Facilities & Funding

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Facilities have been prioritised by The FA and we at Bedfordshire FA are making every effort to improve the facilities around the county and striving to achieve excellence in all that we do.

We can provide guidance and advice on the funding opportunities available and benefit our affiliated clubs and facility providers.

The most accessible funding source is the Football Foundation who fund large numbers of projects every year and have a great reputation of providing funding and supporting projects, both new build and improvement works.

The Football Foundation operates a number of funds which can be found by following the link provided: Footballfoundation.org.uk

There are a number of other funding sources that can be found by contacting Facilities & Funding Officer Charlie Mann by phone 01582 565111 or email Charlie.Mann@BedfordshireFA.Com. We would strongly recommend that you get in touch with Charlie to discuss any enquiries you may have regarding facilities and he will be able to offer advice on the best course of action and whether your project has a high chance of success before you begin to fill out applications.

The first step in any project is to complete the Football Facility Enquiry Form to register your project which allows The FA to see your request and gives your application more credibility with the Football Foundation. For more information regarding the Football Facility Enquiry Form, please click here.

Please note, if you have already started work on your project (for example, building/construction has already begun), then it is unlikely that your project will be eligible for funding.

 

Grant Finder

The Grant Finder allows you to view all of the grants that may be available to you and your project. If you're looking to improve your football facilities, which could involve refurbishing and improving changing rooms, natural grass or 3G artificial turf pitches, the first step in the process is to use the 'Grant Finder' facility.

Please click here to access the grant finder and see what funding you are eligible for.

 

Pitch Improvement Programme

If you would to view our page on the Pitch Improvement Programme, please click here.

3G Register

3Gs are the holy grail of clubs at present due to their significant earning potential and consequently they seem to springing up everywhere. However, there are now strict regulations and guidelines that need to be followed for maximum success for a 3G facility.

The 3G register is a list of all the 3G pitches in the country that have passed the FIFA 1-Star rating test. This ensures that the facility is safe and operates similar to a grass surface. Once a facility has passed the FIFA 1-Star test it can accommodate affiliated football i.e. any league that is registered with the County FA. (Please note, affiliated football should not be taking place on a 3G pitch that is not FIFA approved).

To get your 3G pitch on the register or for more information about 3G’s please contact our Facilities and Funding Officer Charlie Mann on 01582 565111 or Charlie.Mann@BedfordshireFA.com.

3G Maintenance

A 3G facility is a costly investment and therefore the correct maintenance is more than justified to ensure a safe playing environment which will in turn improve the longevity of the carpet. Effective and thorough maintenance will extend the life span of the carpet however inevitably the carpet will need to be replaced at some point.

There is a current misconception that 3G pitches are maintenance free and that once they are laid money will come flowing in. In reality this is not the case as all 3G pitches are now subject to regular testing to certify that the surface is an accurate replica of a grass pitch and that the surface is safe to play on. Without passing the test, affiliated football, which is any league registered with the County FA, cannot take place. This could mean a serious down turn in income if clubs and leagues are unable to play their matches on your facility.

As a general guide, every ten hours of usage will require one hour of maintenance. Routine maintenance is usually just sweeping the pitch to level the surface and the infill, however once every six months a specialist contractor should be used to decompacted and repair the facility. Without decompaction, the pitch becomes hard and consequently player injuries become more common and damage occurs quicker.

The Institute of Groundsmanship is currently running training courses on the maintenance of 3G pitches, for more information visit www.iog.org or contact Facilities and Funding Officer Charlie Mann on 01582 565111 or Charlie.Mann@BedfordshireFA.com

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