Your guide to
Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund publicity
Congratulations on receiving your Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant! Now is the time to publicise the great news in the local media and on your social media channels.
How to use the press release template
As you will see on the template, you just need to edit the parts in yellow to ensure that it is relevant to your organisation and funding received.
Once this is done you will need to email to your local County FA so they can add a quote before sending it on to local media. To compile a media list, you need to do a simple google search “local newspaper contacts in *insert county/city*”.
This will return the Contact Us web pages of numerous outlets. For example, you can see the results when searching “local media contacts in Hampshire” here.
Collate the Newsdesk and Editor contact details for outlets in your area and then email the press release to these contacts.
We would also recommend taking some high resolution (i.e. good enough quality and size to be used for print media) photos of your football activity restarting to send with the press release and then use on social media.
Below is some recommended wording to use in your covering email when sending the press release out to local media contacts.
I am sure you will be interested to know about the Football Foundation funding *insert club/organisation* has received to *insert project details*.
Attached is a press release with more information about this and some high res photos of our activity.
Please feel free to get in touch with *insert name, position at club/organisation and telephone number/email* if you would like to know anything else about the project.
Please could you also send through any links to stories published online if you do cover this story.
To download your graphics, click the graphic link for the channel you want to post on below, right hand click on the image and press 'Save as' to save to your device.
Example social media posts
Once you've downloaded the social media assets above, attach the graphic to your post and add some supporting text. We’ve given you some options below but feel free to put your own spin on it.
If you've uploaded the press release to your club website, please add the link to the post, or, use something like Twitter cards to link to it through the graphic.
We're match fit!
Thanks to investment from the @premierleague, The FA and @DCMS, we've secured a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant from the @FootballFoundation1 to get our pitches looking their best.
Without good quality pitches to play on, there can be no game. Transform the quality of your pitch today. Head to the Football Foundation's website to find out more and see what your club could be eligible for: https://footballfoundation.org.uk/get-your-pitch-match-fit
We're match fit!
The @premierleague, The FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundation1 are on a mission to deliver 20,000 'good' quality pitches across England in the next ten years.
Complete your PitchPower inspections and unlock the funding and resources you need to improve your pitch today.
Find out more about the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund and apply:
Thanks to the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn, we’ve secured a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant!
Just complete a PitchPower inspection and have your assessment report ready to apply on their website.
Our pitches will be looking their best thanks to a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant from the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn!
There's still time to get yours - complete your PitchPower inspections and have your assessment report ready to apply.
We've secured a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant from the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn to help ensure our grass pitches are in top condition!
Head to their website to find out how to unlock the support you need to do the same.
We're match fit!
Our grass pitches will be looking their best thanks to a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant. The funding, delivered by the @premierleague, The FA and @dcmsgovuk’s @footballfoundation, will help us *add details of how grant will help club/org maintain grass pitches*.
Head over to the Football Foundation's website to see how you can unlock the funding and resources you need to improve the quality of your grass pitches. Just complete your PitchPower inspections for the pitches you want funding for and have your Assessment Report ready to apply for the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund.
Writing to local politicians
You can find the contact details of your local MP’s office by clicking on this link and typing in your relevant post code.
You can find the contact details of your local Councillors by clicking on this link and typing in your relevant post code.
If you live in London or in one of England’s nine Combined Authorities, you can find the contact details of your local Metro Mayor on this link.