With years of usage has also come the growing problem of maintaining and servicing our grounds equipment. The ground preparation is completed with very old, long time purchased and donated equipment such as rollers and lawnmowers. A priority has to be to invest in more modern and reliable equipment.
Through the hard work and dedication of a small number of active members, the playing surface has been transformed in the last decade. Pencarrow’s biggest asset is its ground and scenic setting. We aim to have one of truest, firmest squares in the area. The quality of the playing area has been acknowledged over recent years and we have regularly hosted the Cornwall Crusaders and Cornwall over 50s, but the outfield is slow and in need of attention.
Maintaining, enhancing and improving the ground will require time and money. In recent years funds have been spent on improvements and general maintenance, paid for through match fees, ground rental and small fundraising initiatives of its members. Encouraging newer and younger members of the club to be involved in the up keep of the ground has also been difficult given the unreliability and old age of the equipment.
Our old gang mowers have now been decommissioned and we are now reliant on the local estate to cut the outfield but this comes at a cost, both financially and at the expense of the clubs independence and ability to wholly satisfy the outfield maintenance requirements.
The ground needs to be top class to attract new players and secure the future of the club. Through existing funds we have recently purchased a second hand roller and pitch covers, which will go some way to improving our ground. Our funds have always been minimal and we have not been in a position to make any significant capital investment for newer, much needed equipment.
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