While the playing and coaching staff are busy enjoying their summer break there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at the Proact, not least with the pitch, with a new surface being installed in time for pre-season.
Head groundsman, Liam Reynolds, has been overseeing the work since it began on May 30 and he says that things are going according to plan.
“A couple of weeks ago we came in and took the top surface of the pitch off and removed any grass that was on there, any organic layer that was sitting on the surface and got it back to a nice clean sandy layer,” he told iFollow.
“We’re at day 15 today from seed, we came in and planed the pitch off and reseeded about 500 kilos of grass seed and top dressed with some 60 tonne of sand and today we’re getting it ready to be cut.”
With pitch measuring 8000m2 and a playing surface measuring 112x76yds it's understandably a big job and one that requires a real team effort.
Reynolds said: “We’ve got a big team here at Premier Pitches and there are a few others here on the grounds team, until Monday we kind of let nature take its course, with us just keeping on top of it with watering, making sure it’s fed.
“On Monday we gave it the first roll and yesterday was when the work started in cutting it and getting the grass working.
“It was cut yesterday and today it will have another feed so we can get the roots going down and keep it cut, short, watered and keep the feeds going.”
There’s just five weeks until the new surface will be used for the first time, when the Spireites face Sheffield United in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 18 (7.30pm).
Reynolds has been in regular contact with manager Gary Caldwell to ensure that the pitch meets the necessary requirements and that's something that will continue throughout the new campaign.
He added: “From day one Gary has told us what he wants for the pitch on match days and we’ll adapt and give him what he needs.
“We’ve got five weeks and even though it seems like a short time, it’s also enough time as well. If you look at what we’ve done in two weeks and with what we’ve got to come we’ll be more than ready for the start of the season.”