Grassroots football facilities – have your say

A familiar picture?

The Football Association is giving you the chance to have your say about grassroots football facilities.

The governing body is currently running a survey to find out more about the condition of football facilities in England and they want everyone involved at grassroots level to have their say.

Here at Club Website, we know how big an issue this is. As we found out in our Facilities Tour last year, there are lots of you out there having to put with facilities that are simply not up to scratch.

In fact, half of you told us that you had to put up with sub-standard facilities on a regular basis, while 39 percent of you don’t even have any changing rooms at your ‘home ground’.

The current financial climate hasn’t made the situation any better and the Football Foundation, whose work in improving facilities has proved invaluable over the last decade, have seen their annual core funding cut from £60m to £36m during that time.

With less money to invest in facilities, the FA are keen to identify where to focus this investment and so they want to hear from you on where the money should go.

Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development at the FA, said the short survey is “a chance for you to have your say” as they review their priorities for investment in facilities to “ensure that we get maximum return from our investment programme.”

“This questionnaire is the first stage in our work to create a new Facilities Strategy for football in England,” he added. “This will also, in time, encompass focus groups, local community meetings and presentations throughout the coming year.

“It is essential that we hear from as many people involved in the game as possible. Whether you are a player, coach, groundsman, club secretary, referee or parent of a young person who plays we want to hear from you.”

The survey, which takes around 10-15 minutes to complete, asks for your views on the pitches and other facilities at both your home ground and where you train, whilst trying identify the key areas for investment and improvement.

Anyone completing the survey can enter themselves into a draw to win a signed England shirt and one of 10 Umbro goody bags.

Click here to complete the FA’s Facilities Survey

Have your say – three ways to do so!

Club Website encourages anyone involved in grassroots football in England to complete the survey and have your say on where the FA should be directing their future investment in facilities.

As well as doing that, we’d also love to hear from you in the following two ways:

1. Vote in our new Club Website poll: “How would you rate the overall quality of facilities at your grassroots football matches?

You can cast your vote on your club or league website now or on our demo website.

2. Have your say on the big facilities question in our comments section below. What are your current facilities like?  Has the situation changed over the last two or three years? Do you expect things to improve under the FA’s new Facilities Strategy?

We want to hear from you so tell us what you think!

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  1. Richard Lundie on November 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I really wish Merton council would fix our showers at Abbey Rec, Motspur Park. Its a nightmare trying to get them to give hot water to us!

  2. Jim O'Rourke on December 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    It really is a shame that decent amateur football facilities are only available to communities with money. Give poorer communities a fairer deal.

  3. Demetrius Skortou on July 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    After watching England in Euro 2012, it’s time to change the formation of 4-4-2 to a more flexible 3-5-2, which will allow for a much better passing game.

    My 3-5-2 England line up would be; Hart, Richards,Terry,Lescott,Walker, Jones, A.Cole,
    Gerrad,Whiltshire,Rooney, Walcott.

    Phil Jones would be the defensive midfielder, winning the tackles in midfield & protecting the back 3.

    I know a team is only as good as the sum of it’s parts, nonetheless, I believe that England can compete on level terms with the best teams in the world, if we are prepared to be a lot more adventurous.

    Spain won Euro 2012, because they played simple but effective & attacking football.

    What do you think?

    Yours Sincerely,

    Demetrius Skortou

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