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 FACTS & FIGURES 20 INVESTMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO DATE NORTH WEST ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCHES NATURAL GRASS PITCHES CHANGING FACILITIES 89 605 135 TOTAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION INVESTMENT £78,719,693 WEST MIDLANDS ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCHES NATURAL GRASS PITCHES CHANGING FACILITIES 58 197 66 TOTAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION INVESTMENT £51,233,842 SOUTH WEST ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCHES NATURAL GRASS PITCHES CHANGING FACILITIES 69 325 142 TOTAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION INVESTMENT £68,891,837 T here is now wide recognition that community facilities are the fundamental building blocks for grassroots sport. They are critical to participation, retention and talent development. The Government’s new sports strategy states that, “for most people the quality of infrastructure and opportunity to take part have a huge effect on the chances of them trying a sport or activity for the first time and then coming back to it regularly.” The FA Chairman’s Commission report of 2014 also pinpointed how critical facilities are – something reiterated by its Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, in an interview with this magazine (page 6). Similarly, in describing the life- changing community work carried out by professional football clubs, Manchester United Foundation CEO, John Shiels, emphasises that “without the sorts of facilities delivered by the Football Foundation, we simply wouldn’t be able to reach those young people who benefit from our sessions” (page 10). The good news is that the future is very promising. All of the key organisations in football and government are working together to help rebuild the country’s local sporting infrastructure with new investment. The new Parklife programme is focused on inner-city facilities, whilst the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will guarantee provision and investment across the rest of the country. The Football Foundation’s unique delivery systems will be playing a pivotal role in ensuring the success of both these schemes. This new impetus will build upon the substantial infrastructure investment that we have delivered on behalf of our Funding Partners to date. Since 2000, we have worked with our colleagues in the County FAs and FA regional staff to invest into £1 billion worth of projects. We will keep you abreast of developments in future editions of ONSIDE. Meanwhile pages 28-29 of this issue introduces the new Impact section of our website which allows you to explore more detailed analysis of our investment.