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Monday 09 June 2014

Grassroots to receive £5.8m cash boost from Facilities Fund

  • 67 grassroots facilities are to receive a cash injection of £5,770,118 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Grassroots football facilities across the country are set to benefit from a £5,770,118 cash injection, thanks to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
 
This new funding, which will benefit 67 facilities, constitutes the first ever investment from the new Fund. The investment will help develop new sports facilities, such as floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs) and modern changing rooms, right across the country.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players, as well as attracting new players to the game. 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.

"The Premier League's commitment to and investment in grass roots facilities is unprecedented and unparalleled‎," said Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League. "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.

"They will also enable professional clubs at all levels to engage with their communities, becoming hubs to deliver outreach work that improves the lives of local people, and promotes health, education and social cohesion.

"The Premier League's commitment to and investment in grass roots facilities is unprecedented and unparalleled"
Richard Scudamore

"Our continued investment in the grass roots of the game will see hundreds of millions of pounds more flow into the game at this critical level in the coming years benefiting hundreds of thousands people as well as laying the foundations for the future development of English football."
 
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PLFAFF) is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.
 
"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," said Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities. "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."

The PLFAFF was launched in October last year at 3G pitches, funded by the Football Foundation, used by the London Nautical School. The new Fund opened for applications in January of this year. 
 
"The Premier League & FA Facilities Fund is crucial to our aim of improving facilities up and down the country," said Alex Horne, General Secretary of The FA. "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. Renewing pitches and expanding our 3G pitch network is an important ambition for The FA."

Phil Smith, Sport England Director of Sport, said: "I'm really pleased so many great grassroots projects are benefitting from the new fund. We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities to play on.
 
"By ensuring these are available in local communities across the country we’re not only improving the sporting experience of existing players, we’re also helping attract new ones."
 
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation - the charity that delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund - added: "The Football Foundation has ensured that this new investment is being targeted into projects where it will have the most impact.
 
"The facilities that will be developed in this first funding window of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will elicit significant increases in participation in football and a wide of range of other sports.  They will also help to regenerate communities and encourage links with the professional game, where appropriate."

To find out more about The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, click here >>

Projects awarded grants in the first round of funding for the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund
 

Organisation

Project

Grant value

Alfold FC, Surrey

New changing rooms

£67,000

Astley & Tyldesley JFC, Lancs

Improvement of grass pitches

£90,870

Barkway Parish Council, Herts

New changing rooms and grass pitch works

£59,779

Bath And North East Somerset Council

New changing rooms

£450,000

Bedworth United FC, Birmingham

New AGP

£357,680

Birstall United Juniors FC, Leicester

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Brookfield Community School, Derbyshire

Improvement of grass pitches

£50,000

Bugbrook St Michaels, Northants

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Cavendish Fields Sports Association, Derbyshire

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£19,950

Chadderton Park FC, Manchester

Improvement of grass pitches

£52,560

Chadlington FC, Oxfordshire

Floodlights and storage container

£8,000

Charles Darwin School, Kent

AGP refurbishment

£159,780

Chipping Parish Council, Lancs

Replacement of goalposts

£2,574

Coates Athletic FC, Cambs,

New changing rooms

£50,000

Costello FC, East Riding

New changing rooms

£87,793

Cranborne FC, Dorset

Portable floodlights

£2,311

Darrick Wood School, London

Refurbishment of AGP

£190,824

Deighton Into Sport Project, West Riding

Replacement goalposts

£650

Dorset Property, Dorset County Council

New AGP

£350,000

Earls Barton United FC, Northants

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Feniton Playing Fields, Devon

Maintenance equipment and tractor

£4,788

Gosforth Bohemians FC, Northumberland

Improvement of grass pitches /new fencing

£67,317

Hambleton District Council, North Riding

Refurbishment of AGP

£50,427

Harborough Town FC, Leicester

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Holt Filey FC, East Riding

Replacement of goalposts

£507

Holt Playing Field Association, Norfolk

New changing rooms

£99,983

Horsforth St. Margarets JFC, West Riding

New pavilion

£300,000

Ibstock United Juniors FC, Leicester

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Islip Parish Council, Northants

New pavilion

£196,000

Kibworth High School, Leicester

New AGP

£346,646

Kirkby Lonsdale FC, Westmorland

New pitch maintenance equipment

£12,300

KLASSIC, Lincs

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,954

Langho FC Sports And Country Club, Lancs

Improvement of grass pitches

£54,443

Langho FC Sports And Country Club, Lancs

Improvement of grass pitches

£62,016

Lincoln City FC

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£8,013

Lincoln United FC

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£5,544

London Borough Of Ealing

Improvement of grass pitches

£99,999

Loughborough Students' Futsal Club

New goalposts

£270

Mansfield Hosiery Mills Sports

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Midtown United FC, Lincs

Replacement goalposts

£500

Moorends Hornets & Stingers JFC, West Riding

New pitch maintenance equipment

£5,469

New Fordley Juniors FC, Northumberland

New changing rooms

£74,558

North Tyneside Council

New AGP and floodlights

£99,000

Northampton Academy

Replacement goalposts

£1,230

Northumberland County Council

New changing rooms and improvement of grass pitches

£97,974

Old Catton Parish Council, Norfolk

New fencing

£15,117

Old Woodhouseians FC & CPFT, AFA

Improvement of pitch drainage

£31,338

Oxford City Council

New changing rooms /improvement of grass pitches

£99,508

Peterborough Northern Star

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Ponteland Community Middle School, Northumberland

New AGP

£230,782

Priory Parkside FC, Huntingdonshire

Internal alterations to pavilion

£2,892

Reeth & District Athletic FC, North Riding

Replacement of goalposts

£1,755

Retford Utd Juniors FC, Notts

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Saffron Dynamo FC, Leicester

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

South Bromsgrove High, Worcs

New AGP and changing rooms

£500,000

South Normanton Athletic FC, Derbyshire

New pitch maintenance equipment

£7,200

South Normanton Athletic FC, Derbyshire

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£19,950

St Johns School And Sixth Form College, Durham

New AGP

£216,000

The Piggott School, Berks/Bucks

New AGP

£296,712

Thornham Village Hall & Playing Field Lt, Norfolk

Replacement goalposts/new line marker

£1,340

Underwood Villa FC, Notts

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Unsworth JFC, Lancs

Replacement of goalposts

£3,000

VT Sports, Hants

New changing rooms

£150,000

Waveney District Council, Suffolk

Refurbishment of changing rooms

£198,252

Wheathampstead Parish Council, Herts

New AGP

£94,101

Woodford United FC, Northants

FA Pitch Improvement Fund

£17,955

Writtle Minors FC, Essex

New AGP

£99,945



Key Points

  • Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to award 67 grants to grassroots facilities
  • The cash injection, which totals £5,770,118, will benefit organisations up and down the country
  • Many of the facilities will boost the game in some of the most deprived areas of the country

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