Sport England has given grassroots football in the country a huge boost as they pumped £30million into its progression.
The funding will be filtered into the game over the next four years and will be mainly focused on 14 to 19-year-olds playing football, increasing and retaining the number of players in these age groups.
FA General Secretary Alex Horne told thefa.com: “We are delighted that Sport England has shown such strong support for our partnership and our joint work to deliver growth in grassroots football participation.
“Our National Game Strategy provides a clear plan for the improvement and growth of the grassroots game and this award will go a long way in complementing our own funding and that of our commercial partners in ensuring its delivery.
“Today’s announcement is great news in particular for our work in encouraging participation amongst 14-19 year olds and will be a real boost to our existing interventions and investment across boys, girls and disability football.”
Sport England’s investment will look to upgrade artificial surfaces that can be used all year round for coaching and matches.
Sport England’s Director of Sport Phil Smith said: “Our £30m investment into football reflects our ambition to get even more people enjoying the game.
“The targeted approach to get more young people playing will ensure that football remains a lifelong sport of choice for many, while high-quality facilities and improved coaching will help get more disabled people and women enjoying the sport.”