Larkspur Rovers FC are celebrating its investment in a £50,000 project to help improve its natural grass football pitches in Northolt. The project which has involved the purchase of a new tractor and grounds keeping machinery, will greatly aid the club’s maintenance efforts throughout the year.
SUEZ Communities Trust, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and the London Borough of Ealing provided crucial financial support without which the project would not have been possible.
Joining Larkspur were its equipment suppliers (Campey Turfcare Systems, Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd and RTM/SISIS) and the Institute of Grounsmanship (IoG) who introduced the club’s groundskeepers to the new machinery and its operation.
Graham Bartlett, the Larkspur Rovers FC’s Project Coordinator, said: “The project is a major step towards creating and maintaining an improved playing surface which has always been identified as an important factor in developing the skills of our players.”
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, commented: “This support allows Larkspur Rovers to become more self-sufficient in maintaining the grass pitches and create even further opportunities for young people, both male and female.”
Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust, added: “SUEZ is delighted to have been able to support the enthusiastic team at Larkspur Rovers FC with their project. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion of support.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Larkspur Rovers FC to improve the maintenance of its pitches which will provide a real boost to football in the local area and the playing experience of those that take part.”