As part of the ongoing review of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the Football Foundation recently carried out a survey of all the Clubs that play at Step 1 to 6 and Tier 1 to 4 of the National League System (NLS) and Women's Football Pyramid (WFP).
One of the key findings of the initial survey was that Clubs suggested that the creation a centralised digital database of all of the stadiums in the NLS and WFP would be a welcome addition, and therefore they are now looking at beginning to learn much more about the grounds used across the pyramids.
The FSIF will therefore this summer begin to collate information so that the Football Foundation can develop and evolve a database of the facilities that can be used for the benefit of your Club, your league, The FA and the FSIF - and help them to target our funding where it is needed the most to support clubs. It will help to shape the FSIF criteria going forward and prioritise the most pressing areas of the non-league game whilst at the same time informing The FA's Ground Grading criteria as they look to assist clubs in developing their facilities to improve the overall financial sustainability of the clubs at this level of the game.
Provision of this information will be a mandatory requirement ahead of any future FSIF application so, in order to maintain eligibility for FSIF funding and any other funding opportunities that the Football Foundation make during the 2021/22 season, they would ask Clubs that they complete the survey by Friday 6th August 2021.
Links to the survey have been sent directly to Club Secretaries at Step 1 to 6 and Tier 1 and 2 via email. If Clubs have any queries, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. Please note that the survey for Clubs that play in the Women's Football Pyramid at Tier 3 and 4 will be released to those Clubs in August.