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FA pledges 150 million pounds to grass roots


The FA, in association with the Premier League, Sport England and the Football Foundation, have launched a National Facilities Strategy.

The plan will see 3,000 pitches across England receive significant improvement, as well as new artificial and all weather facilities being built. 

Paul Thorogood, the Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said "With 84% of people citing 'poor facilities' as their most pressing issue, the grassroots game has made it abundantly clear where it thinks the priority for investment should be."

"The FA deserves real credit for engaging with clubs in the detailed way that it has and for setting out a clear plan to tackle the this issue."

The statistics were gathered by FA research into grass roots, hence the reason for facilities begin improve, not only the pitches, but changing rooms and toilets as well.

Roger Burden, the Chairman of the FA National Game Board had this to say "Football has enjoyed a remarkable period of investment since the formation of the Football Foundation in 2000 with over £780m invested into facilities across the country."

"Thousands of clubs and teams have benefited from this investment. However, it is clear that there is still a huge amount of work to be done."

"Many of our top professional footballers started their careers playing on park pitches for local clubs within local leagues."

"Whether used by a young person taking those first steps in football or as a veteran player or as a coach, facilities have a lasting and continuing influence on our experience of the game."

"For this very reason, investment in facilities will continue to be a key priority for The Football Association."

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