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80 more grassroots football sites benefit from £17.7m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

80 more grassroots football sites benefit from £17.7m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Date published: 04/02/2015
Gary Neville

80 grassroots football facilities in desperate need of investment are set to benefit from grants worth £5.6m worth from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund’s latest (third) funding window.

The Fund is managed and delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, which has managed to generate a further £12.1m in partnership funding from the £5.6m provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.  This means that a total of £17.7m will be invested in this funding window through the Football Foundation.

This investment will help develop new and upgrade existing community sports facilities with floodlit, all-weather third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs) and modern changing rooms (see Notes to Editors for the full list of grants awarded in this latest funding window.)

This latest investment follows on from two previous tranches of Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund funding in May 2014 and October 2014, when 155 grants totalling £12.8m were awarded to facilities across England, which yielded a further £32.7m in partnership funding. Therefore, 235 grassroots facilities projects have now benefited from a total of £44.8m of investment from the Fund since it opened to applications in January 2014.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular grassroots players and attract new players by providing more high quality facilities, coupled with the best possible age-appropriate coaching. These new facilities are helping 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 trust outreach work.

Minister for Sport, Helen Grant MP, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities fund is a fantastic collaboration between government and the football authorities that is helping to strengthen the national game's grassroots right across the country. Good facilities such as 3G pitches are crucial to encourage and sustain participation as well as help develop the next generation of talent.

“This fund, delivered through the Football Foundation, is also helping to bring communities together through the power of sport and I know it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “The Premier League’s investment in the Football Foundation – over £200m to date – has already delivered 500 3G artificial grass pitches built in towns and cities across the country, as well as 874 changing pavilions, and 3,266 real grass pitches with proper drainage systems. This latest round of grants will continue this important work providing young people with places to play sport.

“These new sites are hubs of their communities, used by schools and local teams, and enable more people to enjoy our national game each week purely for the love of it. Many of the facilities are also used by Premier League and other professional clubs for their excellent community work.”

Greg Dyke, Chairman of The FA, said: “Investment by The FA through the Football Foundation continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country. This latest tranche of funding presents even more opportunities to boost grassroots and deliver a highly efficient investment programme into facilities across the country.”

Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Sport England is committed to helping people develop a lifelong sporting habit. This means ensuring they have a good experience when playing sport by providing good facilities in which to play on.

“By working in partnership with the Premier League, The FA, DCMS, through the Football Foundation, we are ensuring that clubs and communities across the country can offer first-class facilities that provide a good sporting experience to keep players coming back time and time again.” 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation – the charity that delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund – said: “This third round of funding means that a total of 37 new third generation playing surfaces have been developed in the last 12 months since the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund opened to applications.

“The Football Foundation will continue to work with our Funding Partners, and other partners, such as the County FAs, to maximise this investment and to ensure that it is targeted into areas of greatest need and where it will have the biggest impact.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

The 80 projects that have been awarded grants in the third round of funding for the third funding window of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund are listed here.

For more information contact:

·         Niall Malone (FF) on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4275 or niall.malone@footballfoundation.org.uk

·         Alex Eckhout (PL) on 0207 864 9144 or aeckhout@premierleague.com  

·         Anthony Snow (FA) on 0844 980 700 or anthony.snow@TheFA.com    

·         José Riera (DCMS) on 020 7211 6971 or jose.riera@culture.gsi.gov.uk  

·         Amy Wright (SE) on 020 7273 1593 or amy.wright@sportengland.org   

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund was officially launched in October 2013 by Minister for Sport and Equalities, Helen Grant MP, Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, The FA’s General Secretary, Alex Horne, Football Foundation Chief Executive, Paul Thorogood and Charles Johnston, Sport England Director of Property.  The announcement was made at the site of two third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) on the border of Southwark and Lambeth that were refurbished with a Football Foundation.  The new Fund opened for funding applications in January 2014. You can find out more by visiting: www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund.

The Football Foundation

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 13,000 grants worth £513m towards improving grassroots sport. It has used this investment by its funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and the Government/Sport England – to attract additional partnership funding of £728m, meaning more than £1.2bn of investment has been directed into the grassroots game. Click here for a full briefing which details this total investment through the Football Foundation since 2000.

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Former Premier League referee Howard Webb sings shirts at the opening of Mansfield Hosiery Mills Sports and Social Club's new pavilion which was made possible thanks to a grant of £132,315.

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