Funding for new football facilities or improving current facilities is available from the Football Foundation through a variety of different schemes.
Football Stadia Improvement Fund - The FSIF provides money for clubs in the Football League and the National League System down to step 7 and below who want to improve their facilities. Click here for more information.
Grassroots Facility Funding for Community projects
Under £50,000 Build the Game Scheme - Funding for smaller facilities projects, with flexible criteria for projects to support the growth and retention of grassroots football. It can include replacement goals, new boilers, pitch drainage etc or support towards a larger development scheme. Funding is available at a maximum of 50%. Priorities for Surrey will be projects that help support the growth and retention of Adult 11v11 teams
Over £50,000 up to £500,000 - The needs of the projects should be driven by your football development plan, which will indicate how your organisation will develop over 5 years following investment into your facilities, it should include the following areas:
1. Growth & Retention
2. Raising Standards
3. Better Players
4. Running the Game
5. Workforce Development
6. Facility Development
8. Community & Education
The Football Development Plan toolkit (FDP Toolkit) found below should be used to develop your plan and includes guidance notes and a completed example.
The Football Foundation normally funds projects around the 50% level so you need to consider partnership funding, and the football foundation will look more favourably on projects that try to secure more funding by applying to other sources – even if not successful (Keep any rejection letters to show you have applied).
More details on the football foundation can be found on their website
Application Process - The first stage of an application is to contact Caroline McRoyall at the Surrey County FA to give us more information about your project and the football development outcomes. Your project will then be discussed with the Surrey CFA Football Development Team and the FA Regional Facilities Manager to determine if your project is a priority for the Surrey CFA
Success Stories - Read about Claygate Royals, Kew Park Rangers, Copthorne, West Byfleet FC and Woodmansterne Hyde FC's recent success stories related to facility development by clicking on the links.
Other Facility Funding - For other funding towards facilities see below or contact Caroline McRoyall for up to date advice:
County Development Manager
Surrey Football Association
07917 392 823
Pitch & Goalpost dimensions - The FA have produced a Guide to Pitch and goalpost dimensions, which explains the various sizes of goalposts recommended and pitch markings for the following forms of the game:
- Mini Soccer 5v5 and 7v7
- 9v9 Football
- Youth Football
- Adult Football
- Football pyramid Steps 1 - 7 (Football Conference down the pyramid)
Use of 3G artificial Pitches for FA Competitions - The FA have produced a guidance document that aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions along with some facts around the use of these pitches in FA competitions. The most recent change to the use of these pitches has been the FA Cup Committees decision to allow use of these pitches (providing they are on the FA register) up to and including the fourth qualifying round for this seasons FA Cup competition.
Expo Line-Marking - Expo Line-Marking are a specialist manufacturer of high quality line marking paint for the use on grass playing surfaces. They have customers throughout Europe and include community clubs through to professional organisations.
For further sources on funding, visit our Funding Opportunities page.
- 3G Football Turf Guidance MASTER
- FF Data Sheets AGP
- FF Data Sheets Ancillary Works
- FF Data Sheets Changing Accommodation
- FF Data Sheets Natural Grass Pitches
- Football Development Plan Toolkit
- Pitch and Goalpost MASTER
- Expo Line Marking q and a
- Expo Line Marking Price List 2013
- Funding Sources January 2013
- National Facilities Strategy 2013-2015