Application development process and timelines - London phase

The Football Foundation team is on hand to offer support at each stage of the PlayZone Programme application process and detailed expectations for each stage will be provided throughout.

Kids playing football at a small-sided facility
Kids playing football at a small-sided facility

PlayZones will be used for recreational football as well as other sports and activities

Key project development stages

Key stages

Each stage will be reviewed and signed off by the Foundation team and final funding decisions will be made by the Foundation Grants Panel at the end of Stage 4.

Programme timelines


For this phase of the PlayZone Programme, consortia across all London Boroughs are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

EOIs must be submitted by Friday 25 November 2022. When submitting an EOI, consortia should select a preferred entry point from the below. The date shown is the time at which Foundation Officers would support the consortia to proceed with Stage 2 of the Project Development Phase.


Entry Point A: January 2023

Entry Point B: July 2023

Entry Point C: January 2024


The indicative timeline below is for areas joining the programme at Entry Point A:




Stage 2 – Narrow the Focus

January - March 2022

Football Foundation approval

March - April 2023

Stage 3 - Community Engagement & Site Identification

April - July 2023

Football Foundation approval

July - August 2023

Stage 4 - Full Application submission

August - December 2023

Football Foundation assessment & decision

December 2023 onwards




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