Football foundation welcomes £205m of new funding to grassroots facilities

A further £205m of government funding will be made available to invest in community sports facilities across England in the next three years.

The investment, which was announced by the Chancellor during Wednesday’s Comprehensive Spending Review, will be used by the Football Foundation to target communities across the country who will benefit most from access to better sports facilities.

This new funding will provide welcome support to the grassroots football community as the nation begins to build back from Covid-19.

Many of these improved grassroots facilities, whilst rooted in football, will host a range of other community sports, including rugby and cricket.

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity. Since it was formed 21 years ago, it has unlocked £1.8 billion of investments in grassroots football.

Football Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sullivan, said: “This investment is welcome news for all those involved in grassroots football across the country. We know that playing on good quality facilities helps people get fitter, improves mental wellbeing, grows confidence and builds stronger relationships. This is all essential for individuals and communities as we emerge out of the Covid-19 crisis.

“With the government, Premier League and The FA’s investment, we have made plenty of progress in the last two decades, but there is still lots of work to do to ensure all communities across England get the standard of local sports facilities they need and deserve. This new funding will unlock the power of even more pitches to help transform people’s lives.”

 

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