successful last time around and we helped a fantastic team who really were at the heart of their local community.

“But football clubs aren’t the only ones that struggle so this year we wanted to involve more sports.

“With health and obesity warnings in the UK on the increase, particularly for children, it is becoming imperative that playing facilities improve to encourage more children to take up a sport and raise fitness levels nationwide – we hope that Pitch to Win goes some way to helping with this.”

To enter simply visit pitchtowin.org.uk, complete the entry form and submit some photos.

More information can be found on the competition’s Twitter page @pitch_towin.

Teams have until 31 March 2015 to enter.

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