The Football Association [The FA] has announced its annual survey for participants in Cumberland to provide feedback on the grassroots football provision in the local area.
Players, coaches, parents, supporters, volunteers, referees, club and league officials across Cumberland now have the opportunity to highlight areas where they require support, suggest areas for improvement and outline the impact of particular campaigns or schemes.
Since the online survey was originally launched, the responses of more than 100,000 grassroots participants have helped to inform the decision making and allocation of resources by The FA and respective County FAs.
Results from the 2018/19 edition identified five key areas – both on and off the pitch – where a renewed focus is required:
1. Identify the resources and tools that clubs need the most support with
2. Foster the right experience for participants at this level of the game
3. Encourage young people to stay active in different roles across the game
4. Ensure the RESPECT campaign has a positive impact on all participants
5. Adapt to the changing nature of modern grassroots football
Ben Snowdon, Cumberland FA CEO, said: "As a County FA we want to live our tag line of 'Your Game, Your County FA' and the National Grassroots Survey is one of the main ways we can consult with the grassroots game.
In the past we have used the comments received to improve our service and delivery. We really want constructive feedback so that we can all work together to make a difference in the game we love."
Following feedback from last year’s survey, Cumberland FA have among other developments, established an e-newsletter so all those involved in grassroots football can receive regular updates on supporting the grassroots game; developed a network of FA Referee Mentors to support new match officials across the county; set up a FleXI League to support the transition of U16s and U18s into adult football; developed a Walking Football league and festival structure to increase playing opportunities for over 50s; supported adult teams playing within County leagues with funding worth more than £10,000 through the retention fund and worked with them to unlock The FA Charter Standard benefits.
Have Your Say in the 2019/20 Grassroots Football Survey
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