Facility & Football Pitch Development

The Durham County Football Association has in place a County Plan which sets out a number of key priorities for the game and demonstrates how, as a County Football Association, we will support The Football Association deliver the National Game Strategy for Participation & Development 2015-19.

Within the priorities, the role of increasing 3G Football Turf Pitches, Improving Natural Turf (Grass) Pitches will support clubs and players across the county can to playing the Nation’s favourite sport.

NGS 2015-19

3G Pitch Information  Changing Rooms

Field of Play  Natural Turf Pitch Information

Over £500 Million has been invested by the FA and its Football Foundation partners the Premier League and DCMS has led to over £1.3 Billion going into grassroots facilities since 2000.

Over the next four years 2015-2019 The FA will make a record £260 million of investment to boost participation and the development of grassroots football in England. £48Million of this will be invested into better training and playing facilities through the Football Foundation. This will lead to the creation of 100 new 3G football turf pitches and improve 2,000 grass pitches across the country.

Furthermore, the FA and its partners will invest in and roll out a new sustainable model for grassroots facilities in 30 cities through football hubs owned and operated by local communities and ensure half of mini-soccer and youth matches are played on high quality artificial grass pitches.

As the popularity of football continues to grow and participation increases, the use of existing facilities, and the demand for new ones, will also grow. Working with a range of partners, The FA and Durham County FA will work hard to make sure that investment is targeted towards the top priorities based on continued consultation with the grassroots football community.

For this very reason, investment in facilities will continue to be a top priority for The Football Association and Durham County FA.

For further information on Facility Development please contact Chris Hutchinson, Facilities & Investment Officer, on 0191 3872928 or email Chris.Hutchinson@DurhamFA.com

Additional Resources

Football Stadia

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) provides financial support to football clubs towards their ground improvement projects.

Funded by the Premier League with an annual budget of £6m, the FSIF awards capital grants to clubs from the Football League down to the lower levels of the National League System (NLS) Steps 1-7 to improve safety at their stadia and to enable them to satisfy The FA’s ground grading requirements.

Need Funding?


The FSIF Technical Project Managers are on hand to give advice on all aspects of the FSIF grant process. The team has a wealth of experience in facility development across all levels of the football pyramid – it’s unlikely that there is a scenario that they haven’t come across!

Before applying for a grant you must discuss your project with your FSIF Technical Project Manager Adrian Morris - Technical Project Manager adrian.morris@footballfoundation.org.uk or call 0345 345 4555 ext 4238 or 07768 721504

3G Pitch Testing Information
Football Foundation Facility Funding
FA Pitch Improvement Programme