English grassroots boosted by grants with 40,131 teams helped with return to play

July 30 – The £7 million government grant to England’s Pitch Preparation Fund, administered by the Football Foundation grassroots charity, will see 40,131 teams given a boost.

The money was allocated to helping clubs get their playing surfaces match-fit and ready for a return once lockdown and the ban on grassroots football was lifted.

On top of this the Football Foundation has announced it is awarding 3,383 grants worth £1,691,500 to organisations across the country through the Club Preparation Fund. This fund helps clubs prepare their buildings to safely reopen in line with government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.

The depth of the support for the grassroots game by the Club Preparation Fund’s was highlighted by the numbers released by the Football Foundation:

  • A total of 3,383 grants awarded
  • £1,691,500 of investment
  • A total of 40,131 football teams benefiting
  • 32,921 grassroots teams benefiting
  • 6,742 teams in The FA National League System will benefit
  • 197 teams in The FA Women’s Football Pyramid will benefit
  • 10 grants awarded to clubs in the Welsh Cymru Premier League.

The Pitch Preparation Fund awarded £7 million to 2,902 organisations, enabling over 9,000 football pitches to be made match-fit, and is benefiting more than 33,000 football teams.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Football is at the heart of communities across the country and we’re determined to help local clubs bounce back stronger than ever. I’m delighted to see grassroots football return and I know this investment will do so much to help teams stay safe as they get back on the pitch.”

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