Funding community football

| Emily Andrews
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Community football clubs will benefit from funding gifted by the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.

The £15.1m will help to improve 101 grassroots football facilities across the country. The funding will predominantly be used for the building, or refurbishment of, floodlit, third generation, artificial grass pitches and modern changing pavilions.

Over the past three years, The Premier League, The FA and the Government, have provided £102m towards the development of football facilities, particularly in disadvantaged communities with restricted access to resources.

The Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity, which delivers the funding, has a strategic target of investing at least 40% of the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund funding into the 20% most deprived areas of the country over the next three years.

Tracey Crouch MP, minister for sport, says, “I am delighted money is being invested at the level where it’s needed most. Grassroots sport is where it all begins – where talent is nurtured and young people are inspired. The Government's partnership with the Premier League, The FA and Football Foundation has been a great success over the past 15 years and I am keen that we continue to build on that."