Facilities and Investment

Staffordshire FA has a key role to support any facilities project by guiding you through the funding that is available and most appropriate through either the Football Foundation, Sport England or Local Authorities.

Staffordshire FA recognises the importance of high quality facilities for football within the county. We work in partnership with local authorities in the county to understand the demand for facilities, protect playing fields and to address any issues with the loss of facilities.

Funding for facilities is constantly changing, but Staffordshire FA aims to keep you up to date with the main funding bodies that can support the development of any facility project.

To submit an expression of interest for FA Funding towards Facility development, please contact kevin.staples@staffordshirefa.com.


Funding is potentially available from the following organisations:

Football Foundation
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grass roots sport.
Further information on the Football Foundation funding programmes can be found at http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/.

Football Stadia Improvement Fund
Football Stadia Improvement Fund applications will continue to be accepted as normal for clubs in the National Leagues System (Step 7 and above) – visit www.fsif.co.uk for more details.


FA Pitch Improvement Programme

The FA Facilities & Investment Team have worked in partnership with the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a grass pitch maintenance service which can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.

The need for this service is more relevant now than ever, given the current economic times and the pressures facing grassroots football. The key principles behind the service are to provide football clubs with advice and practical solutions on a number of areas.

In addition to a team of IOG Regional Pitch Advisors, a number of professional football club groundsmen and have been identified and signed-up to the service. Football clubs or other organisations responsible for the maintenance of grassroots football pitches can receive a visit from these experts if they are looking to improve the quality of their grass pitches.


  1. Clubs express interest for visit via County FA
  2. County FA organise visit with Pitch Advisor and Club
  3. Pitch Advisor and County FA visit site
  4. Club receive a report with recommendations
  5. Club action those recommendations, supported by the County FA

The reports and recommendations will be unique to each club/site based on the resources available – budget, machinery, personnel, time, priorities, etc.

In many of the reports, clubs have requested short-term recommendations based on their immediate priorities and budget available, then longer-term recommendations which the whole club can work towards achieving.

We recommend that clubs invest in a second visit approximately 6 months after their first visit to ensure that the recommendations provided in the reports have maximum impact.

If your club is interested in organising a pitch improvement programme visit, please click HERE to download the application form, and then return it to The Staffordshire FA.
Please note: There is a £50.00 charge per visit, per club.

For further information:
Please contact Football Development Officer (Adult) Gareth Thomas on any of the following:
(E): gareth.thomas@staffordshirefa.com
(T): 01785 256994
(M): 07815 295723


Guidance for sports clubs at risk of flooding

Please find below some useful information for your club should it be located within an area where the risk of flooding is high:
How To Plan Ahead
Developing a Club Flood Plan
Flood Resilient Design
Flood Alert-Warning Received
After the Flood - Buildings
After the Flood - Pitches and Courts

For further support please click HERE.


Further Information

For more information on facilities and funding please contact Kevin Staples on the following:
(E): kevin.staples@staffordshirefa.com

Other potential local funding streams are available accessing the Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent website. http://www.sportacrossstaffordshire.co.uk/Funding