02 CHAIRMAN CHAIRMAN’S INTRODUCTION Welcome to Football Foundation Focus – a review of the Foundation’s activity and impact in the grassroots game. The Foundation receives funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) in three-year cycles through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF). In the last funding cycle (2013-16) we awarded 705 grants worth £87m into some of the most deprived areas of the country, and leveraged an additional £167m of partnership funding in the process. This enabled us to develop 133 artificial grass pitches, 337 natural grass pitches and 144 new changing rooms. The difference our investment has made in terms of participation is colossal. 294,000 football players will use newly-upgraded facilities each week. A further 250,000 participants will be playing other sports at those same sites – 44% of them female. We have also increased participation in football amongst the hardest to reach groups through the Grow the Game scheme, which you can read about on page 11. Additionally, we have helped to improve the environment in which grassroots football is played by awarding grants through the Respect programme, which you can read about on page 10. Our through-life approach to funding means that these facilities are sustainable throughout their life-span, meaning local people have access to high quality facilities for decades to come. What brings all this to life for me are the personal stories of those whose lives have changed for the better as a result of this investment. On page 16 you can read about how Adie overcame serious depression thanks to a programme the Middlesbrough FC Foundation delivers from an all-weather third generation artificial pitch we funded. Whilst on page 20, we look at how Louis has turned his life around and is now giving something back as a community coach and mentor with the Liverpool FC Foundation, again at a facility we developed. A community can be transformed by replacing a decaying old sports site with a brand new, modern facility. We know that increasing the quality and capacity of a facility encourages more people to improve their physical and mental health through regular sport. We know these venues, often with the help of local professional clubs, offer employment and education routes for young people and social opportunities for older people. It is for these reasons that we do everything we can to distribute the precious funding provided by our Funding Partners as far as possible, and to ensure that the facilities we fund remain sustainable. Thank you for your continued support to the work of the Foundation and to the grassroots of the game generally. Gary Hoffman Chairman