News Item: Pitch inspection now being done on a Friday-PLEASE READ
(Category: General)
Posted by Site Admin
Monday 01 February 2016 - 22:33:31

Subject: Match Day Inspection Protocol
All Clubs and Teams, Due to operational changes within the Parks Section, the Council have reviewed their Saturday morning football pitch inspection procedures.  Commencing on Friday 14th August all information regarding the condition of football pitches will now be available earlier to the teams and information will be posted on a Friday afternoon on the following social media websites; Facebook; Twitter and the official ERC website.The football answer machine will also be available for updates on the condition of the pitches.
Pitch inspections will no longer be carried out on a Saturday morning. 11 a side grass football pitches:
All pitches will be inspected on a Friday pm and the information will be available to the teams on all the above listed social media websites and the parks answer machine every Friday from 4.00 pm onwards (and Thursday’s when Friday is a public holiday).  Should any pitches be in poor condition when maintenance work is being carried out on a Friday e.g. (deemed unplayable) these pitches will be called Off and the teams who are booked on to these pitches will be contacted and offered an alternative pitch if one is available. 
If Council staff call pitches Off at any venue on a Friday, these pitches will be deemed Off for the weekend. Weather conditions may change over night and put the weekend matches in doubt, it will be the home team’s responsibility for organising a Match Day Inspection to confirm if their game should go ahead.
This inspection should be carried out by an authorised match official. If the game is called Off the Venue Attendant will record the information and this will be passed to the Parks Office and the team given a credit.  
Midweek Football;All pitches will be inspected pm and the relevant information will posted on appropriate social media websites and the council answer machine. The information will be available after 4.00 pm each day when matches are played.   
7 a Side Pitches:
Information will be available on the above social media websites and answer machine on a Friday afternoon  from 4.00 pm onwards informing the teams if the pitches are On or Off. 
3G Pitches
Information will be posted on the social network sites and Council answer machine if these pitches are called Off.  
 Pavilion Staff
Staff working at football pavilions do not have any responsibility for decision making regarding football pitch playability.
Any enquiries about the pitches should be directed to the Parks Section who will endeavour to deal with them as quickly as possible:
Tele 0141 577 3913 Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 4.45 pm: Friday 8.45 am to 3.55pm  
I thank you for your assistance in this matter and hope that these changes do not lead to any inconvenience during this period. It is hoped that in some instances it will assist clubs and teams by having the information available earlier than it was previously. The Parks Section will be monitoring these changes to ensure that the transition period passes with minimum disruption to all the clubs, teams, volunteers and officials who use Council venues.  
If you would like any further information please contact the Parks and Cemeteries Section on 0141 577 3913.  Administration TeamParks Section190 Carnwadric RoadThornliebankG46 8HR Tel:  0141 577 3618Fax: 0141 577 3919Email: 

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