Pitch Guidelines

Pitch Maintenance

Grassroots Support for Grassroots clubs

 "Grassroots Support, for Grassroot Clubs"

Maintaining a good playing surface has never been more vital to the long term longevity of grass roots clubs here you will find a number of useful articles to help support your club in maintaining your local pitch.

The Jersey Football Association acquire the expertise of Steve Landick as a Pitch Adviser to the Grounds Committee. With over 35 years experience working in the field of ground and pitch maintenance and development, Steve’s wealth of knowledge provides Club with an additional resource to support their Groundsmen. Steve will provide detailed Pitch Analysis Reports which will offer guidance in relation to the following areas:

  • Machinery
  • Pre-Season maintenance
  • Post-Season maintenance
  • Seed type
  • Drainage
  • Aeration
  • Irrigation
  • Fertiliser
  • Weed Control

Role of the Grounds Committee

  •  A1 The Grounds Committee shall be composed of three members who shall be elected by the Council pursuant to Rule D2.  At least one of the members shall be a member of the Council.
  • A2 The Grounds Committee will represent the Association on all matters relating to the condition, charging structure, safety and use of playing fields, and on such other matters as the Council shall from time to time determine. 
  •  A3 The Grounds Committee shall be required to meet before the start of each season and visit all pitches to be used for the playing of football and determine if they are in a suitable condition for the playing of matches.  When visiting the pitches the Grounds Committee shall also inspect the goals, changing facilities for players and match officials and again determine if they are in a suitable condition.
  •  A4 The Grounds Committee shall prepare a report noting the pitches visited and that they are satisfied with the condition of each pitch, the goals and changing facilities.  It shall be the Grounds Committee's responsibility to resolve any concerns that they may have to ensure the pitch and changing facilities are acceptable.
  • A5 The Grounds Committee shall also be responsible for determining the fees to be charged for the use of each club pitch for the coming season. These fees shall be notified to Council at the August Council meeting.

    Contact Neville Davidson for more information regarding the Grounds committee. 

Get in touch

Jersey Combination Fixture Secretary & Pitch Adviser

(9am-5pm Mon-Friday)

Tel: 07797737020

Email: stevelandick@gmail.com

Regional Support

Andrew Clarke was appointed into the new regional team in 2014, having been an IOG regional advisor for the previous four years under the ECB programme. He says the role has very much been to act as the ‘go to guy’ across the broadest spectrum of sports, with the underlying principle of assisting others to achieve their goals in terms of turf care – with education and training as the bedrock.

Andy’s previous role has seen him develop the strategies and tools for facility development that have been made available by the national governing bodies (NGBs), through working partnerships – with providers, end users and stakeholders – including umpires’ associations, County Board, leagues, county grounds associations, county pitch advisers, ECB facility and funding managers, local authorities, parish councils, private clubs, trade suppliers and contractors.

He has worked in premier and feeder cricket leagues, producing effective methods of increasing pitch quality with support and follow up guidance. He’s trained umpires in effective objective pitch marking, developed a system to collate and publish results, and formulated action plans to address underperforming pitches.

In addition, he’s delivered the full range of courses from the IOG and the NGBs, and produced bespoke and workshops/seminars, as well as water management and pitch and facility safety.

Andrew Clarke FA Pitch Advisor
To inspire, motivate, support and guide people through this process is not only highly rewarding but an honour. I took on the role with the intention of putting something back into an industry that has served me well for over 30 years, and the post has and continues to provide the ideal vehicle for this.” FA Regional Pitch Advisor Andrew Clarke
- Andrew Clarke FA Regional Pitch Advisor Contact

Pitch Support & Advice

Pitch Aeration

The large majority of Cancellations in the local football because of compacted, waterlogged and wet and weak pitches can be a problem both to the club and the Jersey Football Combination League. Here are some brief guidance notes to clubs as to why we need to aerate. It's very important that we set aside budgets to relieve compaction within the subsoil, The Jersey FA Pitch Advisor Steve Landick can help with any further advice on aeration.

Why Aerate?

The purpose behind all aerating techniques is to maintain or increase the proportion of pore space within the soil structure. Under the influence of play and maintenance practices, pore spaces become constricted as compaction increases.

Compaction of the root zone layer leads to ponding or more extensive water logging, thatch build up and a reduction in playing days.

As you can clearly see from the illustrated picture lack or air will not allow water to percolate through the subsoil, this will have extreme complications leading into the winter months if we however do experience more inclement weather

Please get in touch with Steve Landick, JFA Pitch Advisor and he will gladly advise your club in the right direction.
Pitch Aeration
Pitch Aeration can prevent waterlogged pitches, the number one cause of fixture cancellations on the island.

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