Application development process and timelines

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


PlayZones Phase One was open to Local Authority areas that were shortlisted for our Active Through Football programme.

Following Stage 1, areas were selected based upon their readiness to progress through the Phase One timeline. Click here to view our 'Developing a programme-ready consortium' page.

Applicants in the capital were subject to Phase Two of the programme with a number of applications received from areas across London in December 2022. 

Future phase timelines and eligibility criteria will be released once demand from the first two phases is understood. If you'd like to learn more about future phase opportunities, please email us to register your interest and we'll be in touch with further details once available.

programme timeline
programme timeline

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