The Football Association has today announced its annual survey for participants to provide feedback on the grassroots football provision in the local area
Players, coaches, parents, supporters, volunteers, referees, club and league officials across Hertfordshire now have the opportunity to highlight areas where they require support, suggest areas for improvement and outline the impact of particular campaigns or schemes by completing the 2019 Grassroots Football Survey.
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
Karl Lingham, Hertfordshire FA CEO said: "This survey is a great opportunity for everyone to have their say on our national game. We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to share their views on their experience of grassroots football.
Customer insight is vital in helping us deliver a tailored service to meet the needs of the game in Hertfordshire. The results of this survey directly influence our decision making, helping us to understand what matters most to our community. This key information from within the game allows us to prioritise development and resources in these areas.“
Make Your Voice Heard
To share your views and help us shape the future of football please take a few minutes to complete the survey online, just follow the link below.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Visit the website before the deadline on Tuesday 5 November 2019 to take part
Outcomes from Last Year's Grassroots Football Survey
Below are some of the some of the feedback given by Herfordshire participants in last year's Grassroots Football Survey and actions we have taken subsequently - your comments really do make a difference:
You said: "We need more artificial grass pitches in this area".
We did: We worked with local clubs and partners to support applications for funding that delivered four new state of the art artificial pitches across Hertfordshire last season
You said: "Lack of areas to play and facilities"
We did: We helped secure £2m worth of investment last season, funding everything from new 3G pitches to upgraded changing facilities and grass pitch improvements
You said: "County Ground facilities are not used effectively"
We did: With a grant from the Football Foundation the home of Hertfordshire FA has been extensively renovated including a new artificial pitch, changing facilities and function room – with football now being played here every day of the week
You said: "More coaching courses!"
We did: We delivered over 200 FA Coaching courses in the 2018/19 season, including 70% more Level 1 courses than the previous year
You said: "Consider female only courses "
We delivered our first female focussed Level 1 course and based on the success of this are planning more female focussed courses for next season
You said: "It is getting more and more expensive to run a team"
We were able to support 22 teams who applied for ‘Stay in the Game’ and ‘Extra Time’ funding with financial assistance to help them keep playing