Your guide to

Grass Pitch Maintenance publicity

Congratulations on receiving your Grass Pitch Maintenance Funding. Now is the time to publicise the great news in the local media and on your social media channels.

Game on!

Press release

We’ve put together a grant announcement press release template that you can download, populate and send to your local media. Don’t worry, we’ve also provided some tips on how to compile a media list, photography to use to help highlight the impact of your new facility and some recommended wording for a covering email below.

Downloadable Social Media Graphics

The publicity of your grant award shouldn’t stop at just your local media. We want you to celebrate the good news about your grant award by shouting about it on social media too.  We’ve created some graphics for you to use in your social media posts which can be downloaded below. You don’t have to be a whizz at social media to take advantage of these graphics – we’ve clearly explained how to use them in the guidance below.

Downloads

Download graphic to use on Twitter or Facebook:

 

Download here

 

Download graphic to use on Instagram:

 

Download here

How to use the press release template and social graphics

You should now have downloaded the press release and social media templates from the above links. Now it’s time to use our handy guidance document to put them to good use and ensure you're gaining the maximum exposure for your new facility.

Press release

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. 

Hello,

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.

Kind regards

How to use the social media graphics

We want you to celebrate the good news about your grant award on social media and we’ve created some handy graphics to get you started. 

All you have to do is download the graphic appropriate to the social media channel you’re sharing it on from the social graphics section above, attach it to the post and add some supporting copy. 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 (click here for guidance on this)

We’ve given you some options below but please put your own spin on it.  

Facebook

It’s Game On!

Thanks to the @premierleague, The FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundation1, we've secured a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant to get our pitches looking their best.

Without good quality pitches to play on, there can be no game. Join the grass pitch revolution - head to the Football Foundation website to see what your club could be eligible for.

https://footballfoundation.org.uk/grass-pitch-improvement

Game on!

The @premierleague, The FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundation1 are on a mission to add 5000 good quality pitches to the current number across England by 2024.

Improve your pitch today through the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund 

Find out more and apply

https://footballfoundation.org.uk/grant/grass-pitch-maintenance-fund

Twitter

1. 

It’s Game on!

Thanks to the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn we’ve been awarded a grant to help maintain our grass pitches.

Funding is still available through the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund so check it out now to see if you may be eligible.

#GameOn


2.   

Grant Secured!

Football is back and our pitches will be looking their best thanks to a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant. The funding, delivered by the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn, will help us *add details of how grant will help club/org maintain grass pitches*

#GameOn

    
3.   

Result!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded a Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund grant from the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS's @FootballFoundtn! This funding will allow us to get our grass pitches looking their best and ensure they are in top condition.

#GameOn

 

Instagram:

Get In!

Football is back and 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*

#GameOn