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Liverpool County FA Set Four Point Strategy

Fri 21st Aug 2015 | Football Governance

The FA’s announcement of £260million of grassroots funding will see Liverpool County FA (LCFA) set a strategy to make the most of the cash injection.

Welcoming the funding boost, LCFA will work towards four goals - Participation, Development, Facilities and Volunteers - all targeted in a local development strategy.

The FA last week announced the new investment, which will be spread over four years as part of the national governing body’s ambitious National Game Strategy for Participation and Development, which aims to develop the nation’s favourite sport at grassroots level.

Alongside the £260million announced, an additional multi-million pound investment, supported by the government, will be utilised to establish 30 new city hubs across England.

Liverpool has been chosen as one of three cities in the country to pilot the new city hub scheme.

Working alongside The FA, the Liverpool County Football Association, which governs and oversees the development of grassroots football across the region, has set four goals that the County FA’s team will work towards during the National Game Strategy’s four-year period: sustain and increase participation, player development, better training and playing facilities, and supporting the football workforce.

In order to achieve these goals, the Liverpool County FA will be focusing on a number of priorities to enhance the quality of grassroots football for all that participate. Through retaining and supporting all affiliated teams across all ages and genders, the Liverpool County FA will also aim to grow identified areas of the game – specifically female and disability football – and look to increase a weekly figure for football participation; both affiliated and recreational.

David Pugh, Chief Executive Officer of the Liverpool County FA, said: “The Liverpool County FA has a duty to protect and serve our existing players whilst working to grow the game, and the funding that has been made available through the National Game Strategy for Participation and Development provides us will valuable funds to do this.

“We’re dedicated to not only providing opportunities for everybody to play football, but also developing those that are involved; creating better grassroots players who are able to enter talent pathways.

“In many areas, the quality of grassroots football on Merseyside is good. 80% of our grassroots clubs have Charter Standard status, with the same figure of clubs possessing a qualified coach.

“In addition, 71% of our teams play in Charter Standard leagues. However, there are areas of grassroots football that we’re keen to improve.

“We’re working with a number of parties to build, protect and enhance football facilities in the area, which will in turn provide a better setting and improve the quality of provision on offer to players across the board.

“In our latest Perception Survey, which provides us with valuable feedback from people involved in grassroots football, 72% of our customers that took part stated that they thought we are doing a good job.

“We’re dedicated to improving on that figure and creating a close relationship with all involved in the game, enhancing the service we’re providing to customers. Our work in line with the National Game Strategy will hopefully achieve this.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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