The 2018/19 Grassroots Football Survey has today been announced by The Football Association [The FA].
The online survey, which is now in its fourth season after being launched in 2015/16, provides players, coaches, match officials, parents, supporters, volunteers, club and league officials with an opportunity to share their experiences of community football and highlight potential opportunities for improvement.
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 18 SSE Wildcats Centres in Dorset, which provide football opportunities for 5-11-year-old girls, £948,210 of facilities investment in Derbyshire and trials of Temporary Dismissals – otherwise known as ‘sin bins’ – in Cornwall.
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.
"Community football facilities are the perfect example. Despite a number of excellent programmes in place, feedback from previous surveys has repeatedly shown many are inadequate and require further investment. Whilst happy with the availability of grass pitches, participants generally report they are of poor quality. This key information from within the game allows us to prioritise development and resources in these areas.
"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."
Iain Kay, Lancashire FA's Football Development Manager said: "The Grassroots Football Survey enables volunteers across the game to have their say, and it’s an opportunity to help shape football in Lancashire based on your insight and knowledge at a local level."
"We value your opinions as stakeholders of the grassroots game and your insight can assist us in addressing the challenges you face within football on a daily basis. In the long term this will enable us to make a positive impact with targeted investment ensuring those involved have a positive experience and continue to be involved be it as a player, coach, club / league committee member, referee, parent or spectator."
Visit TheFA.com/HaveYourSay before the deadline on Monday 5 November 2018 to take part.