In February 2016, the FA and Liverpool worked together to achieve a deal to secure the long term future of football in Liverpool.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson negotiated a £17million investment from the FA after noticing a decline in football participation in the city. His plan? To create more football pitches which in turn might produce the next Steven Gerrard!
While producing a word class footballer would be an incredible result for the city, Mayor Anderson’s main aim was to increase football participation at a grassroots level, without players income, location or ability being an issue.
The plan is to create four new football pitches across the city, and to spend the remainder of the money making adjustments and creating new facilities in schools and community areas. (Click on the link to see if a new facility is near you.)
Mayor Anderson made the decision to create football pitches constructed from both grass and artificial grass which is a sensible choice, as the pitches can be played on regardless of the weather, plus they are long lasting! These types of pitches need little maintenance, and will remain looking lush and green for years to come.
While thousands of people in Liverpool play football, this new funding will allow them to play the sport more often, and help to increase the number of potential stars to shine through.
A recent documentary on Wayne Rooney showed the Manchester United star playing football with his friends every day, even to the point where he would drive home from a premiership league game to play with the locals!
Due to the planning and forward thinking from the Mayor and FA, more children in Liverpool will have the opportunity to enjoy the number one sport in the UK.
If the move has inspired you to create a playing field for your school, business or community, contact Nomow and create something brilliant.