Football funding plan for Sheffield set to get the go-ahead

Councillor Isobel Bowler
Councillor Isobel Bowler
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A plan which will see more than £9 million invested in new football facilities in Sheffield is set to be rubber stamped next week.

Sheffield Council’s Cabinet is expected to give the go-ahead to the plan next week, which will involve the Football Association, city council and partners investing £9.6 million in up to six football ‘hubs’.

Last month FA Chairman Greg Dyke announced a national initiative to invest in grassroots facilities, with Sheffield chosen as the first city to benefit.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Football is the city’s biggest team sport with over 800 teams. It is significant for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits.

“However, The FA has recognised that the grassroots game throughout England faces a funding and participation crisis. Cuts to our budgets in Sheffield mean it is getting harder to maintain our local pitches, therefore we welcome this announcement especially as we will be the first city to agree a partnership with The FA to significantly improve football facilities for the thousands of children and adults alike who play football in Sheffield.”