Have your say on grassroots facilities

PUBLISHED: 12:17 01 November 2011

A set of goalposts at Hackney Marshes (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

A set of goalposts at Hackney Marshes (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Win a signed England shirt in survey

The Facilities and Investment Team at The FA are offering a signed England shirt and Umbro goody bags as part of a prize draw for undertaking a simple survey.

The FA are seeking views on grassroots facilities across the country, the purpose of which is to build on the results of the Big Grassroots Football Survey which took place earlier this year.

The survey, which will assist in the development of a National Facilities Strategy to support the National Game Strategy, is available to complete online at and is also being promoted through The FA’s various other web channels at and, as well as in England match programmes.

The FA recognises and understands that facilities are a key part of the grassroots experience and are very keen to listen to views on how they could be improved from the people that use them.

These are very tough times for everyone from a financial perspective and it is likely The FA will have some challenges ahead in ensuring that amenities are maintained and protected.

However, they remain committed to do all they can to support grassroots facilities.

Football faces numerous challenges to ensure facilities are protected and developed, especially at a time when public sector funding is under so much pressure.

It’s essential the game ensures it’s approach properly reflects proven needs, and the survey is a first step towards that.

As an incentive, anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win a signed England shirt and one of ten Umbro goody bags. The survey will be live for five weeks.

Speaking about a recent allocation of funding from Sport England, the Essex FA’s Development Manager Brendan Walshe said: “We hear every day about how difficult it is to find financial resources for any kind of project in these difficult times.

“And in grassroots football we’re not immune from feeling the pinch. It’s vital that we make sure money is spent efficiently and The FA’s new survey will help to ensure that happens.”

How can you help The FA do this? We really need to hear your views about facilities, so please take time to complete the short survey which can be found at

Should you have any questions about facilities in Essex, please feel free to contact your Brendan Walshe at the Essex County FA who will be able to advise. His number is 01245 393075 and his e-mail address is

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