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163 grassroots facilities upgraded with £14m worth of investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

163 grassroots facilities upgraded with £14m worth of investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Date published: 31/12/2015
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The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £14 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) towards 163 grassroots facility projects worth £57m between June and December 2015.

Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions across the country.  The Fund also provides smaller grants for vital improvements, such as replacing unsafe goalposts and purchasing pitch maintenance equipment.  (See Notes to Editors for a full list of the grants awarded in this period.)

This announcement of the latest round of funding follows the publication of the Government’s new Sport Strategy – Sporting Future:  A New Strategy for an Active Nation – which has seen the Premier League committing even more investment into the grassroots over the next three years.

The Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, have provided £102m between 2013 and 2016 towards the PL/FA:FF.  The Football Foundation targets this investment into areas of greatest need and where it will have maximum effect.  Last season facilities that the Football Foundation upgraded with the Fund’s investment recorded an average increase in football participation of 7%.  Multi-sport participation (i.e. cricket; rugby; netball; etc.) also increased by an average of 8% at those same sites.

One example of the 163 projects is a £342,265 grant to Communities First Foundation and London Borough of Croydon. This will enable them to refurbish their existing sand-dressed FTP to create a new floodlit 3G FTP. This investment will increase participation on site over five years, with the majority of the team increase in the youth, 14-25 and female sections. The facility will be used by the local community and local clubs.

Another example is a £500,000 grant to Beech Hill Primary School in Halifax, which will enable the school to construct a new floodlit 3G FTP.  It is predicted that the new facility will increase the number of teams at clubs using the site from 52 to 64.  This PL/FA:FF investment will also enable FA Level One and Level Two courses, Goalkeeping Coaching and Junior Football Leader Awards to be held at the site.

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, said: “Improving grassroots football facilities is vital to help us get more people involved in the game and nurture our future football stars. This latest £14 million worth of investment, from the Premier League, FA and Government, will benefit community football across the country in locations that need it most.”

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, said: “The Football Foundation’s underlying strategy of delivering quality community facilities where they are needed most and can be best utilised is something the Premier League has long-supported. Creating opportunities for young people to play football and get involved with other sports is incredibly important to developing a taste for sport and exercise and all the ancillary benefits that brings to life. It also forges stronger bonds between communities and the professional football clubs sustained by them.”

Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of The FA, said: “The number of grants approved over the past six months is testimony to our commitment to the pursuit of better grassroots football facilities in this country.

“Next year will see even greater intensity – continued investment in vital individual projects such as these and also the opening of the first city football hubs – marking a step-change in the nature of grassroots football provision.”

Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Sports pitches and pavilions are used by millions of people each week, so it's important that we make sure that they're high quality, welcoming and accessible for everyone.

"We're proud to be working with the FA, Premier League, Government and Football Foundation to create so many excellent facilities that benefit people now, and for years to come.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This continued investment is improving the capacity and quality of local facilities for people who play their football, and other sports, purely for the love of it.

“Since we were launched in 2000, the Football Foundation has supported over 14,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn.  By securing partnership funding the Foundation maximises the return on our Funding Partners’ investment.  By targeting this investment into areas of greatest need and where it will have the greatest impact, we also maximise the impact of that investment.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

About the Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK.  Its core Funding Partners are the Premier League, The FA and the Government/Sport England.  They each provide a combined annual investment of £34m towards the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which the Football Foundation administers on their behalf.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £546m towards improving grassroots sport.  It has used this to attract additional partnership funding of over £779m – meaning it has delivered more than £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.  This has helped to develop the below, and more besides:

  • 561 floodlit artificial grass pitches
  • 2,769 natural grass pitches
  • 917 changing facilities
  • 88 multi-use games areas (MUGAs).

Full List of grants awarded between June and December 2015

See below list of the latest grants awarded by the Football Foundation from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (from the last two funding windows)

Organisation Name

Project Name

Region

Grant Value

Project Value

@Worle Sports Centre

Grounds maintenance equipment/ Storage containers

Somerset

£4,338

£8,676

Academy Soccer FC

Fencing (inc boundary and ball retention)

Essex

£10,000

£28,314

Afc Dobbies Sports

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Lancashire

£615

£1,230

Afc Monton

New Changing Pavilion

Lancashire

£165,415

£275,415

Alton United Youth FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Hampshire

£720

£1,440

Amersham & Wycombe College

New 3G FTP

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£451,024

£701,024

Armthorpe Rovers Juniors FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£1,128

£2,256

Ashby Ivanhoe FC

Grounds maintenance equipment

Leicester

£9,133

£24,797

Askern Junior FC

Portable floodlights

West Riding

£1,008

£2,016

Astley Sports College

New 3G FTP

Cheshire

£487,227

£587,227

Awsworth Villa FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Nottinghamshire

£504

£1,008

Backwell Athletic Junior Youth FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Somerset

£750

£2,152

Barnby Dun Rovers Jfc

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£144

£289

Barnet Fc

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Middlesex

£10,000

£47,400

Bedfont Sports Club FC

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Middlesex

£1,930

£3,860

Beech Hill Primary School

New 79m x 52m Floodlit 3G FTP

West Riding

£500,000

£569,934

Belmont United Youth FC

Replacement of Unsafe
Goalposts

Middlesex

£733

£1,466

Bere Regis FC

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Dorset

£6,720

£13,440

Bilbrook Fc

New Changing Pavilion/Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Staffordshire

£484,529

£844,529

Bilton Ajax J FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Birmingham

£302

£604

Bishop's Stortford Swifts FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Hertfordshire

£644

£1,288

Bottisham Village College

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Cambridgeshire

£1,339

£2,678

Brinkworth Cats FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Wiltshire

£750

£1,525

Bromley Cross FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Lancashire

£488

£976

Broxtowe Borough Council

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Nottinghamshire

£1,500

£5,616

Brunsmeer Athletic Afc Boys

Clubhouse Refurbishment

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£9,603

£19,206

BSC FC (Youth)

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Hertfordshire

£750

£2,507

Burghclere FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Hampshire

£649

£1,298

Burscough Junior FC

Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Liverpool

£98,048

£275,048

Burton Joyce Parish Council

New Floodlit 3G AGP / Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Nottinghamshire

£259,000

£373,236

Calne Town Council

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Wiltshire

£6,450

£14,925

Carre's Grammar School

Improvement to Drainage

Lincolnshire

£53,568

£284,568

Charfield FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Gloucestershire

£504

£1,008

Charlwood Parish Council

New Changing Pavilion

Surrey

£39,509

£540,750

Cheshire West And Chester Council

New 3G FTP

Cheshire

£257,268

£612,268

Chippenham Town Council

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Wiltshire

£750

£1,976

Collingham FC

Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion

Nottinghamshire

£65,000

£125,000

Communities First

Refurbishment of an existing 97m x 52m floodlit sand dressed AGP to create a new 97m x 52m floodlit 3G FTP

Surrey

£342,265

£359,265

Coniston FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Westmorland

£750

£1,550

Coopers School

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Kent

£1,750

£5,124

Cosby United Youth & Junior FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Leicester

£690

£1,380

Coton Green Minor FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Birmingham

£1,250

£3,029

Coventry Copsewood Junior FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Birmingham

£1,500

£4,671

Darlington Borough Council

Refurbishment of existing sand-filled AGP to form a new 101m x 67m floodlit 3G FTP

Durham

£412,580

£512,580

Daten FC

Grounds maintenance equipment

Lancashire

£10,000

£15,350

Denaby Main Jfc

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£615

£1,230

Denham United Ladies FC

New Changing Room

Middlesex

£99,999

£206,306

Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£955

£1,910

Dickens Heath Sports Club

Refurbishment, reconfiguration and extension to Changing Pavilion

Birmingham

£157,517

£300,701

Dorkinians FC

Fencing

AFA

£5,418

£10,836

Dudley Sports FC

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Birmingham

£1,965

£3,929

Dunnington Playing Fields Association

Grounds maintenance equipment

East Riding

£6,672

£13,344

Durkar Devils J.FC

Fencing

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£10,000

£27,101

Eastwood Community FC

New 106m x 70m Floodlit Stadia 3G FTP

Nottinghamshire

£403,827

£533,827

Ellesmere Rangers FC

Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion

Shropshire

£95,800

£227,500

Evergreen Fc (hscl)

Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion

Hertfordshire

£118,950

£278,950

Fairford Town (youth) FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Gloucestershire

£712

£1,483

Foundation Of Light

The Beacon of Light

Durham

£1,000,000

£17,600,000

Garibaldi College

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Nottinghamshire

£338

£677

George Salter Academy

Refurbishment of Existing AGP

Birmingham

£599,747

£764,747

Goole Town Tigers Jfc

Storage Containers

West Riding

£933

£1,866

Groundwork South

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Cornwall

£798

£1,596

Hafc Juniors

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£325

£756

Hall Road Rangers FC

Replacement Storage Container

East Riding

£1,110

£2,220

Hambledon FC

External Works to Car Park

Surrey

£9,580

£24,565

Harwich & Parkeston FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Essex

£504

£1,095

Haven High Academy

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£2,000

£7,388

Haverhill Community Sports Association

New 106 x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

Suffolk

£321,450

£601,450

Heslerton FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

East Riding

£750

£1,716

Hessle Sporting Club FC

New Changing Pavilion

East Riding

£98,495

£261,075

Horsford Village Hall Management Committ

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Norfolk

£490

£980

Hull College Group

Refurbishment of Existing AGP

East Riding

£337,516

£437,516

Hutton Cranswick Sra FC

Changing pavilion refurbishment works
Replace old oil water heating boiler

East Riding

£1,237

£2,474

Ipswich Borough Council

New Changing Pavilion

Suffolk

£96,269

£940,269

Islip Parish Council

Grounds maintenance equipment

Northamptonshire

£1,930

£3,860

Jma Reading FC

Refurbishment and extension of existing 101.4m x 63m floodlit sand-filled AGP to create a new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£384,218

£460,218

John Henry Newman Catholic College

New 106 x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

Birmingham

£420,987

£607,987

Kenilworth Wardens Junior FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Birmingham

£1,500

£5,449

Kirkby Malzeard FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£553

£1,106

Kislingbury FC

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Northamptonshire

£1,632

£4,632

Klassic

Grounds maintenance equipment

Lincolnshire

£2,582

£5,165

Knowsley Metropolitan Council

Refurbishment of Existing AGP to form a new 102m x 63m floodlit 3G FTP

Liverpool

£99,996

£309,996

Ladybridge FC

New Floodlights for Existing AGP

Lancashire

£56,276

£91,146

Lakes College West Cumbria

New 120m x 80m floodlit 3G FTP

Cumberland

£100,000

£808,466

Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Foot

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

London

£1,000

£2,652

Leasingham  jfc

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£270

£539

Livewire Warrington

Refurbishment of existing sand-based AGP to form a new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

Liverpool

£302,184

£515,184

London Playing Fields Foundation

Refurbishment of existing 112m x 76m sand-dressed AGP to form a new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

London

£368,696

£578,696

Long Eaton United FC

Grounds maintenance equipment

Derbyshire

£1,930

£3,860

Lostock Hall Juniors FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Lancashire

£1,077

£2,155

Lutterworth Town FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Leicester

£810

£1,620

Masham Town FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

North Riding

£361

£723

Mawsley Youth FC

Tractors and/or maintenance items

Northamptonshire

£14,253

£22,753

Mayfield FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Staffordshire

£750

£1,995

Merseyside Blind Squad FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Liverpool

£500

£1,184

Milton Parish Council & Milton Comm Cent

Pavilion Refurbishment

Cambridgeshire

£10,000

£50,000

Mistley FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Essex

£750

£1,585

Molesey Juniors FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Surrey

£1,500

£5,165

Moorthorpe & South Elmsall District Jfc

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£1,119

£2,239

North Lindum Hawks Jfc

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£2,000

£4,599

North Warwickshire Recreational Centre

Fencing (inc boundary and ball retention)

Birmingham

£2,343

£4,686

Northumberland County Council

New 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

Northumberland

£483,561

£660,561

Otford United Juniors FC

Grounds maintenance equipment

Kent

£4,125

£8,250

Oxford City Council

Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion

Oxfordshire

£348,828

£699,328

Padbury Village FC

Portable Floodlights

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£1,249

£2,544

Peel FC

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Isle of Man

£9,048

£18,096

Pensilva Youth FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Cornwall

£456

£912

Pewsey Vale Youth Fc

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Wiltshire

£311

£623

Phoenix Rangers Youth FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Birmingham

£795

£1,590

Plymstock School

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Devon

£750

£2,440

Prees Cricket and Recreation Club

Portable floodlights / Storage containers

Shropshire

£9,815

£19,630

Priory Parkside Colts FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Huntingdonshire

£500

£1,055

Prudhoe Town FC

Fencing

Northumberland

£10,000

£46,800

Quedgeley Wanderers FC

Grounds maintenance equipment

Gloucestershire

£7,620

£16,620

Queens Park Rangers FC

New Changing Pavilion, works to natural grass pitches, new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

Middlesex

£500,000

£16,500,000

Rawmarsh St Joseph's J.FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£649

£1,299

Ribston Hall High School

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Gloucestershire

£575

£1,325

Richard Hale School

New 106 x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

Hertfordshire

£400,146

£710,146

Salisbury City Youth FC

Portable floodlights

Wiltshire

£2,721

£5,443

Salts Juniors FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts / Fencing

West Riding

£584

£1,169

Scarborough Borough Council

New 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

North Riding

£162,012

£500,976

Shorne FC

Refurbishment and External Works

Kent

£9,682

£19,682

Silsden Sports Club

Changing Pavilion

West Riding

£8,069

£16,569

Skipton Juniors Fc

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

West Riding

£597

£1,194

South Kesteven District Council

Refurbishment of existing sand-based AGP to form a new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G FTP

Lincolnshire

£386,006

£446,006

South Milford FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£750

£1,732

South Wonston Swifts FC

New Changing Pavilion

Hampshire

£100,000

£532,000

Sport In Desford

Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishment and external works

Leicester

£3,121

£6,242

Sprowston Town Council

New Changing Pavilion

Norfolk

£70,000

£159,011

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Site perimeter fencing (Oakes Road Open Space and Tollgate Recreation Ground)

Suffolk

£10,000

£23,826

St John The Evangelist Ce Primary School

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Oxfordshire

£752

£1,504

St Lawrence FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Jersey

£750

£2,642

St Mary Bourne Parish Council

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Hampshire

£488

£977

Stamford Bridge AFC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

East Riding

£750

£2,371

Stamford Bridge Juniors FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

East Riding

£500

£1,618

Stilton United Colts FC

New Changing Pavilion / Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Huntingdonshire

£75,184

£605,184

Stockton Town FC

New 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

Durham

£281,691

£729,216

Stoke Newington School

New 60m x 46m Floodlit 3G FTP

London

£279,676

£314,676

Swindon New College

New 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G FTP

Wiltshire

£479,461

£779,461

Swineshead Institute J.FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£1,165

£3,287

Tamworth Enterprise College

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Staffordshire

£714

£1,428

Tattenhoe Youth FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£480

£1,142

Teignmouth Community School

Refurbishment of Existing 94m x 56m AGP to form a 94m x 56m floodlit 3G FTP

Devon

£211,907

£311,907

The Howard School

Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Kent

£41,146

£121,796

Thornbury Town FC

Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Gloucestershire

£86,520

£185,211

Thorpe United FC

New 61m x 43 Floodlit 3G FTP

West Riding

£152,080

£335,080

Thurrock FC

Changing room improvement

Essex

£8,615

£17,540

Thursby Sport & Recreation Committee

Works to Natural Grass Pitches

Cumberland

£64,020

£160,270

Trevenson Fc Youth

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

Cornwall

£965

£2,184

Trinity Y FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Essex

£1,020

£2,041

Walsall Phoenix FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts and Changing pavilion/clubhouse
refurbishment

Birmingham

£6,131

£12,639

Wanborough Junior Football Club FC

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Wiltshire

£487

£975

Wantage Town Boys And Girls FC

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£246

£492

West Wickham FC

Changing pavilion/clubhouse
refurbishment and external
works

AFA

£10,000

£23,643

Weston Lane Jnrs S S C FC

New pitch perimeter barrier

West Riding

£10,000

£23,000

WFA Sports Facility Ltd

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Worcestershire

£1,269

£2,538

Whitehaven Afc Juniors

Replacement of unsafe Goalposts

Cumberland

£1,000

£4,055

Wigton Moor Juniors FC

Replacement of Unsafe Goalposts

West Riding

£1,447

£4,823

Wilberfoss Mavericks Jfc

Replacement of unsafe goalposts

East Riding

£614

£1,269

Woodhall Spa United Jfc

Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion

Lincolnshire

£235,183

£363,951

Woodhouse College

Refurbishment of existing sand-dressed AGP to form a new 99m x 63m floodlit 3G FTP

Middlesex

£220,554

£370,554

Worsbrough Common FC (sunday)

Fencing (inc boundary and ball retention)

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£6,612

£13,224

Wreake Valley Academy

New Floodlit 3G AGP

Leicester

£350,740

£566,740

Total

£13,920,151

£57,411,573


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“Improving grassroots football facilities is vital to help us get more people involved in the game and nurture our future football stars. This latest £14 million worth of investment, from the Premier League, FA and Government, will benefit community football across the country in locations that need it most.”

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport

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