The parlous state of public football pitches and changing facilities is still the number one issue facing the grassroots community in 2015, a Club Website poll can reveal.
When asked what their top priority would be if they were in charge of grassroots football in 2015, the 2,500 Club Website members polled came back with a familiar answer.
The number of people playing football in England is on the increase, according to new figures published by Sport England and the Football Association.
Sport England, the body that distributes government funding to grassroots sport, reports that 1.9 million adults play football once a week – an incease of 3.3 percent on 12 months ago.
The Football Association has joined forces with the BBC to launch the FA People’s Cup – a nationwide competition giving footballers of all ages and abilities the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.
The new five-a-side knockout competition, which forms part of the BBC’s ‘Get Inspired’ campaign, will see more than 100,000 players from up to 14,000 teams battle it out for the chance to lift the FA People’s Cup trophy at Wembley Stadium on FA Cup Final day.
Grassroots football clubs wishing to expand the range of teams they operate are being encouraged to apply for a share of £1.5 million of Football Foundation funding.
The Grow the Game fund is open to clubs in England aiming to boost playing opportunities for women and girls, disabled players and male teams at under-14s level and above.
The Bank of Scotland Midnight League has returned for 2015 to provide free five-a-side football for 12- to 16-year-olds across Scotland.
Run in partnership between the Scottish FA, Bank of Scotland and Cashback for Communities, the Midnight League is a national network of five-a-side football available to young people in all 32 Scottish local authorities.