Facilities and Funding

Are you looking to update, renovate or build a facility for your football club or team? This section of the website is to guide you in the right direction.

The county development manager has a key role to support any facilities project by guiding you through the funding that is available and most appropriate through the various funding available from the Football Foundatation, Sport England and local authorities.

Suffolk FA recognises the importance of high-quality facilities within the county. Working in partnership with the local authorities within the county to understand the demand for facilities protecting playing fields and working together to address any issues with the loss of facilities.

Funding for facilities is constantly changing, but Suffolk FA aims to keep you up to date with the main funding bodies that can support the development of any facility project.

There are two main funding bodies being the Football Foundation and Sport England, details of which are below:

Football Foundation

THE FA, through its investment into The Football Foundation provides support to projects that will make a difference to a football club and the community it serves.

If you are looking to improve your Football Facilities which could involve refurbishing and improving changing rooms, natural grass pitch improvements and 3G Football Turf Pitch development then please contact Suffolk FA on 01449 616606.

He will be able advise and guide you as to the best way forward and likelihood of success before you spend time completing the FA Expression of Interest Form (FA EOI) via the link below.

Click here to view the Suffolk County FA Expression of Interest Form

Even if you have previously completed an EOI Form please submit this form to provide us with the most relevant and up-to-date information. All EOI's will be scored based upon the strength of the application.

Scoring comprises of a number of elements including FA Charter Standard, number of existing teams based on site, financial sustainability and proposed project requirements. Please ensure your project aims are realistic.

The demand is exceptionally high and will exceed the financial resources that are available. However, Suffolk County FA, The FA and The Football Foundation will continue to offer advice and support in relation to facility projects where it is considered to be of benefit to football and in addition, will try to identify any other relevant funding sources or seek to work with you to reduce overall project costs.

Please note if you have already started work on your project i.e. building/ construction has begun then it is unlikely your project will be eligible for funding.

All projects will be contacted within four weeks with The FA’s and County FA’s comments. Guidance and advice will be provided where appropriate. Priority projects will then be identified and will be asked to work up their applications with full backing and support from all parties.

For more information please contact:

Mark Liddiard
FA Regional Facilities & Investment Manager
E: mark.liddiard@thefa.com
Tel: 07432 735985

Sport England

As part of the Olympic Legacy programme, the Places People Play programme is being delivered by Sport England and the Government, in partnership with the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The Places strand aims to transform the places where people play sport, making the benefits of London 2012 visible in cities, towns and villages across the country by modernising up to a thousand local community sports clubs through our Inspired Facilities programme. Funding is available between £20,000 and £150,000 with the following rounds, two in 2012/13 and two in 2013/14.

Budweiser Club Futures

The Budweiser Club Futures programme is a grant scheme for non-league clubs in step 5 to 7 of the English football pyramid funded by The FA Cup's lead sponsor, Budweiser. Budweiser Club Futures will give eight grants of £50,000 to clubs across the country per season over the next two years.

Those grants aim to help clubs to become more financially sustainable by improving their facilities. Projects that could be funded include everything from building conference facilities, improving any part of of the clubhouse interior or exterior, and expanding the car park. Anything that helps a club grow and play an even larger role in their local community.

Within each season, one of the chosen eight clubs will be given the chance to win an additional £100,000 super grant.

Budweiser Club Futures is part of Budweiser’s commitment to promoting Responsible Drinking, and each successful club will be given additional funding to run a community based Responsible Drinking activity in their area. Example activities include the promotion of a Designated Driver, encouraging families to educate their children about alcohol responsibility through the Family Talk programme and Good Sport – a training programme in responsible bartending.

If your club is in steps 5–7, click here to apply for a Budweiser Club Futures grant.

For the latest funding options available please contact Suffolk FA on 01449 616606.

Budweiser Club Futures

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