The Football Association recently announced plans to invest a record £260m over the next 4 years into grassroots football.
The FA has increased its funding for 2015-2019 by £60m compared to the funding allocated for the previous four-year period.
The association hopes that the boost will improve coaching and facilities in the amateur game whilst encouraging more people to take part.
One of the main recommendations outlined in FA Chairman Greg Dyke’s ‘Chairman’s Commission’ is the drive for a 50% increase in the total number of full-sized, accessible, 3G artificial grass pitches throughout England.
Other ambitions include the construction of more football hubs in 30 UK cities.
FA spokesman Tony Snow said: “This is the FA listening to people,”
“There are around 11 million people in this country who kick a ball around from playing in the local park to playing Sunday League matches,” added Snow, who is the FA’s Communications Manager on grassroots and coaching.
“There are 27,000 referees and hundreds of thousands of volunteers from people who wash the bibs to driving players to away matches.
“We want them all to take part in the survey which will lead us having an understanding of the changing needs of the football fraternity.”
Chief executive Martin Glenn said: “Our goals are ambitious, but achievable.”
“There are challenges facing grassroots football both in terms of facilities and coaching”
It’s hoped that the FA’s funding boost will help to enhance pitches across the UK, transforming bare, muddy patchy into durable, hard wearing artificial surfaces with proper drainage systems.
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