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1. Pre-application advice

1. Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

We strongly recommend that you use the pre-application advice offered on our behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England.

This will normally involve completing the FA’s Football Facilities Enquiry Form (FEF) first, which will help The FA to learn more about your project and determine the best way to support you and your organisation. The FEF can be accessed at:

www.footballfacilityenquiry.co.uk

Please read the technical guidance sheets before applying for a Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant. It is essential that grant applications to the Foundation comply with these data sheets.

Contacts for your project

Find the contacts for your county who will help you with your project:

  • Select the County FA your organisation is based in (Note that Birmingham FA includes Warwickshire and Gloucestershire FA includes Bristol.)
  • Press the Search button.

 

This will produce a list of the Grant Officer and County FA Development Manager for your project. Please see below for details on who you should contact and for what purpose. Click on the displayed link to visit the county contacts page which displays email addresses and telephone numbers for all contacts.

Who to contact

Football Foundation Grant Officer

If you would like to discuss anything relating to your project with the Foundation, please contact the appropriate Grant Officer.

County FA Development Manager

Please contact your County FA Development Manager to discuss your project. These Managers are based in the County FA offices around England and work with The FA Football Development Team.

General facilities enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact us.

Further Information on the use of Rubber Crumb in 3G artificial grass pitches

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Position Statement

"Third generation or 3G artificial grass pitches are recognised as durable, safe, year-round playing surfaces, able to withstand intensive use and all kinds of weather. They mean more people can benefit from all the associated social and health benefits of physical activity. 

"Concerns have however been raised about the safety associated with these pitches and their constituent parts, most commonly the presence of rubber crumb. We take these concerns very seriously. 

"We have monitored numerous independent scientific studies on this issue, which have reported a very low/negligible level of concern for human health as a result of 3G pitches and rubber crumb. 

"Indeed, the European Chemicals Agency has recently published its own findings, following an extensive EU-wide study, and has found no reason to advise people against playing sport on 3G pitches with rubber crumb. 

"The Sports and Play Construction Association, the UK trade body for the sports pitch industry, is developing a voluntary industry standard that will provide minimum requirements that go above and beyond what is currently required for rubber crumb under European regulation. The Football Foundation, Sport England and leading sport governing bodies all support this approach and will continue to work with the industry to provide reassurance that pitches in this country are safe."

In addition, FIFA has also confirmed their position on this matter and state that: "It will never be possible to exclude risk completely or prove this negative, the newer studies have confirmed the previous findings that there is no evidence of a link between contracting cancer and playing on artificial turf with SBR infill.

"A large number of studies have further confirmed that the effects of SBR rubber are as negligible as the effect of ingesting grilled foods or exposure to tyre wear on roads in everyday life."

We have worked together with other key stakeholders to produce a series of Frequently Asked Questions on the use of rubber crumb in 3G pitches. These FAQs are provided for general information only. The FAQs are based on information, research and material that is currently in the public domain and will be continually kept under review and updated as necessary. However, the FAQs are not intended to be comprehensive guidance or to replace the need for specialist technical advisors on specific sites/projects or concerns.

Further Information on the use of Rubber Crumb in 3G artificial grass pitches

To help people understand more about the use of rubber crumb in 3G artificial grass pitches a series of Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared by the above stakeholders.

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