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Join us for a Pitch Improvement Awareness Evening

Wednesday 3rd October 6pm -9pm - Improve your pitch playability with advice and guidance from the experts


Are you a Groundsman or club volunteer that looks after the pitch maintenance?
Has your pitch suffered from compaction? Waterlogging?
Has this caused matches to be cancelled? 

Do the darker nights prevent you from training?

Are your current facilities in need of refurbishment?

Do you need answers to some of these questions?

Then join us for a Pitch & Groundsman Awareness Evening for information on improving your pitches, reducing compaction, funding, maintenance machinery demonstrations and packages, portable floodlighting etc.

WHEN:  Wednesday 3rd October 2018  6pm - 9pm

WHERE:  Milborne St Andrew Sports Club, Lane End, Milborne St. Andrew, DT11 0JA 

COST:  Free

Avoid having to cancel matches next season. Join us for an evening that will benefit your club by providing you with valuable advice and guidance on improving the quality of your pitch and club facilities.

We have pleasure in welcoming to the evening several guest speakers that will share their knowledge and experiences and provide practical demonstrations to show you the benefits of using the right equipment for the job. Confirm your attendance below.

At the Awareness Evening we are pleased to welcome:

Kath Purnell    Dorset County FA - Facilities Officer

Find out what funding is available to help you improve the quality of your pitches, refurbish/improve existing facilities, floodlighting, goalposts etc and how to apply.

Simon Johnson    IOG Regional Pitch Advisor

Simon will talk to you about how to deliver the best pitch for your budget. With top tips on general maintenance to ensure that your pitch is in the best condition and tell you about the Pitch Improvement Programme.

Noel McKenzie   Rigby Taylor

Noel is from Rigby Taylor the leading turf care and grounds maintenance company and the preferred supplier of the FA. Noel will share with you his knowledge and experiences on how to reduce compaction and keep pitches playable throughout the season.

Nick Clarke    New Forest Farm Machinery - Turf Sales Director

We are please to welcome Nick from New Forest Farm Machinery of Ringwood who will provide you with expert advice on the best types of machinery to use to improve your pitch quality with practical demonstrations to show you the impact that using the right tools for the job can have. Also to be unveiled will be a new machinery package that will cover all your pitch care needs.

Iain Walker     Phoenix Sporting Goods

Iain is the South West Accounts Manager for Phoenix Sporting Goods who are the official portable floodlight and inflatable goal suppliers for Dorset FA. Iain will demonstrate how easy it is to boost your winter training sessions using the Portable iLite to ensure that team training can continue during those dark nights. Perfect for coaches and clubs to enhance your winter training needs.

Simon Moore     Fleet Line Markers

Simon is the Area Sales Manager for Fleet Line Markers. In 2017-18 we were pleased to have Fleet Line Markers sponsor the Dorset FA Groundsman of the Year Awards, which they have agreed to continue into the 2018-19 season. Simon will be discussing the types of paint that can be used to line mark your pitch to maximise coverage and longevity. Dorset FA affiliated clubs can also receive discounted prices on pitch paints from Fleet Line Markers.


If you would like to attend then please confirm your attendance below as soon as possible so that we can send you workshop details and directions.

Confirm Your Attendance


For further information please contact Kath Purnell on 01202 688278 or email Kathryn.Purnell@dorsetfa.com 

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