The FA has today announced its annual survey for participants on Merseyside to provide feedback on the grassroots football provision in the local area.
Players, coaches, parents, supporters, volunteers, referees, club and league officials across Merseyside now have the opportunity to highlight areas where they require support, suggest areas for improvement and outline the impact of particular campaigns or schemes.
Since the online survey was originally launched, the responses of more than 100,000 grassroots participants have helped to inform the decision making and allocation of resources by The FA and respective County FAs. Results from the 2018/19 edition identified five key areas – both on and off the pitch – where a renewed focus is required:
1. Identify the resources and tools that clubs need the most support with
2. Foster the right experience for participants at this level of the game
3. Encourage young people to stay active in different roles across the game
4. Ensure the RESPECT campaign has a positive impact on all participants
5. Adapt to the changing nature of modern grassroots football
You said: There's , a lack of suitable facilities, poor grass pitches and changing rooms.
We did: Merseyside now has FOUR Parklife sites which provide 12 full-size 3G pitches, costing upwards of £20million, along with the development the following full-sized 3G pitches: Tiber Street (£660,989), Birchwood High School (£367,235) and Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub (£302,184) through total funding of £1,330,408. Many more facility projects are currently in progress across Merseyside. Through our Pitch Improvement Programme, we saw nine pitches in 2018/2019 improved and an additional 102 had initial assessments. All Local Authorities under Liverpool FA’s responsibility have had their Sport England Playing Pitch Strategies approved and signed off.
Dave Pugh, Chief Executive Officer at Liverpool County FA, said: “The Grassroots Football Survey provides everybody involved with grassroots football, whatever their role may be, with a chance to have their say on the state of the game locally.
“The impact that the results of this survey has on shaping the work of Liverpool County FA is sizable. Together with the help of those taking part in or supporting grassroots football, we can work to develop the game and ensure that it goes from strength to strength.”
CLICK HERE to take part in the 2019/20 Grassroots Football Survey