BCFA Announce 4 Year Plan

Boost for Grassroots Football

Birmingham County FA officially unveiled its new four year plan yesterday to boost football participation in the region.

With FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, in attendance at Ray Hall Lane, Birmingham County FA outlined how it plans to support the grassroots game over the next four years.

The plan takes a customer-led approach to build on the foundation of success in the nation’s grassroots heartland. Birmingham FA boasts over 4000 male, female, disability, youth and adult teams, over 1400 qualified referees and 1100 FA Licensed coaches.

Birmingham FA Chief Executive, Chad Ehlertsen, said: “There is a real opportunity for Birmingham County FA to lead locally in supporting The FA to tackle the challenges facing grassroots football both in terms of facilities and coaching. Through our National Game Strategy, we now have an exciting and focused plan for the next four years that will shape and grow the development of grassroots football across the County.”

The four areas of the amateur game that the Birmingham plan will focus are:

Boosting Participation: Building on the increases in boys’ participation and growth in disability football, while delivering more varied formats of the game, such as more flexible football to address the drop in traditional 11v11 and youth female football.

Developing better players:  Providing coach bursaries to get more volunteers involved in coaching at grassroots level, including women and people from diverse backgrounds. The aim is to qualify over 40 coaches with the FA Youth Award Module 3, which is focused on player development.

Better training and facilities:  To deliver 12 new 3g pitches by 2019 and implement a new pitch improvement plan to directly support over 100 grassroots pitches across the region. Birmingham County FA will work closely with the FA to influence how funding is distributed to improve facilities across the region.

Football workforce:  Support Clubs and Providers to embrace new technology such as the Whole Game System and the use of digital platforms to run the game more efficiently and create direct lines of communication with players across all grassroots leagues making football truly integrated. Football in the region will also become more representative of the communities it serves through inclusion initiatives.

FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, who attended the launch said: “I am delighted to hear about the steps being taken to drive grassroots football forward in our biggest County FA. We face a tough challenge as we seek to boost the facilities and coaching infrastructure nationwide, but we have a quarter of a billion pound plan and Birmingham is at the forefront of making it a reality.

“The steps that we take at national level can only work through effective delivery across the 50 plus counties - and Birmingham is a shining example of an organisation doing just that.”

Click here to find out more about Birmingham County FA's plan or email Stephanie.Jobson@birminghamfa.com

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