The results of the Big Grassroots Football Survey will provide the basis for fresh investment by the game’s governing body for the next four year period.
Everyone taking part in the survey will have their chance to shape the future of the grassroots game, by declaring where they would like to see the FA focus its investment in the period up to 2015.
The survey covers a number of big issues for the national game, including facilities, the Respect programme, small-sided football, refereeing, coaching and football for all.
Since 2008 and through to 2012, the FA will have directly invested over £200m into grassroots football in England through its National Game Strategy (NGS).
This money has seen rapid progression in the womens’ and girls’ game, a rise in the number of referees throughout England and an improvement in levels of Respect shown in youth football.
However, the FA acknowledge acknowledge there is still plenty to be done, such as arresting the decline in male adult football and actually increasing numbers in this area over the coming years.
The survey is open to anyone involved in grassroots football in England and the FA’s Head of National Game, Kelly Simmons, wants everyone to get involved.
“We need to encourage everyone to have their say: young and old, male and female, players, referee and administrators,” she told Club Website at the launch of the survey this week.
“It’s everybody’s game at grassroots level and it’s important that it is shaped by the people who play and run it.”
For those people sceptical about what difference their say could make, Simmons said that the FA’s previous consultation, Your Game Your Say, “really shaped the last £200m investment” as part of the National Game Strategy, and she says this survey will play just as big a part.
Simmons was speaking at the opening of a brand new football facility at the ARK Academy in Brent.
The school, located in the shadow of Wembley’s famous arch, now boasts a brand new floodlit 3G pitch funded by the Football Foundation – a joint initiative between the FA, Premier League and government.
Good quality facilities are one of the biggest concerns for the grassroots football community, as we found out on our facilities tour last year.
Here at Club Website, we know how much you care about the development of the grassroots game – shown no more clearly than in the recent debate on the FA’s proposals for youth football – so we encourage everyone to get involved in the survey and make sure your voice is heard.
It only takes 15-20 minutes to complete and anyone who does so gets the chance to win some fantastic prizes, including tickets to an England game at Wembley, £200 worth of goods from the FA’s online shop and a signed England shirt.
To complete the Big Grassroots Football Survey click here.