FOLLOWING THE £7M INVESTMENT INTO PREPARING THE COUNTRY'S PITCHES, THE PREMIER LEAGUE, THE FA AND GOVERNMENT, THROUGH SPORT ENGLAND, ARE PROVIDING A FURTHER £2.19 MILLION TO HELP CLUBS GET THEIR BUILDINGS READY FOR FOOTBALL'S RETURN.
Following recent guidance issued by The FA for restarting of football activity, eligible clubs and organisations will now be able to apply for a fixed £500 grant to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow them to reopen.
Successful applicants will need to spend Club Preparation funding on the three key areas:
Keeping your clubhouse and equipment clean
Maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion
Promoting good hygiene.
The type of work that this may include would be to provide:
hand sanitiser dispensers
paper towel dispensers
signage and floor marking
building repairs and modifications
carrying professional inspections or testing on water quality or gas and electric
repairing hand basins and providing hot water
installing safety screening and contactless payment systems.
Who is eligible?
Clubs and organisations that manage their own building and have a minimum 12 months security of tenure. The buildings must serve outdoor football pitches, that are used for affiliated football
Grassroots football clubs (including Step 7)
FA National League System clubs (from Steps 1 to 6)
FA Women’s Pyramid clubs (Tier 1-5)
Professional Club Community Trusts
Leisure Trusts (with an annual turnover of less than £500k)
Welsh Cymru Premier League clubs
Who is not eligible?
Clubs and Organisations without a suitable security of tenure
Clubs and Organisations that do not manage their own clubhouse
Town and Parish Councils
Leisure Trusts with an annual turnover of more than £500k