Football Foundation passes £1bn grassroots investment landmark

The Football Foundation announced today that it has now supported more than £1bn of grassroots sports projects.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has funded 12,007 projects with grants worth £473m, which it has used to attract a further £732m in additional partnership funding – £1.205bn of investment into the grassroots game.

The Foundation’s grassroots facilities investment has helped to develop:

  • 819 changing facilities
  • 2,474 real grass pitches
  • 469 artificial grass pitches
  • 90 multi-use games areas

Launched in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK and is funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. This unique partnership between the football industry and Government enables the Foundation to develop new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities, improving the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level to sustain and increase participation.

The Foundation prides itself on the monitoring and evaluation work which is used to measure and evaluate the performance of projects that it has funded. The Foundation supports projects long after the grant has been awarded, and that continued support helps ensure that projects it funds achieve the best possible sustainable outcomes, whilst enabling it to demonstrate the impact that has been made as a result of Foundation funding.

For example, last season football participation increased on average by 9% over the previous year across all projects that the Foundation has invested in since 2000, while multi-sport participation increased by 12.4% at those same projects.

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