FAW Community Game Board Completes National Review of Facility Provision
16 April 2015

FAW Community Game Board Completes National Review of Facility Provision

The Football Association of Wales Community Game Board has completed a national review of facility provision, recognising the importance of safeguarding and investing in local football facilities.

The Football Association of Wales Community Game Board has completed a national review of facility provision and specifically the growing cost of pitch hire fees in response to concerns raised by grassroots clubs.

The Football Association of Wales Community Game Board has completed a national review of facility provision and specifically the growing cost of pitch hire fees in response to concerns raised by grassroots clubs.

Discussions were held with a number of Local Authority Members and Officers during a series of meetings held between October 2014 and January 2015.

The FAW understands the impact that funding reductions are having on local authorities and the difficult decisions that they presently face in preserving existing services. However, accessible, affordable and fit for purpose facilities are vital to the future prosperity of the game.

As the largest participation sport, football plays a significant role in maintaining and improving public health in Wales. The combined effect of enforced closure of facilities and significant increases in hire fees not only threatens the game, it also compromises the Welsh Government’s policy for reducing the future burden on the health service by increasing levels of physical activity.

The FAW does not have sufficient resources to either preserve community facilities or subsidise participation fees, however, it will continue to advocate strongly the case for football with both national and local government. Nevertheless, leagues and clubs must accept that the game is encountering unprecedented threats and challenges and should consider a range of responses including, more flexible league formats, ground sharing and mergers with other football clubs and sports clubs in order for the game to flourish in the future.

The FAW Council has agreed the Community Game Board recommendations that:

  • the FAW produces an advocacy plan which:


  • - promotes football’s potential to increase physical activity and community health leading to possible protection of and an investment in football facilities infrastructure;
    - advocates strongly to Welsh Government the importance of widening club access to school facilities;
    - provides guidance on football facilities provision in Schools, Colleges and Universities;
    - promotes 3G artificial pitch developments (both full and small sized games areas);
    - embraces future trends in society and sport;

  • a national network of working groups comprised of league and local authority representatives are established to ensure clubs, leagues and local authorities are engaged on facilities issues;


  • leagues are encouraged to allow flexibility on match days, including a variable approach to kick-off times - to allow an increased number of clubs to play at floodlit artificial pitch venues;


  • an audit of clubs is completed to help understand where asset transfer might be possible and desirable;


  • the FAW develops a support service which helps clubs with the intricacies of asset transfer and with the maintenance and management of facilities.




  • The Community Game Board Facilities Report can be downloaded below.