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Pitch Preparation Fund publicity

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

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Press release

We’ve put together a grant announcement press release template which 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.

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Downloadable Social media graphics

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.

Download Twitter and Facebook graphic

Download Instagram graphic

Download Facebook/Instagram stories graphic

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 current facilities to send with the press release and then use on social media. Be sure to take a variety of shots capturing the facilities as they will help highlight the impact the investment is going to make (e.g. people playing on them, floodlights etc).

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 current facilities.

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
 

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

Pitch Perfect! 

Thanks to the @Premierleague, The FA and @DCMS’s @FootballFoundation Pitch Preparation Fund, we’ve secured a grant that will help us keep the pitches at *insert site name* look their best ready for when it’s safe for football to return. 

Twitter

1. 

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded Pitch Preparation Funding from the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS’s @FootballFoundtn. This will allow us to get our pitch match-fit ready for when it’s safe for football to return. 

#PitchPreparation 

 

2.   

Pitch Perfect! 

Thanks to the @Premierleague, @FA and @DCMS’s @footballfoundtn Pitch Preparation Fund, we’ve secured a grant that will help us keep the pitches at *insert site name* look their best ready for when it’s safe for football to return. 

#PitchPreparation

    
3.   

Big Win! 

Thanks to the @premierleague, @FA and @DCMS’s @FootballFoundtn, we’ve secured a grant that will allow us to get the pitch(es) match-fit and ready for when it’s safe for football to return

#PitchPreparation

 

Instagram:

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded Pitch Preparation Funding from the @premierleague, The FA and @dcmsgovuk’s @footballfoundation. This will allow us to get our pitch match-fit ready for when it’s safe for football to return. 

#PitchPreparation 

Pitch Preparation Fund Before and After

Before and after photos

Showcasing your pitch's transformation is a great way to highlight the impact of the funding and show off your hard work in securing the grant and doing the work. So, before you start any work, take some high quality photos of your pitch(es) (if your phone has a good camera, you can use this) and then again once the work is complete.

Email these through to events@footballfoundation.org.uk along with your team name and grant reference and you may see them featured on our social media channels, website or national or regional media.