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PUBLISHED: 12:45 11 November 2012

The Essex FA are asking football fans to share their views by completing an online survey (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

The Essex FA are asking football fans to share their views by completing an online survey (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Essex FA launch online survey

“Let Us Know What you Think!” is the strapline of an Essex FA survey which has been re-opened at www.essexfa.com.

It aims to find out how players, referees, leagues, coaches and volunteers currently feel about grass-roots football.

People involved in the game in all manner of ways across the county can again have their say on the game’s future by offering opinions on how to continue improving everybody’s sporting experience.

The questionnaire is targeting participants to find out how the Association can ensure they’re providing a service to ‘stakeholders’ across the region.

By developing clubs throughout the area, as well as acting as their governing body, the Essex FA works mostly amongst the amateur sector of football, looking for new participants and ensuring the game is safe and enjoyable for all.

The Development Team provides coaching and funding to children and adults throughout the area.

Included within this sphere is the award of the FA Charter Standard, progressing female football, the promotion of minority groups within the game and the running of a series of courses and workshops to aid coaching standards.

Strategies are in place to continue work in both the short and long terms, and the Governance Team are also on hand between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, to provide a helping hand for volunteers.

With around 1,600 clubs affiliated yearly from the office - roughly 4,700 teams - this is a comprehensive task.

Essex’s County Cup competitions are organised every campaign, while representative teams are fielded to face other counties at Under 18s, 16s and Women’s levels.

The county’s 1,800-strong referee list and schools football are coordinated as well, in addition to welfare case management and safeguarding children.

Essex FA chief executive Phil Sammons said: “It’s our dedicated football workforce who have helped to shape the local and national football strategies by telling us what is needed, and where.

“But it’s crucial that we continue to monitor what’s happening on an ongoing basis so we remain informed of the progress.

“It’s our role to make sure as many people in Essex are playing the game, and that the people already in football are enjoying a safe and rewarding involvement.

“We’ve found that participation in many areas is up and that the figures for referees and coaches locally are encouraging, so it’s vital that we continue to strive for betterment in our sport.”

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