HAVE YOUR SAY: THE FA ANNOUNCES
2018/19 GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL SURVEY
The online survey, which is now in its fourth season after being launched in 2015/16, provides players, coaches, match officials, parents, supporters, volunteers, club and league officials with an opportunity to share their experiences of community football and highlight potential opportunities for improvement.
To date, almost 90,000 participants have voiced their opinions on the grassroots football provision in their local area and helped to inform the allocation of investment and resources by The FA and County FAs.
Martin Glenn, The FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The Grassroots Football Survey has grown season-on-season. Since its introduction in 2015/16, it has given us greater insight and understanding of the community football landscape, which has helped us shape and improve our decision-making processes across the grassroots game.
"Community football facilities are the perfect example. Despite a number of excellent programmes in place, feedback from previous surveys has repeatedly shown many are inadequate and require further investment. Whilst happy with the availability of grass pitches, participants generally report they are of poor quality. This key information from within the game allows us to prioritise development and resources in these areas.
"This season we want to reach more participants than ever before and make improvements necessary to ensure the continuous development of grassroots football in this country."
David Neale Gloucestershire FA's Cheif Executive, said: “Grassroots Survey feedback is very important to us. We listen to participants’ views and I hope many will complete the online survey.”
“Last year, people said we should do more for adult 11-a-side teams and improve facilities so we prioritised support for them. The Pitch Improvement Programme covered 35 different sites resulting in improvements to 22 grass pitches in Gloucestershire; we helped over 60 Clubs obtain a total of £68,000 additional funding and delivered more Referee and Mini-soccer referee courses to increase the pool of qualified match officials in grassroots leagues.”
Visit TheFA.com/HaveYourSay before the deadline on Monday 5 November 2018 to take part.