Pitch of the Year shortlist announced

By James Gordon

Official EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Pitch Partner, GreenFields are delighted to announce the nine finalists for this year's Pitch of the Year Awards.

The shortlisted nine clubs have been selected by their fellow clubs via an online vote, launched mid February. This year's survey saw nominations from over 90% of member clubs, a 10% increase on the votes from 2018.

The finalists in each division are:

PREMIER
Bamber Bridge FC
Nantwich Town FC
South Shields FC

EAST
Cleethorpes Town FC
Stamford AFC
Tadcaster Albion FC

WEST
Colwyn Bay FC
Kidsgrove Athletic FC
Trafford FC

GreenFields have now arranged pitch inspections at the nine shortlisted clubs which will take place 27-29 March.

The shortlisted pitches will be judged on the following criteria: clegg and moisture results, visibility of lines, overall grass coverage, quality of grass in goal mouth areas and overall surface stability.

The judges will also take time to interview each Groundsman on aspects such as fertiliser frequency and Summer renovation plans as well as taking into account the staff used for pitch maintenance, the maintenance equipment owned by the club, the weather on the day of the visit, the geographical location and weather implications, the average hours of pitch usage and the level of irrigation in place at the club.

GreenFields will document the visits by using a dedicated app and by taking a series of photos.

The three winners (one winner per division) will be announced at the League’s Annual End of Season Awards on 15 June in Blackpool and will be presented with a trophy along with a £500 voucher to redeem against maintenance materials or services from GreenFields.

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