Facility Development

The process of facility development takes time and effort for all those involved in a proposal, the input of professional judgment will only strengthen the implementation of a clear and objective project. Northumberland FA strives to offer this service providing clubs and organisations with the skill set to complete developments in a transparent manner offering stakeholders the greatest chance of success.

The FA outlines eight key stages to a typical facility development project:

  • Stage One: Project Inception – considers the needs of the client furthermore evaluating the justification of the project.
  • Stage Two: Feasibility Study – outlines the needs of the project against what is actually possible.
  • Stage Three: Outline Proposal – demonstrates the technical aspects of the project, incorporating the previous two stages to develop a complete outline.
  • Stage Four: Scheme Design – confirms how the project will actually take shape.
  • Stage Five: Procurement – the actual sourcing of what is needed for the project, the correct handling of this stage can determine the success of a development.
  • Stage Six: Construction – implementation of all previous stages, managed by the project team, architect and quantity surveyor. It is critical contact remains between all stakeholders to ensure a transparent construction process where any issues can be resolved at the earliest opportunity.
  • Stage Seven: Completion – the development is officially handed over to the client once construction has been completed.
  • Stage Eight: Maintenance and Management – the continued management of the facility in terms of its maintenance, designed to ensure the quality of the facility.

Please take into account this is a generic process for the development of facilities, extra information on all stages can be found by downloading the attachments at the bottom of this article. If you are planning your own facility development please complete an expression of interest form, which can also be found using the following link: http://county-fa-eoi.thefa.me.uk/?cfa=36 

Instructions on how to use the expression of interest form correctly can be donwloaded from the bottom of this article. If you have any further questions or concerns about a possible or ongoing development project do not hesitate to contact County Development Manager Mark Woodhall on 0191 270 1166 or via email on Mark.Woodhall@northumberlandfa.com

A new joint venture between The FA, Premier League and Sport England through the Football Foundation will invest £150m over the next three years for the building, protection and enhancement of football facilities nationwide.

A May 2011 survey found that 84% of those asked highlighted poor facilities as a major issue affecting the national game, the launch of the National Facilities Strategy will aim to improve 3,000 natural pitches and 150 all-weather surfaces while also committing to building a further 100 artificial pitches.

The strategy will concentrate on a series of issues highlighted by The FA's exhaustive research including the quality of pitch surfaces, issues with basic facilities such as toilets and changing rooms, the lack of high quality artificial pitches available to clubs, a lack of floodlighting as well as a general feeling of not enough support being provided for volunteers. The strategy will combat all these issues in an unprecedented step through the implementation of a solely facilities orientated policy up to 2015. (Taken from NorthumberlandFA.com, 27th February 2013)

The link below takes you to the front page of the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund application process (Grantshot). This is the first initial step in the process for applying for capital investment from the Football Foundation – potential applicants are advised to contact their local County FA prior to submitting an application. 


Sport England have launched a capital programme of £5m to help mitigate some of the damage caused from the recent storms and flooding.

The primary focus of the programme will be playing fields and clubhouses in the most severely affected areas. The initial proposal is that clubs, Local Authorities and education establishments affected, can register their interest in applying for funds by completing a simple on-line word document which Sport England will collate, share and discuss with us before seeking a formal application.

This is a specific programme for flood and storm damage relief – other capital investment programmes continue to run as usual.






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