Local football facilities are set to benefit from £102m of investment over the next three years after the Premier League, The FA, and the government (via Sport England) committed to financing a new fund that will provide grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will be delivered by the Football Foundation on behalf of the funding partners, and will provide financial support toward the development of new or refurbished community sports facilities. It will begin to provide this investment from mid-January 2014.
Many of the new state-of-the-art 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.
Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities, said:
This partnership between the Premier League, the FA, Sport England and Government shows what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together to help strengthen our national game at the grassroots.
Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, added:
Having been a Trustee of the Football Foundation since the very start, I have seen first-hand how these new sports facilities can help to regenerate communities and increase participation amongst those who play our national game. By committing £36m over the three years to developing more and better public sports sites, we hope to continue that regeneration.
Alex Horne, The FA’s General Secretary, said:
The funding that The FA has invested through the Football Foundation has dramatically improved local football facilities up and down the country and is a key part of The FA’s four-year National Game Strategy, a £200 million investment into the grassroots game.
Pictured: Sports Minister Hugh Robertson opening a typical Football Foundation project in Wyberton, Lincolnshire, UK.