BRINGING FOOTBALL BACK TO STANLEY
Stanley football pitch drainage improvements
This partnership project between Stanley Development Trust (SDT) and Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) aims to re-instate the football pitch in Stanley and thus enable our local football team to train and play league games in their own village and develop teams for younger players. It will also enable Stanley Primary School children to undertake physical activity and play football on a well-drained natural turf surface. The football pitch is located within the grounds of Stanley Primary School.
The Stanley football pitch drainage system was last serviced and repaired by the community in the early 1980’s. In more recent times ongoing drainage problems have meant that the football pitch is regularly waterlogged. The pitch is unsuitable therefore for use by Stanley Primary School and unplayable by the local youth football team which has had to play home games at other football grounds in Perth & Kinross.
To renovate the pitch by commissioning a specialist grounds care contractor (SportsMasters UK) to improve the drainage by:
- Top-dressing the pitch with 60 tons of approved sports sand
- Applying a winter feed at 35g/m2
- Decompact the soil (earthquake)
- Aerate the soil by Verti-draining the pitch
FUNDING THE PROJECT
In 2018 the SUEZ Communities Trust awarded PKC/SDT £9,924.00 for this project with the condition that it must be spent on improvements to the drainage system. The SUEZ grant was match funded with an award from PKC Community Environment Challenge Fund (£16,476). The match funding was originally planned to have paid for essential and non-essential renovation works to the football pitch. However, in reality it was just the essential works (as described above) that were carried out. PKC informed SUEZ Communities Trust of this change of plan and it was agreed that the SUEZ grant could be used to pay for the essential drainage renovation works.
THE STORY OF THE STANLEY PITCH RENOVATIONS
The renovation works were scheduled for the October 2018 school holiday fortnight (8th – 19th October) when the school would be closed and access to the grounds could be limited with little inconvenience to the public. However, exceptionally heavy and prolonged rain was forecast for the week beginning 8th October 2018. The contractor advised SDT that it would be not prudent to come on site in those weather conditions. The risk of damage to the pitch, of machinery not working efficiently in muddy conditions, of the renovations running over scheduled time, and of resultant extra costs to SDT were all considered to be too great. Given the two week window available in which to carry out renovations, it was decided to undertake essential works only (as described above) during week commencing 15th October when the weather forecast for more conducive. The renovations took place on the 15th and 16th October 2018. Please see story board on page 3 of this report for photographic evidence of the renovation works.
Similar treatments have been applied to other water-logged and compacted pitches in the Perth & Kinross area with good results. Whilst it will take some time for the Stanley pitch to fully recover from the renovations, it is already in a much better state to cope with the coming winter and the inevitable rain and snow. The pitch can be used straight away by Stanley Primary School pupils for their ‘Daily Mile’ walking and other physical and sports activities without fear of muddy shoes and clothes. The local football group is in the process of re-forming teams for the 2019/20 season.
There has been a great deal of interest in the project from the local community. A post on SDT’s Facebook page which credited SUEZ Communities Trust with funding the renovation works to the football pitch reached 895 people – a remarkable reach for a village with a population of around 1300.
Thank you SUEZ Communities Trust for helping the Stanley community to realise our long-held wish to improve the condition of the pitch and to help bring football back to Stanley