Chris Johnson contacted The NCFA with a story that will smell familiar with the grassroots fraternity.
Chris, wrote; do you fancy running a story about the youth football pitches at Grange Paddocks, Bishops Stortford, Herts?
I’ve copied *********** who is on the board of the F.A into this email, as I had a long conversation about grassroots football and why England cannot produce world-class footballers when I picked him up in my taxi last year.
East Herts council pay a grounds maintenance company an absolute fortune to maintain the football pitches at Grange Paddocks, I spoke to ********** several months ago who actually said the football pitches were in a good state – I think ******** needs to get out of those ivory towers a little more.
Sunday 29th October – there were dangerous holes in the pitches that the maintenance company hadn’t checked, the grass hadn’t been cut for at least 3-4 weeks and was longer than the 75mm contracted length, there was dog turd that should have been cleared – given these pitches cost about £65 per game to rent – £65 quid for this garbage is unacceptable!!
How can kids ever learn to play football if these contractors “rinse” tax-payers cash and civil servants fail to do their jobs properly?
This is the general standard – not good enough – East Herts pay the contractor hundreds of thousands of pounds for this garbage.
…….this is simply not acceptable kids will be injured – East Herts Council, Grange Paddocks & the contractor should all hang their heads in shame.
LET US KNOW HOW YOUR PITCH IS TREATED – IS IT VALUE FOR MONEY?