The FA launched their National Facilities Strategy in 2013 to outline their plans on building, protecting and enhancing sustainable football facilities to support our national game. In partnership with The FA, the Premier League and the Government (through Sport England) the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund will be investing £102million Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund will be investing £102million over the next three years into a new fund managed by the Football Foundation.
Those clubs who play in the National League System (Steps 1-7 of the Football Pyramid) can apply for funding through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for grant aid towards improving their facilities based on the outlined eligibility criteria.
If your club, school or organisation are considering applying for funding then you are recommended to complete the following online Expression of Interest Form. This will provide you and the County FA the opportunity assess the suitability and needs of your project prior to starting any application process.
To improve the service to our clubs and partner organisations, The FA has produced a series of guidance documents to assist with technical guidance and/or facilities planning as below:
- The FA Guide to Pitch and goalpost dimensions – which outlines the recommend pitch and goalpost sizes for all age groups and formats of football, including information on line marking.
- 3G Football Turf Guidance – information for players, referees, clubs, leagues and ground staff. In addition there is a 3G Pitch Register to allow clubs and leagues to view which pitches have FIFA and FA Approval for use.
- The FA Guide to 3G football turf pitch design, principles and layouts – for organisations seeking to develop new 3G FTPs, this provides the quality standards required to receive FA support and several useful recommendations.
- The FA Guide to Floodlighting – guidance to clubs on the successful installation of artificial lighting for football and key considerations to be made. The FA has also established a partnership with Shared Access to provide significant investment into the game.
- The FA Guide to Asset Transfer – this guide is aimed at clubs and leagues which are either considering or in the process of negotiating a change in the way they manage and secure the facilities which they use.
- FA Club Structures Guide – guidance to different club structures available to football clubs and prospective benefits of each; including security of asset, decrease rates, increased revenue generation and more.
In addition to FA and Football Foundation managed schemes, the County FA can support your organisation with many other facility and funding areas including working with; Sport England, Local Authorities, County Sport Partnership, Landfill Tax Credits, other funding agencies and more.