Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40onsıde| ISSUE 38 TECHNOLOGY 18 Several updates to the software, made in conjunction with The FA, have taken place over the last six years with one such improvement being that the details to hire the facility are now given, as is a breakdown of how to get to any facility from any other point on foot, in a car or by public transport. It arms the Foundation with a visibility of where all the natural grass pitches, 3G AGPs and changing rooms up and down the country are located, combined with the ability to overlay critical information and criteria, such as population density, Indexes of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and Local Authority boundaries. For example, in the part of the software designed for Foundation staff, a clever drawing tool allows for an area without a football facility of any kind to be isolated and, within seconds, information on hectare size is available. This means that in the early stages of planning, an accurate assessment can be made quickly over exactly how viable a facility in that particular area actually is. This provides the Foundation with unique strategic intelligence and oversight, helping us to identify the parts of the country that have the greatest strategic need for facility provision and where the greatest impact, including the largest increases in sports participation, can be achieved. It is in part thanks to this that the Foundation achieved an average increase in football participation of 7% at facilities in which it invested A GAME CHANGER FOR INVESTMENT IN GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL FACILITIES hen the new generation of Pitchfinder was born in 2010, adapted from the seminal 2003 ‘Register of English Football Facilities’, it quickly became a popular tool for the country’s grassroots football population. Prior to this no organisation had any idea of where all England’s grassroots pitches actually were, never mind the condition they were in. Since then it has been continually refined to become both an invaluable search engine for members of the public and a powerful resource to help inform the Foundation’s grassroots investment. Pitchfinder provides football-loving local people with all of the key information they need to make a decision on where to play football. “Is the pitch a natural grass one? Where is my nearest full-size third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP)? Are there changing rooms on- site?” This information is available at the touch of a button and it is all editable too, so users help maintain its content and ensure that it remains current. So, there is the Pitchfinder that the public use to find pitches to play football and then there is the Pitchfinder which the public does not see. This is the Pitchfinder that the Foundation uses to plan where is best to build the next facility today, in a year’s time and in five years’ time. Built and managed by the Football Foundation, Pitchfinder is a database of over 19,000 football sites. It provides details of what is available at each of those sites – for example, types of pitches and whether or not they are supported by floodlights and changing rooms.