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What facility improvements does your club need?

Are the facilities that your football club use in need of improvement?

Judging by our investigation into grassroots football facilities last year, we’re guessing that the answer for a lot of you is a resounding yes.

Well, there’s some good news to report on that front from Sport England, but they first need your help to tell you exactly what sort of improvements are required on the ground.

Agbonla-more cash has Falcons flying high

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor took time out this week to help Boldmere Falcons FC’s young footballers celebrate a double funding boost worth £714,129.

The Sutton Coldfield club, whose website is powered by Club Website, will benefit from a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch and a state-of-the-art pavilion as a result of the cash boost from the Football Foundation.

FA plans to stop 11-a-side until under-13 level

The English FA are planning to shake up youth football, as reported here on Club Website last week. Here, Peter Lansley, Midlands Football Correspondent at The Times newspaper takes a look at the FA’s plans for a new approach to youth development.

The FA wants to give the game back to the children. In radical youth development proposals targeted for the start of 2013-14 season, more youngsters would get more touches of the ball as England aims to get in line with the top European nations by banishing the outmoded notion of imposing an adult 11-a-side game on 11-year-olds.

FA outlines new approach to youth development

The Football Association today outlined their plans for a new approach to youth development in England, including some “radical” changes to the structure of the grassroots game.

The FA’s Young Player Development Review, established after England’s failure at the 2010 World Cup, includes 25 recommendations to improve the game from top to bottom.

FA Young Player Development Review – 25 recommendations

These are the 25 recommendations that the FA are proposing to help improve the English game at all levels:

1. Agreed mandatory pathway for grassroots youth football playing formats
2. Promotion of The Future Game as a best practice guide to player development

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