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Football Foundation expands Emergency Football Relief Fund to include Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and North Riding regions

Football Foundation expands Emergency Football Relief Fund to include Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and North Riding regions

Date published: 31/12/2015

The Football Foundation has expanded its Emergency Football Relief Fund in response to the recent storms affecting the North of England.

The Fund will now include the regions covered by the Manchester County FA, Liverpool County FA, Cheshire County FA and the North Riding County FA.

Up to £750,000 has been made available through the Emergency Fund 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. The Fund is focussed upon, but not limited to, the following County FA regions:

  • Cheshire FA
  • Cumberland FA
  • Durham FA
  • Lancashire FA
  • Liverpool FA
  • Manchester FA
  • North Riding 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.)


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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/