Facilities & Funding

From building a new facility to buying a new team kit, developing the game takes money.

Working in partnership with the Football Foundation, Sport England, Local Authorities and partner organisations, we aim shine to a light on the funding opportunities and grants available to the football community in Bedfordshire.

So whether you are looking to start new teams, retain existing ones, develop coaches, purchase equipment, renovate facilities or develop new ones…We commit to supporting all funding applications from county clubs, leagues and facility providers with advice and guidance.

Find information on national and local funding opportunities below.

Investing for the future

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

If you are intending to improve your football facilities (which may involve 3G football turf pitches, changing room pavilions / clubhouses,  grass pitch improvements or better indoor / outdoor spaces) please contact James Petty on 07432702697 or via email at James.Petty@BedfordshireFA.com so that he can provide advice and guidance. 

Following this, you may be asked to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form which can be found 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.

If you would to view our page on the Pitch Improvement Programme, please click on the documents below for more information:

Visit Request Form
PIP Process

The new Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community app was launched at the FA Groundsman of the Year awards at St George’s Park on Wednesday 14th August. The site has been developed in partnership with The FA and IOG to support volunteers and qualified groundskeepers to maintain pitches in the following ways:

  • build knowledge and understanding on key operations of pitch maintenance throughout the year
  • connect with fellow groundskeepers and share experiences (videos, interactive content, Q&A’s, hints and tips and information sharing)
  • seek expert advice on getting the most from the pitches groundskeepers manage (Regional Pitch Advisor and other professional ground staff)

The link below will allow people to access the site free of charge and has a welcome message from Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley Stadium. Once registered, the Hive Learning app for iOS or Android is the easiest way to access the community on the go.


There are now strict regulations and guidelines that need to be followed for maximum success for a 3G facility.

FA Certified Pitch Register for Bedfordshire

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 not feature on the above register).

To get your 3G pitch on the register or for more information about 3G’s please contact our Football Development Manager on James.Petty@BedfordshireFA.com.| 01582 565111.

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.

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.

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 our Football Development Manager on 01582 565111 or James.Petty@BedfordshireFA.com

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James Petty
Football Development Manager

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