FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward looks at the problems some clubs are facing and reveals what’s being done to help solve them.
What issues are grassroots clubs facing around facilities?
What we’re hearing from clubs is they’re finding significant increases in pitch hire fees, which is an issue in terms of the costs they have to pass on to the players involved in the clubs.
Decommissioning and closure of facilities, a lack of maintenance, particularly of pitches, which means that during poor weather, many fixtures are cancelled and then an increasing move from councils to transferring their facilities to more community ownership which comes with difficult challenges that are required of those involved.
What are the FAW Trust doing to help solve these issues?
We’re working on local programmes of support, engaging councils with local clubs and leagues to work out a plan of action for the future.
Planning for the long-term rather than reacting to circumstances that are happening now, finding ways we can protect existing facilities and preventing them from being closed and to enhance existing facilities.
And also to support people at a local lesson to address the problems they might be facing.
What can suffering clubs do to get help?
We’d like to hear from any clubs who are having issues with facilities.
The first thing they should do is e-mail us at [email protected] or call 01633282911.
We will then direct those queries to the most relevant person.