Burleys is sponsoring Newhaven Football Club this season – but instead of providing strip for the players it mows the pitch every week free of charge.
As grounds maintenance contractor for Lewes District Council, Burleys looks after all its sports pitches, bowling greens, cricket grounds, tennis courts and rugby pitches, as well as maintaining the grounds of a number of private sports clubs.
Burleys contract manager Mark Tavener explained: “We take great pride in getting our sports pitches up to a competition standard. Managing the Olympic training rugby pitches in Brighton reflects how hard we work to make sure it’s right for the players. We were really excited when offered the opportunity to sponsor our local football club.”
The club also employed Burleys to carry out some pitch renovations, which this season included ‘verti-draining’ and reseeding.
Burleys’ turfcare prowess has been nationally recognised – and it has just been named a finalist in the prestigious national Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Awards, due to be presented in October.
The team uses a revolutionary sports turf aerification machine for many of the grounds it cares for.
The Air2G2 Soil CPR machine, which won the 2015 Innovation Award from the Sports Turf Managers Association, is the only machine of its kind to use air injection technology to help oxygen circulate in compacted soil. The CPR element of the machine’s name stands for compaction relief, increased porosity, and enhanced respiration.
The end result is turf which can breathe, better root growth, and rapid drainage to prevent flooding – with the added benefit that as the surface of the turf isn’t disrupted the green can be used immediately after treatment.
Other clubs looking to get their pitches up to competition standard can contact Burleys for a free site visit and advice.