Normally a football league club’s grassy pitch is hallowed turf; a sacred surface upon which only the professionals can tread. The groundsmen lavish as much care on their grass as they would do on a loved one – if not more – jealously protecting it from unwelcome footsteps.
Once the football season is over, however, things change. The field is then ploughed up, and a new grassy surface is sown ready for the next season.
Just before the pitch at the American Express Community Stadium – the home of Brighton and Hove Albion – was replaced, the club organised a ‘Play on the Amex Pitch’ day, to give youngsters an opportunity to do just that. Their football boots could play on the same pitch that is normally graced by the boots of their heroes.
Here is a photo of the youngsters about to run out on to the pitch.