Support from the Association is irrespective of the size of the project but behind any successful scheme is a Football Development Plan meeting the needs of the organisation, a realistic Business Plan which supports sustainability, compliant Technical Information and partnership funding. The likelihood is that any applicant developing football facilities will seek funding from the Football Foundation to develop their scheme and the three areas mentioned above must be adhered to if the project is to be successful in attracting funding support.
If you believe you may have a scheme which would attract funding we would urge you to undertake three actions:
1) Complete the online FA expression of interest known as FA Facility Enquiry The County Development Manager (CDM) will respond to the enquiry.
2) Do not part with any valuable funds that you may have until you have discussed your project with the CDM
3) Read the criteria in full of any potential funding partner to establish your projects eligibility. There is a range of different funding streams available, but many clubs may find that the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is an appropriate partner.
An initial conversation with the CDM will establish the funding viability of a project, advice on potential funding partners and the next steps. The CDM may indicate that you should progress with further support in which case you will be asked to complete an Expression of Interest form which formally engages you within the funding process. The work we undertake in facility development is designed to meet the requirements of the National Game Facilities Strategy.
If your project is invited to progress through to application you will be invited to attend monthly Facility Workshops with The Football Association, Football Foundation and Middlesex FA who will assist you through the application process providing the necessary support to realise your project.
For a selection of successful Football Foundation projects in Middlesex click here.
TheFootball Development Team is here to assist with any queries you may have regarding the Football Foundation and other funding schemes. We can be contacted on 020 8515 1919.
Many facility development projects are specifically focussed around the creation of new pitches or the enhancement of existing pitches with improvements such as floodlights. The documents below may be useful for clubs and/or site managers looking to improve sites in this way.