Football facilities get £5.8m funding boost

Hundreds of grassroots football teams across England are set to benefit from a funding injection of £5.8m into football facilities.

67 facilities across the country, from Northumberland to Devon, have been awarded grants as part of the new Premier League and FA Facilities fund.

The cash boost, which represents the first wave of investments from the fund, will help clubs and local authorities to develop new sports facilities, including grass and 3G artificial grass pitches and modern changing rooms, in a bid to improve players’ experience of football.

The funding itself is not new but a re-branding of the investment distributed throughout the grassroots game by the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.

The newly re-branded fund provides a more direct link for two of the Football Foundation’s funding partners to the facilities they are helping to improve. Between them the Premier League and FA, along with the government via Sport England, will invest £102m in the fund between 2014 and 2016.

The funding partners hope that by providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with age-appropriate coaching, the investment will attract new players to the game and improve the experience for regular players.

Many of the new facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, backed with investment from Government, shows what can be achieved with a strong public and private partnership in sport.

“By building fantastic all-weather 3G pitches across the country we will boost grassroots football, encourage participation all-year round and also help develop the next generation of talent.”

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “These new and upgraded sites will be of huge benefit to local communities, allowing even more schools, clubs and casual players to enjoy their sport. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the game.”

This month’s funding announcement – the first of four expected this year – demonstrated the breadth of funding available via the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund and its Small Grants Scheme.

Loughborough Students’ Futsal Club were awarded £270 for some new goalposts, while South Bromsgrove High School in Worcestershire received a grant of £500,000 for a new 3G pitch and changing rooms.

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said the range of funding was “crucial” to improving facilities up and down the country.

“From small grants of under £10,000 to some of the largest grants of up to £500,000, the fund makes a huge impact in the communities that the facilities serve,” said Horne. “Renewing pitches and expanding our 3G pitch network is an important ambition for the FA.”

Find out more about the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, including details of the 67 grants awarded in this funding window and details of how to apply.

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  1. Tony Ruane on June 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Helloi am treasurer of my local football club Moorfield AFC. We currently have 4 junior teams due to a rise in new housing close our ground we are constantly turning juior players away from our ground due to lack of pitches and facilities for them. We have some undeveloped land within our club boundaries we would like develop for new junior teams and also improve and expand our current changing facilities to accommodate new teams . We need help to locate funding to allow our football club which was started in 1921

  2. paul jobes on June 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hi i am secertary of a local sunday morning team. Pelton crown fc we play in durham and district league . Currently in 3rd div after promotion. My team consists of all local lads and with a average age of 25 . We struggle to keep going each season with rising costs and companies not willing to sponsor. Our current pitch fees have risen from £550 to £613 for a pitch with changing facilities and no showers or hot water. We cant drink the cold water And council insisting on up front payment . We need funding to help with this too keep us going beyond this season . Last hope i feel.after 10 yrs existing

  3. shaun quirk on June 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Tony contact your county fa football development officer who can help you access this funding

  4. Joseph Bloggs on July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    5.8m when there are approx 30,000 grassroots clubs in England alone is no where near enough. it’s difficult to get excited because it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what is required. The club I coach at needs £250,000 to improve it’s facilities and get them to a standard where football can be facilitated 12 months a year. Where will that funding come from eventually? The players, sponsorship and fund raising. the premier league should be ashamed.

  5. John Stilwell on July 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I am a Chairman of large junior Football Club in Oxfordshire and d feel that some clubs are not getting what they need to do, if there are clubs out there that are using council or Parish facilities that are not up to standard why don’t you put a request in to take over these facilities with a long term lease on a peppercorn rent and then run the whole thing yourself. Once you have the facility you will have more opportunities to get funding and most FA organisations including your county FA will be more than happy to help you as always they want a piece of the limelight!!!

    Just remember £5.8m is not a lot and £102m that the FA have pledged over 3 yes will not even be enough to keep what already have let alone build more facilities. Instead of building new facilities why don’t they invest what we already have and support all of these Grass Roots Clubs that struggle every year just to keep going.

  6. lee simpson on July 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hi i am the seceretary of the washington honest boy currently playing in division 2 of the ddsl. We are also a team affected every season the same as paul and pelton crown fc. We have really poor changing facilities with no showers no hot water and to be honest it says that the water is drinkable but if you seen the state of the taps and things you wouldnt let your dog drink the water although our pitch isnt the worst in the league we have to do a poop scoop before every game due to dog owners being allowed to walk freely around the fields. pitch fees arising every season we are struggling every year to keep people interested as we are having to up subs paid and seeing no change each year in facilities people are starting to think why should i bother ?. I think off the top of my head i can think of 2 maybe 3 teams in our division whos changing facilities are great and it doesnt seem a chore to go there and play whereas most teams in our division are in the same boat as us and getting changed in mobile changing rooms with no lights and no running water. No wonder so many teams are folding.

  7. Ron Godfrey on July 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    We specialise in helping clubs obtain grant funding for new 3g pitches and facilities improvements so why not get in touch with us, free no obligation meeting can be arranged. Currently we have quite a few clubs on our books that we are helping.

  8. Martin Larner on August 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hi. I have been asked to find out how a grassroots football club goes about getting land to turn into their home ground. Any advice wouldbe greatly appreciated .

  9. Rachel Clark on October 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hello, I am the chairwoman of a group who are looking to raise funds and revitalise a much used and very worn out football pitch on a local park. We have obtained some locality funding, bough council committee funding and local sponsorship. But, despite our best efforts we still don’t have enough money. An ideas where I can apply for funding for community football pitches? Thank you

  10. trevor adams on May 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Good afternoon my name is Trevor Adams I have just recently established a club based in Newry county down northern Ireland and would like to know would ny club be entitled to any facilities funding.

    Thank you

  11. Mark Worth on August 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hi I have just taken over as Chairman of Combe Martin Football Club which is in desperate need of updating and a refurbishment of the council building. We have 2 senior teams.
    I have decided to start childrens training to encourage the younger generation that CMFC will need them in the next 10 years.
    Please help us get started we need donations for new balls, goals, bibs and markers..
    Many thanks Mark

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