The four-year agreement will see the supply of Rigby Taylor grass seed, fertilizers, line marking paints and machines, and other consumable products being made available to clubs with the objective of achieving a common quality standard of pitch presentation.
The programme is aimed at improving the quality of natural turf pitches across all levels of the game with specialist advice and guidance via site visits, with the opportunity to obtain grants and discounted rates off the recommended machinery and materials required to improve pitches. A website has also been developed with the aim of supporting local groundsmen and volunteers.
The programme aims to get more people playing football on better pitches - a key initiative detailed in the FA's National Facilities Strategy and supporting the delivery of the new FA National Game Strategy. The support available to clubs and leagues will help to ensure better facilities are available for both training and matches.
Commenting on the ground-breaking agreement, Rigby Taylor marketing director Richard Fry said: "This Pitch Improvement Programme is an exciting initiative. As a company, we are proud to have been selected as an official supplier to the FA and to support them in helping achieve the development of an improved level of football pitch quality and sustainability throughout England."
Mark Pover, FA national facilities and investment manager said: "The Pitch Improvement Programme was established in direct response to a growing call from local clubs for help with pitch improvements. The project directly supports grassroots clubs by providing support and guidance along with harnessing expertise from specialists such as Rigby Taylor and providing the materials that clubs need. The expertise and quality of the products offered will be invaluable and offers a genuinely sustainable solution for those clubs seeking to improve the quality of their pitches."