Over the next four years The FA will make a record £260 million of investment to boost participation and the development of grassroots football in England.
Birmingham County FA works alongside The FA nationally to deliver the National Game Strategy in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. The National Game Strategy is broken down into four goals:
Participation: “More players playing football more often. Boots Female and Youth Participation by 11%"
Retain and support the existing 119,000 affiliated male, female and disability teams. Increase over 16s playing every week by over 200,000 by offering a variety of formats available. Innovative programmes and grants to provide a range of playing opportunities in education, clubs, leagues and other community settings.
Player Development: “Better quality players being developed and entering the talent pathways”
The FA will invest 16million into coach education, development, mentoring and bursary programmes. An extra 1,000 top level (FA Youth Award Module 3) grassroots coaches developed at FA Charter Standard clubs. Create the best competition formats and environment for young players. On-going investment in The FA Skills programme to provide high quality age appropriate coaching for 5-11 years old.
Better training and playing facilities: “£48m Investment of FA investment in new and improved facilities through the Football Foundation"
Create 100 new football turf pitches and improve 2,000 grass pitches. Invest in and roll out a new sustainable model for grassroots facilities in 30 cities through football hubs owned and operated by local communities.
Ensure half of mini-soccer and youth matches are played on high quality artificial grass pitches.
Football Workforce: “Recruiting and developing volunteers and paid staff who service the game”
Improved technology to run the game more efficiently, communicate directly with all participants. Each County FA to have Inclusion Advisory Board with targets to diversify coaching and refereeing. 90% of youth and adult matches to be officiated by a qualified referee
In turn, three key enablers are required to underpin delivery of these goals
1. Workforce development
2. Improved facilities
3. Marketing and PR
As always, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Birmingham County FA team if we can assist you with any of your footballing needs on 0121 357 4278 or email us.
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