To date, almost 90,000 participants have voiced their opinions on the grassroots football provision in their local area and helped to inform the allocation of investment and resources by The FA and County FAs.
Amongst a wide range of activities and developments, last season’s feedback directly resulted in the implementation of 19 SSE Wildcats Centres in Somerset, which provide football opportunities for 5-11 year-old girls, nearly a million pounds of facilities investment and trials of Temporary Dismissals – otherwise known as ‘sin bins’ – in the county.
In addition, since the last grassroots Football Survey, we have devised a new three-year County delivery strategy and a Marketing & Communications improvement plan which will be available for you to read shortly. We have made great strides to act upon the feedback from last year, improving a number of processes, launching a brand new website which is now fully responsive to a range of devices and trialing out-of-hours governance services for our volunteers.
Jon Pike, Chief Executive of Somerset FA, said: "We value the feedback from everyone involved in football, whatever their capacity, from across our County. We use the FA Grassroots Football Survey results and our own consultation exercises across the season to directly influence our delivery.
"This season we have acted on the issues and ideas expressed in previous years, particularly around the quality of pitches and the formats of football available to our participants. We are launching a new flexible 9v9 league in Weston-super-Mare to cater for people who want to play football but are too busy at the weekend because of various commitments. We are also launching a new Futsal league in Yeovil, to accompany last season's new league in Taunton.
"We have a loan scheme available to clubs, where they can borrow up to £5,000 to make improvements at their club. Our Male Team Growth fund was also very popular, this complimented the FA Grow the Game scheme for Female and Disability provision. Clubs applying for funds from Somerset FA to increase their male provision through that fund. Mini Soccer was covered by our "Mini Money" funding stream, open to clubs wishing to establish a new Mini Soccer team.
"To save all football participants in the county money, we have a number of partnership agreements which offer clubs, league, players and referees a discount on a variety of football-related products and services. A number of these are new for this season, including 25% off portable floodlights, a free fundraising platform for your club, 20% off Football player nutrition products and discounts on pitch maintenance services.
"We hope that participants across Somerset can see the positive impacts that their responses have, and we really encourage everyone to complete this year's survey to highlight even more great ideas and initiatives for next season."
Martin Glenn, The FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The Grassroots Football Survey has grown season-on-season. Since its introduction in 2015/16, it has given us greater insight and understanding of the community football landscape, which has helped us shape and improve our decision-making processes across the grassroots game.
"This season we want to reach more participants than ever before and make improvements necessary to ensure the continuous development of grassroots football in this country."
Complete the survey here
Completion Deadline: 5th November 2018