With a particularly harsh winter leaving sports pitches across the country somewhat weathered and in need of repair, a competition has been set up to boost local junior clubs..
To help those teams most in need, outdoor petrol powered equipment engine manufacturer, Briggs and Stratton, is giving away up to £10,000 to amateur under 18s football, rugby league and cricket teams in its ‘Pitch to Win’ competition.
The competition will run in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the professional membership organisation for grounds staff and those involved in the management of sports pitches and facilities in the United Kingdom.
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 and Stratton, explained why his company was getting involved with amateur sport.
He said: “The weather plays a huge role in the success of amateur teams.”
“We realise resources aren’t often in excess, particularly at a grassroots level, which means that some teams really suffer.”
“We hope that the Pitch to Win prize will help teams worst affected to improve their pitches and solve problems in the future.”
To enter simply visit www.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 the deadline of 31st March 2015 to enter.
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