Date published: 02/02/2016
The Football Foundation, The Football Association, Rugby Football Union (RFU), England Hockey and Sport England have been nominated for a ‘Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award’ at the National Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17. The Awards will be held on Tuesday 8 March at Procurex North Live 2016 in Manchester.
The Football Foundation worked with The Football Association, Rugby Football Union (RFU), England Hockey and Sport England to establish a means of ensuring that the procurement and installation of the country’s artificial grass pitches (AGPs) are of a consistent quality and price.
An initial framework agreement was introduced in 2010 to address concerns over the quality of AGPs and the inconsistent through-life support offered by the industry at the time. The second iteration of the framework agreement commenced in October 2014 and will remain valid until October 2018.
Robinson Low Francis LLP was appointed as the Framework Managing Consultant working in partnership with Labosport Ltd and Surfacing Standards Ltd. who provide technical design, inspection and accredited testing services.
Six suppliers and installers undertake all of the work, these are: Fieldturf Tarkett SAS; Lano Sports NV; Limonta Smith JV Ltd.; Support in Sport (UK) Ltd.; TigerTurf (UK) Ltd and Thornton Sports Ltd.
The Football Foundation was founded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government in 2000 to improve grassroots facilities, with aim of improving the quality of the experience of playing grassroots football. Since then the Foundation has awarded direct grants worth £546m and has secured an additional £779m in partnership funding. This means more than £1.3bn has been invested into the grassroots game.
Now in their 16th year, the National GO Awards are the benchmark by which progress in this multibillion-pound sector is measured.
Dave McDermott, Chief Operating Officer at the Football Foundation, speaking on behalf of the Framework Partners, said: “We are delighted to receive this nomination; the framework agreement ensures standards remain high in grassroots sports facilities so it is excellent news that we are being recognised for working with The FA, RFU, England Hockey and Sport England to introduce this.
“This framework is proving to be a huge success in ensuring both a high quality of AGP is delivered and looked after throughout its life, and these high standards are now recognised by the wider industry.”
“Finally, I would like to thank Cameron Consulting Ltd and Withers LLP for their professional support during the procurement process”.
Grahame Steed, Managing Editor of Government Opportunities and lead judge for the GO Awards, said: “We moved this year’s ceremony to the Hilton Manchester, Deansgate to accommodate the huge and growing interest in the National GO Awards. As you can see from this year’s finalists, this move has been justified with entries from many of the most high-profile organisations in the UK.
‘‘The UK sets the standard for procurement excellence around the world, so it’s great to see so many organisations’ procurement teams willing to test themselves against the UK’s best. The UK’s Day of Procurement on Tuesday 8 March is going to be hotly contested!”
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Notes to Editors
Since 2000 the Foundation has funded:
- 2,278 facility projects
- 564 artificial grass pitches
- 2,783 grass pitches
- 927 changing facilities
- 93 multi-use games areas (MUGAs).