The Foundation offers a ‘through-life’ approach to all projects it has funded, which means that we continue to help and support a project long after our grant has been awarded. We believe that this offer of continued support sets us out from other grant funders and helps ensure that a project achieves the best possible outcomes. The key way that the Foundation offers support to a project is through a system of Support Day meetings and Support Day Health Check phone calls.
Every organisation that has been awarded a facilities grant of over £20,000 is required to attend an annual Support Day meeting once the funded site is open and in-use. The Support Day involves meeting face-to-face with the County FA and a Foundation representative to provide an update on the project and review the Football Development Plan. Applicants also have the opportunity to talk through the success and achievements of the project as well as to discuss any future developments or further support required. Alternatively, if a project is known to be progressing well and has been successful in delivering against their development targets, they will received a light-touch Support Day Health Check phone call to ensure we have a record of their progress.
Any issues can then be identified and actions are agreed by all parties to help rectify these. This process not only ensures that underperforming facilities are given the necessary support to get them back on-track, but also pinpoints how successful projects can perform even better.