EY Report

League investment supporting football pyramid

8 Feb 2022
Shrewsbury Town

How PL funding has improved facilities at the likes of Shrewsbury, Dagenham & Redbridge and Scarborough Athletic

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As well as funding community programmes run by clubs in the EFL and in non-league, the EY report notes that the Premier League also plays an important role providing investment in new pitches and facilities across England that has an impact at all levels of the football pyramid as well as at grassroots level.

Through the Football Foundation since 2000, the Premier League has contributed £384million towards public football facilities at grassroots levels as well.

Investment in grassroots football

This, along with other partner contributions from The FA and the Government (via Sport England), "has leveraged an additional £1billion in partnership funding, totalling over £1.8bn investment in grassroots football so far," the report finds.

This has funded 996 artificial turf pitches, 9,459 grass pitches and 1,252 changing pavilions.

One such example is Shrewsbury Town, whose nomadic status after their old stadium had flooded was ended with a new stadium in the heart of the town that was built with money from the Football Foundation.

This will not only boost the League One club, but the whole town will benefit as they can now use the artificial pitch for a variety of programmes as well as hosting grassroots, disability and women’s teams.

These funds are in addition to the £3.76m in funding it will receive from the Premier League between 2019-22.

EFL funding Shrewsbury

The Premier League is the sole funder of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which provides support to stadium improvement projects from the EFL to lower levels of the FA National League System, along with women’s pyramid clubs.

"This funding has included the installation of new stands, floodlights, turnstiles, provision for disabled supporters and safety improvements," the report says. "Since 2000, the FSIF has provided over 5,000 grants to clubs across 109 leagues."

One club that the report shows has been helped by Premier League funding is Dagenham & Redbridge (pictured below) of the National League, where between 2019-22 it received more than £770,000 from the Premier League in solidarity and FSIF funding.

Dagenham and Redbridge

This has let them install a state-of-the-art pitch to go with the stand that was built with FSIF money in 2009.

Non-league Scarborough Athletic were able to move out of a ground-sharing scheme and return to its hometown in 2017 and a new stadium thanks to Premier League money via the FSIF.

"This is a great example of how the Premier League finances have underpinned what we are trying to do," said Trevor Bull, Scarborough Athletic FC chairman. "They've helped us get back to the town and contributed towards the stadium."

Also in this series

Part 1: Download the EY Report (PDF; Size: 7.8MB)
Part 2: Economic benefits of Premier League confirmed by report
Part 3: 'League's role important at local and global levels'
Part 4: Sunak: League's contribution to economy is fantastic
Part 5: Investing in communities and the wider game
Part 7: Providing a helping hand during the pandemic
Part 8: Premier League success being felt across the UK
Part 9: Burnham: League has massive benefits for North West
Part 10: How West Ham contribute to local economy
Part 11: 'Significant investment' boosting homegrown stars
Part 12: Producing the next generation of coaching talent
Part 13: League's global support boosting UK appeal
Part 14: Egypt symbolises growth of Premier League

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