SWANAGE Town & Herston have been awarded a £1,500 pitch preparation funding grant from the Premier League, the FA and the government’s Football Foundation.

The pitch preparation fund was set up in support of clubs amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

It will help enable Swans, who recently also carried out work on the drainage at Day’s Park, to prepare their surface for when the Dorset Premier League is given the green light to return.

The club can use the grant to help towards the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing and routine preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.

Club secretary Alison Newell said: “It's been a massive help securing this money from the Football Foundation funding.”

Interim chief executive of the Football Foundation Robert Sullivan added: “This is a vital grant to help Swanage Town & Herston to get their pitch match-fit.

“The Premier League, the FA and government’s Football Foundation exists to help provide quality infrastructure at the lower levels of the game.

“Pitch preparation fund grants like this one are giving a helping hand to clubs across the country to get their playing surfaces ready for when the game is allowed to begin again, following government advice.”