Date published: 16/12/2015
Premier League, The FA and Government invest in new Fund which will be managed by Football Foundation
The Football Foundation has announced the establishment of an Emergency Football Relief Fund in response to the recent storms affecting the North of England.
Many grassroots football clubs have seen their pitches, changing rooms and stands damaged by strong winds and heavy rain fall, causing matches and training sessions to be postponed and many facilities are now unsafe for use. The Emergency Football Relief Fund will help to make these facilities safe and fit for purpose again after the devastating impact of ‘Storm Desmond’.
Up to £750,000 has been made available to rebuild and repair grassroots football pitches and facilities that have suffered storm damage and flooding, to enable football to continue across the affected regions as quickly as possible.
The funding is available for grassroots football, and clubs across all levels of The FA National League System (Step 1 to Step 7) that require assistance to make facilities safe and fit for purpose following damage by the recent storms, to allow football to continue in the following County FA regions:
- Cumberland FA
- Durham FA
- Lancashire FA
- Northumberland FA
- Westmorland FA
- West Riding FA.
Organisations should contact their County FA for more information about how to access this emergency relief funding. The following link contains contact information for all County FAs: http://www.thefa.com/countyfa.
The Football Foundation is managing the delivery of the Emergency Football Relief Fund. £500,000 has been invested by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government/Sport England). A further £250,000 is coming from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (funded by the Premier League.)
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Football Foundation has established the Emergency Football Relief Fund to provide the initial investment needed to help grassroots football to begin to recover from the devastating effects of Storm Desmond and start the process of returning to normality. This funding comes directly from the top of the game – the Premier League and The FA – and the Government through Sport England, to help grassroots clubs make their facilities safe and fit for purpose again, so that grassroots football can recommence in the area.
“Clubs affected should contact their County FAs who can offer further information about the funding available.”
For more information contact:
· Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
About the Football Foundation
The Football Foundation was launched in 2000 by the Premier League, The FA and the Government to improve grassroots facilities for the benefit of those who play football, and other sports, purely for the love of it.
By effectively targeting this investment into improving the country’s infrastructure, the Foundation increases participation by enabling more people of all ages and abilities to enjoy regular sport and all the benefits that brings.
Visit the Foundation’s website for more information: www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
Since 2000 the Foundation has supported:
· 2,219 facility projects with grants worth £423,317,441
· 561 artificial grass pitches
· 2,769 grass pitches
· 917 changing facilities
· 88 multi-use games areas (MUGAs)
Impact of facilities funding from our latest Monitoring & Evaluation Report:
· Football participation increased by an average of 7% at Foundation funded sites last season.
· Overall sports participation increased by 8% at those same sites.
· 23,586 volunteers gained qualifications at Foundation sites (e.g. FA Level 1/2, etc.
Please note: Sport England is making funding available to clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations in Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumberland to help pay for emergency repairs. Visit their flood relief page to find out how to apply: http://sportengland.org/funding/our-different-funds/flood-relief-fund/