Call for volunteer army to get grassroots sport pitches in shape after lockdown

  • Report warns of increased demand and declining quality
  • Covid-19 lockdown has exacerbated the problem

Urgent action is needed to ensure sports pitches at grassroots level are in a fit state to meet demand when the Covid-19 crisis is over. A report from the Grounds Management Association has warned the survival of community sport will be at risk if surfaces are not made playable and issued a call for volunteers to help local clubs.

The shutdown of sporting activity since mid-March has exacerbated a problem already causing significant concern. England has 58,891 football, rugby and cricket pitches but many are deteriorating through increased demand and poor maintenance. A return to action is expected to add significantly to the strain given widespread eagerness to play again and the difficulties in tending to pitches while sport has been on hold.

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