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Dacorum Local Football Facility Plan

May 2020

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Executive summary

In summary, the LFFP for Dacorum identifies opportunities to accurately target investment in football facilities across the local area.

The national funding partners have significantly increased investment to accelerate efforts to deliver more and better football facilities for the grassroots game and this plan proposes a programme of 28 priority projects for potential investment that will transform local football facilities, including 3G FTPs, improved grass pitches, changing rooms/ pavilions/clubhouses and small sided facilities.

This LFFP will be the go-to document for football facility investment in Dacorum. It does not however, guarantee the success of future funding applications; each priority project identified will still have to follow an application process to show how it will deliver key participation outcomes, be a good quality, sustainable facility and demonstrate suitable match-funding.

This plan has identified the following projects:

4 Full size 3G FTPs
59 Improved grass pitches
14 Changing rooms / pavilions/ clubhouses
8 Small sided facilities

Next steps

When each priority project is in a position to proceed, pre-application support will be provided by the Football Foundation and the Hertfordshire County FA. Local stakeholders are strongly encouraged to maintain positive partnerships with these organisations.

Successful LFFP delivery will require the collective effort of all local partners. It is recommended that the important work undertaken by local partners to produce this plan continues in the form of on-going dialogue and collaborative work to deliver priority projects and review progress.

This plan will be updated periodically to ensure it remains up to date. If you have a project/opportunity that was not identified at the time of writing this plan please contact Hertfordshire County FA.

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“Within 10 years, we aim to deliver great facilities wherever they're needed”

Introduction

This is the Local Football Facility Plan (LFFP) for Dacorum. It was prepared by Knight, Kavanagh and Page (KKP) with support from local partners, including:

  • The FA
  • Football Foundation
  • Hertfordshire County FA
  • Dacorum Borough Council
  • Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust
  • Herts Sports Partnership
  • Sport England

What is the goal?

Every local area in the Country will have a LFFP to enable investment in football facilities to be accurately targeted.

Who is behind this?

The Football Association, the Premier League and Sport England (on behalf of Government). This partnership finances the National Football Facility Strategy (NFFS) and commissions the Football Foundation to deliver it.

What is the purpose of this plan?

The national funding partners have significantly increased investment to accelerate efforts to deliver more and better football facilities for the grassroots game. The purpose of this plan is to identify the priority projects for potential investment in Dacorum.

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Why invest in football facilities?

As the nation’s most popular team sport, football has the power to contribute positively to vital social outcomes and health priorities. To maximise this power, facilities have to be welcoming environments to attract first-time users and repeat visits, whether for informal, recreational or competitive football.

Research clearly and continually demonstrates the positive impact high-quality football facilities, in the right locations, can have on participation and enjoyment. Latent demand exists, but facility quantity and quality has to ‘step up’ if football is to reach out to everyone.

How are we going to do it?

£1.3billion has been spent by football and Government since 2000 to enhance existing football facilities and build new ones. However, more is needed if football and Government’s shared objectives for participation, individual well-being and community cohesion are to be achieved.

Nationally, direct investment will be increased – initially to £69 million per annum from football and Government (a 15% increase on recent years). Locally, the work has already started - this LFFP will guide the allocation of 90% of national funds and forge stronger partnerships with local stakeholders to develop key sites. This, together with local match-funding will deliver over one billion pounds of investment into football facilities over the next 10-years.

What are the priorities for investment?

This LFFP, with guidance from local partners, has developed a list of high level projects for potential investment. Each is aligned to the investment priorities set out in the National Football Facilities Strategy, which include:

  • 1,000 new 3G football turf pitches (FTPs): in a mix of sizes and settings, dependent upon local needs. All aimed at enhancing the quality of the playing experience.
  • 20,000 improved natural-turf pitches: to help address drop-off due to a poor playing experience.
  • 1,000 new changing pavilions / clubhouses: all linked to priority sites.
  • Small-sided facilities: to grow the small-sided game for teams & leagues, recreational and informal play.

What outcomes will be achieved?

The priority projects for potential investment identified in this plan will help develop a sustainable network of quality facilities to drive participation across all parts of the game. Central to this are five key success factors: quality, inclusivity, sustainability, engagement and usage. Each identified project takes account of these factors.

The project list sets out all priority projects for potential investment. Each is scored against two principal factors: deliverability and the five key outcomes (as stated above).

The list will be used flexibly; project ‘rating’ does not determine the exact order in which it will progress to a funding application to the Football Foundation, as many factors influence this. The process for moving a project from this list and into the ‘pre-application stage’ will be managed by the Football Foundation.

How should this plan be used?

This LFFP will, in effect, be the go-to document for football facility investment in Dacorum.

Whilst it identifies priority projects for potential investment, it does not guarantee the success of future funding applications. Each project must still follow an application process to show how it will deliver key participation outcomes, become a quality and sustainable facility and demonstrate suitable match-funding.

When a project is in a position to proceed, the Football Foundation will determine a suitable timeframe to submit a grant application and pre-application support will be provided by Hertfordshire County FA and the Football Foundation.

Set a 10-Year vision to transform local football facilities
Identify priority projects to be delivered
Act as an investment portfolio for projects that require funding
Be updated on a regular basis

How should this plan NOT be used?

A LFFP is an investment portfolio of priority projects for potential investment - it is not a detailed demand and supply analysis of all pitch provision in a local area. It cannot be used as a replacement for a playing pitch strategy (PPS) and it will not be accepted as an evidence base for site change of use or disposal.

A LFFP will however build on available/existing local evidence and strategic plans and may adopt relevant actions from a PPS and/or complement these with additional investment priorities.

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Dacorum

Local area

Dacorum is in the South East Region.

The current population of the Authority (ONS 2018 Mid-Year Estimate) is 154,280. This is expected to rise to 175,472 by 2039.

Dacorum is ranked 36 out of 47 LAs in the region, and 261 out of 326 LAs nationally on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (ONS).

Dacorum's ethnic composition is primarily white (90.81%). This is higher than the national average (85.4%).

The proportion of Dacorum’s population represented by the BAME community is 9.19%. This is below the national average (14.6%)

Demographics

  • 2018
    154,280 Current population
  • 2039
    175,472 Projected population
  • 36th most deprived out of 47 local authorities in the region
  • 261st most deprived out of 326 local authorities in England

Ethnicity data

  • Asian (4.67%)
  • Black (2.06%)
  • Mixed (2.12%)
  • Other (0.33%)
  • White (90.81%)
21%
25%
25%

% of people that are inactive

  • Dacorum
  • Region
  • England

*ONS data and Sport England Active Lives Survey 2016/17

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Local partners

Local authority

DBC (Dacorum Borough Council) is currently preparing a new Local Plan. This will provide a new planning framework for Dacorum up to 2036 and set out the vision and objectives for the Borough. It will reconsider housing and employment need and investigate ways of meeting that need more fully. Further, it will allocate sites for housing, employment and other forms of development plus development management policies for the Authority.

The recently produced Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2019-2024 focuses on a vision for sports and physical activity across Dacorum. The stated vision is: “to provide opportunities for Dacorum's residents to be more active, helping to shape and promote a positive attitude towards physical activity and sport”. To achieve this, DBC is committed to ensuring that high quality leisure facilities are provided to meet the current and future needs of the Borough.

The Authority Playing Pitch Strategy was completed in 2019 and is available through the Council's website. The key findings in relation to football are to address the shortfall of four full size 3G FTPs in the analysis areas of Hemel Hempstead, Southern, Tring and Berkhamsted.

County football association

Dacorum is covered by the Hertfordshire County FA. It provides governance for, and development support to, all aspects of local football including coaches, referees, volunteers, clubs and leagues; supporting football for all. The County FA has a designated facilities investment lead officer who works to ensure the right facilities are located in the right locations.

Football Foundation

The Regional Engagement Manager and Regional Technical Project Manager at the Football Foundation work collaboratively with the County FA to provide pre-application support to priority projects for potential investment.

Football Foundation Investment

8 Total grants
  • £1,851,617 Total project cost
  • £1,024,036 Total grant value
  • 7 Sites improved
  • 2 New 3G FTPs
  • 1 Changing rooms / pavilions
  • 8 Grass pitches improved

See Football Foundation website for more info (http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/impact/where-our-money-goes)

Grant data above represents Football Foundation investment during the period 2000 - 2018.

Sport England

Has a network of planning managers who have a statutory role in the planning system to protect playing fields and provide consultation responses to planning applications relating to sporting facilities . They also play a key role in strategic planning for sports facilities, providing advice and support to local authorities to assess need for facilities in their local area.

Professional community club organisations (CCOs)

These offer a variety of programmes and services to support local communities (sporting and non-sporting). The Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust runs a variety of health, education, engagement, football and sporting activities in the local area.

Local leisure operator

Everyone Active is the key leisure operator in Dacorum. It currently runs a number of key sites including:

  • Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre
  • Jarman Park Athletics Track
  • Berkhamsted Leisure Centre
  • Longdean Sports Centre

Local consultation

This has taken place with a broad and diverse set of community groups in Dacorum. 42 individuals (representing 34 local organisations) were spoken to. The agencies consulted include:

  • Adeyfield Community Centre
  • The Adeyfield Academy
  • Ashlyn's School
  • Dacorum Sports Network
  • Osborne Communities

(See Appendix B for full list of consultees)

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Local football

Clubs

There are over 91,000 community football teams in England, spread over an expansive network of clubs and leagues. Dacorum has a total of 337 teams, which is comparable to local areas of a similar size.

The FA is investing to support clubs both on and off the pitch which includes an aim to have a qualified FA coach with every youth team by 2020/21. In addition, it will support 1,000 clubs to create full player pathways from youth to adult teams and develop 150 community football hubs with male and female pathways, disability and recreational playing opportunities.

Over the last 10-years there has been a significant national increase in the number of large multi-team football clubs. In Dacorum, eight clubs have more than 10 registered teams. These (based upon 2018-19 affiliation data) are:

  • Berkhamsted Raiders Youth - 104 teams
  • Bovingdon Juniors - 15 teams
  • Chipperfield Corinthians - 13 teams.
  • Echoes Youth - 10 teams
  • Hemel Aces - 31 teams
  • Hemel Hempstead Town Youth - 43 teams
  • Kings Langley Youth - 26 teams
  • Tring Tornadoes - 28 teams

Affiliated Teams

337 Teams
  • 51 Adult male teams
  • 4 Adult female teams
  • 30 Youth male teams
  • 22 Youth female teams
  • 3 Disability teams
  • 125 Mini-soccer teams

The FA Whole Game System- season 2018/19

Leagues

19 leagues operate across Hertfordshire. They offer competitive opportunities for many different players, including girls, disability, youth and adults. There are suitable arrangements for the provision of women’s football through a combined county Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Women’s League that hosts 20 Hertfordshire teams.The list of leagues which operate across the county includes:

  • East Herts Corinthian League – 57 teams– home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning.
  • Escolla Junior League – 4 teams – Futsal League
  • Garston Vets Over 35s League – 12 teams. Vets League
  • Hertford & District ORC Sports Football League– 32 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday morning
  • Hertfordshire Development League – 166 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday morning for U7-U11 age groups, with festivals throughout the season for certain age groups.
  • Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League – 257 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday morning for youth teams, with festivals for certain age groups throughout the season
  • Herts Advertiser Sunday Football League – 45 teams – home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning.
  • Herts Senior County League – 59 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Hitchin Sunday League – 33 teams – home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning
  • Mid Herts Rural Minors League – 756 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday or Sunday for Youth teams
  • Mid Herts Vets Football League – 15 teams – home and away fixtures on a Sunday
  • Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League – 36 teams – U18s home and away fixtures during midweek
  • Terry Reed North West Essex Sunday League – 18 teams – home and away fixtures on a Sunday
  • The Hertfordshire and Borders Churches Football League – 13 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday
  • The TrophyUK.net Royston Crow Youth Football League – 409 teams – home and away youth fixtures on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Watford Friendly League – 616 teams – home and away youth fixtures on a Sunday
  • Watford Sunday Football League – 43 teams – home and away fixtures on a Sunday
  • West Herts Saturday League – 19 teams – home and away fixtures on a Saturday
  • West Herts Youth League – 554 teams – home and away youth fixtures on a Sunday.

The County FA also reports some cross boundary migration between districts and across county boundaries.

Disability football

There are 9.4 million people in England with a long-standing limiting disability, illness or condition which equates to 18% of the population – almost one in five. Football playing opportunities should be flexible, inclusive and accessible for everyone, whatever their level of ability. This could entail inclusion in mainstream activity or teams / sessions specifically for people with a disability.

In Dacorum there are three football teams / sessions specifically for people with a disability. It is a priority of the County FA to grow this provision. For talented players the FA runs regional centres and England national squads.

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Women and girls

The FA has big ambitions for the female game and aims to double levels of participation by 2020. To achieve this requires a combined effort across four pathways: education, recreation, competition and talent.

Education environments have a huge impact on the first experience of football for young girls. This pathway can offer many opportunities for females of all ages to develop and grow a lifelong interest in football.

FA Wildcats girls football centres provide the first step on the recreational pathway, the programme provides girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football in a fun and engaging environment. Dacorum has two FA Wildcats girls football centres and the priority is to grow this activity.

At 26, Dacorum's number of female teams is comparable to local areas of a similar size. The County FA’s priority is to support existing clubs to grow and encourage more clubs to develop playing opportunities for females. The local girls’ league is the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League. League in which matches are played on a central venue basis. It is expected to grow provision in future years. The local adult female league is the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire County Women’s League. It too plays matches on a home and away basis and is expected to sustain provision in future years.

For talented players, the most local FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) is Arsenal Ladies. Higher level talent pathway opportunities are also provided regionally and nationally by the FA, culminating in the England Women’s national squads. The most local Women’s Super League team is Arsenal FC, whilst Stevenage Womens FC plays in the FA Womens National League Division 1 and Watford FC Ladies play in the FA WPL Premier Division (South). All three clubs provide player pathway opportunities for gifted and talented female players and a spectator interest for fans.

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Small sided football

Many different types of small-sided football are played in England, from teams and leagues to recreational and informal. It is an established and important part of the modern game.

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Small-sided teams and leagues are organised and competitive activities; typically with players registered to clubs and affiliated to leagues and their County FAs. Examples include futsal and local small-sided leagues running at venues such as sports halls, 3G FTPs or small-sided 3G centres. Key local providers across the County include:

  • Railway Friendly Flexi League
  • Herts 6s at Westfield Academy & Wodson Park
  • Futsal 5s Herts at Longdean School and The Hemel Hempstead School
  • Youth Futsal Series at Longdean School and The Hemel Hempstead School
  • Ultimate Football at Monks Walk School
  • Roundwood Park Vets League at Roundwood Park School

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, small sided team game that is widely played across the world. Typically it is played on an indoor surface with hockey-sized goals and a size 4 football with reduced ball bounce. It is the FA’s aim to ensure that futsal is available across the country.

Currently 43 futsal teams in Hertfordshire play in the ad-hoc tournaments and one-off events delivered by Hertfordshire FA, Regional Youth Futsal Series and leagues at key site locations including University of Hertfordshire, Ridgeway Academy, Aldenham Sports Centre, Ashlyns School, Longdean School, The Hemel Hempstead School, Clement Danes School, Hitchin Girls School and The Royal Masonic School. It is a priority for the County FA to further grow futsal for youth and adult players.

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Recreational football

Recreational football is played where facilities are typically booked and there might be someone to help organise. Examples include FA Just Play sessions, walking football and casual pitch hire for small-sided match play.

There is currently no FA Just Play centre in Dacorum, however it is anticipated that one will be delivered and recorded in place for July 2020. Walking football sessions are delivered by a range of community organisations such as Watford CSE Trust that are supported by Dacorum Council to allow partners to deliver the programmes. Other local recreational football programmes include Herts 6s and local community programme provisions run by a range of organisations including Herts Sports Partnership, Watford CSE Trust & Stevenage FC Foundation.

Informal football

Informal football is played in local parks and green spaces – it is free, open access and often played spontaneously (normal clothing is worn). Common examples include a kick-about at a local park or on a multi-use games area (MUGA).

Currently, informal football in Dacorum is played at a variety of sites across the local authority.

Summary

The key strengths of local football in Dacorum has been club development which has seen five clubs now having 20+ teams; it is recommended that this is sustained and further encouraged. Provision gaps include the need to increase the range of recreational programmes and better conversion of male and female youth teams (and transition of players) into adult teams

It is therefore recommended that the future football development priorities for Dacorum are:

  1. Increase the number of senior adult male football teams.
  2. Increase the number of adult female football teams.
  3. Support the transition of youth teams into adult football.
  4. Increase the range of recreational programmes across the area.
  5. Increase the provision of activities for those with a disability, be this through an increase in the number of teams or recreational football opportunity.

The facilities required to assist this are now set out in the Assets and opportunities section.

Each priority project that progresses to a funding application via the Football Foundation will produce a detailed ‘site development plan’ specifying all football development activity, usage and key partner engagement.

Assets and opportunities

This section reviews existing football facility assets in Dacorum. It identifies current issues and presents opportunities for improvements, including a list of priority projects for potential investment. Local assets and opportunities have been reviewed in line with four investment priorities:

  • 3G FTPs
  • Improved grass pitches
  • Changing room pavilions / clubhouses
  • Small sided facilities

To ensure a consistent and high quality approach, each local area is reviewed applying a standard approach, supplemented by input from consultation with local partners and stakeholder organisations.

While each investment priority is reviewed individually, it is understood that they can be inter-reliant; account is, thus, taken of these potential connections.

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3G football turf pitches (FTPs)

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Improved grass pitches

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Changing room pavilions/ clubhouses

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Small sided facilities

3G football turf pitches (FTPs)

3G FTPs are a high quality and indispensable part of modern football facilities; their impact cannot be underestimated. In recent years the industry has seen major innovations and improvements to artificial surfaces (and sports lighting). This has created playing surfaces that replicate a good standard natural turf pitch whilst significantly increasing levels of use (x20). All FTPs must have sports lighting to achieve this.

The high quality, consistent playing surface is the ideal environment to play the game and for young people to learn. With regular maintenance programmes, FTPs can be heavily used all year round with no decline in quality. They almost completely negate annoying fixture cancellations during winter months, helping football to be a key part of a regular physical activity habit.

High capacity levels offer a great opportunity to embrace all formats and engage all participants. A full-sized 3G caters for an average of 1,200 participants per week and is suitable for various location types. That means being fully inclusive to all sections of the community, with a particular focus on under-represented groups such as women and girls, people with a disability, BAME communities and people from lower socio-economic groups.

The way 3G FTPs are used is rapidly changing; current line-marking systems allow for match play across all formats of football (5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11). This enables significant levels of match-play to be transferred from grass to 3G.

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Assets and opportunities

The full-sized (11v11) 3G FTPs in Dacorum are located at:

  • Ashlyns School
  • Laureate Academy
  • The Hemel Hempstead School

Additionally, there is one small-sided 3G FTPs which can accommodate match play which is at Knox Johnson Leisure Centre (5v5 FTP) and a further two sites which offer training demand and recreational opportunities. These are:

  • Hemel Hempstead Town
  • Berkhamsted Leisure Centre

In addition, a small sided (5v5) 3G FTP is due to be developed at Grovehill and Woodhall Farm Adventure Playground without funding from the Football Foundation. The Dacorum 2019 PPS identifies the need for four additional full size 3G FTPs; one in each of the respective PPS analysis areas; Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Southern and Tring.

All existing 3G FTPs are available for community use. Two (those at The Hemel Hempstead School and Ashlyns School) are on the FA Register (meaning they are quality checked and can be used for football match play). It is strongly recommended that the third full-sized venue and the small sided FTPs located at Hemel Stags Rugby Club, Berkhamsted Leisure Centre and Knox Johnson Leisure Centre are also assessed and placed on the Register to enable more match play on 3G.

The geographic spread of existing facilities is presently uneven; concentrated in the population centres of Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.

There is a requirement for a full-sized 3G FTP in both Tring and the south (Kings Langley). Additional venues in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted are also required due to the high levels of affiliated football in these areas.

Local consultation confirms the issues associated with limited availability and long travel distances to train/play and delivery of the recommendations set out in this plan will address this.

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4 Full sized 3G FTP project(s)
0 Small sided 3G FTP project(s)

Priority projects

Four priority projects are identified - each serving a specific local catchment and addressing identified gaps in facility provision, as determined by the 2019 PPS.

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Berkhamsted 3G FTP

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Location

Location details: Berkhamsted 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Berkhamsted geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

This proposed facility will support Berkhamsted Raiders CFC, which have c100+ teams.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

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Location

Location details: Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Hemel Hempstead geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. The facility will support Hemel Hempstead Town Youth and Watford FC CSE Trust.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Southern 3G FTP

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Location

Location details: Southern 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Southern geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. This facility will support Kings Langley FC, Chipperfield Corinthians Youth and Bovingdon Juniors FC

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Tring 3G FTP

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Location

Location details: Tring 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Tring geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

Support Tring Tornadoes JFC and Tring Athletic Youth.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority 3G FTP projects

Improved grass pitches

Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England. All football players should have the opportunity to play on good quality grass pitches. However, FA data shows that 63% of pitches in England are poor / low quality and one in six games is cancelled. As such, poor pitch quality is consistently cited as the number one issue for players.

The priority is, therefore, to sustainably improve grass pitch quality across all main pitch owners (local authorities, education establishments and clubs). However, the level of maintenance required to obtain good quality standards is regularly affected by restricted budgets and limited knowledge/ training. Compaction and grass coverage are two key causes of poor quality pitches. Both are commonly treated via a maintenance driven solution (and do not necessarily require costly drainage schemes).

Playing fields are also a valuable resources for informal play and open-access sites are encouraged but, for many, problems such as dog fouling and vandalism mean that they need to be protected with mitigation measures such as fencing.

The key challenge is to create a sustainable approach to provide good quality football pitches for the long term. Most local authorities (78%) intend to increase pitch hire fees in the future. However, the majority of players (63%) believe facilities are already expensive and some (16%) believe prices are prohibitive. A sustainable solution should, therefore, carefully balance pitch quality and affordability.

While the education sector (37%) and local authorities (32%) are still the principal asset owners of grass pitches, clubs / leagues own or maintain an increasing share (currently 25%). Assets and opportunities have been considered across each sector.

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Assets and opportunities

There are currently 33 grass pitch sites in Dacorum with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three pitches but deemed to be of strategic importance). These contain 102 grass pitches.

Local consultation confirms common issues with poor pitch quality and that this needs to be addressed.

Of the 33 key pitch sites referenced it was determined that 17 should be prioritised. This will result in quality improvements to 59 pitches:

Priority projects

33 Key grass pitch sites
17 Sites prioritised for improvement
59 Full size pitch equivalents at these sites

17 priority projects for potential investment are identified. Pitch quality rating was evidenced by the PPS and ratified by local partners. Prioritisation was based on a rationale of selecting sites in poor condition that are, or offer the potential to be, well utilised and reflect the strategic focus to improve football participation.

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The Astley Cooper School

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Location

ASTLEY COOPER SCHOOL ST. AGNELLS LANE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7HL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Hempstead Town Youth (37 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: Key site for affiliated football. The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Berkhamsted Sports and Social Club

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Location

BERKHAMSTED SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB KITCHENERS FIELD CASTLE HILL, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders Youth (13 team affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

7

Bovingdon Football Club

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP3 0LE
Location

BOVINGDON FOOTBALL CLUB 9 GREEN VIEW CLOSE, BOVINGDON, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP3 0LE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Bovingdon FC (3 teams affiliated), Bovingdon Juniors (10 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. The site supports Bovingdon FC who play at Step 7 and any potential funding at the site would need to reflect this.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Cupid Green Sports Field

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7BB
Location

CUPID GREEN SPORTS FIELD THE ORCHARD REDBOURN ROAD, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7BB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Echoes Youth (8 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

10

Grovehill Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 6LB
Location

GROVEHILL PLAYING FIELDS 23 WOOTTON DRIVE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 6LB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (7)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: seven full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Bowman Athletic (1 team), Queens Head FC (1 team), The Midland (1 team)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as poor quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male

11

High Street Green Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7AB
Location

HIGH STREET GREEN PLAYING FIELD 2 CONNAUGHT CLOSE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7AB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Harriers FC (1 team), Hemel Tudors (1 team)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male

12

Little Gaddesden Playing Fields

Berkhamsted, HP4 1NX
Location

LITTLE GADDESDEN PLAYING FIELDS Church Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NX

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Little Gaddesden Rangers (4 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

13

Pennine Way

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 5PN
Location

PENNINE WAY 1 CORNER FARM PLACE PENNINE WAY, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 5PN

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: four full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Echoes Youth (1 team affiliated), Hemel Aces (5 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

14

Longdean Sports Centre

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP3 8JH
Location

LONGDEAN SCHOOL SPORTS CENTRE HILL COMMON, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP3 8JH

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Aces (4 teams)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

15

The Adeyfield Academy

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 4DE
Location

THE ADEYFIELD SCHOOL LONGLANDS, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 4DE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Hemel Hempstead Town Youth (2 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: The mini pitches on site are of standard quality, whilst the youth pitches on site are of poor quality as per the PPS. Potential land release towards the bottom of the site may allow for the development of a new sports hall which could support futsal.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Warners End Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP1 3JT
Location

WARNERS END 4 QUINCES CROFT, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP1 3JT

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (9)
  • New Changing Pavilion (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: nine full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: 10 teams affiliated from five clubs

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

17

Velvet Lawn

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 2JJ
Location

VELVET LAWN 2 BRIARWAY, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 2JJ

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Sunday League

Rationale: grass pitches were rated inadequate from a regional pitch advisor, new ancillary facilities required

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

18

Durrants Lane

HP4 3PL
Location

Durrants Lane , HP4 3PL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, no ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: A youth 9v9 and youth 11v11 pitch will be provided as part of S106 agreement and these will be accessed by Berkhamsted Raiders FC. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

19

Pound Meadow

TRING, HP23 6HA
Location

POUND MEADOW DUNSLEY HOUSE LONDON ROAD, TRING, Hertfordshire, HP23 6HA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

46% (5.6/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Tring Tornadoes JFC

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary provision were rated as poor quality as per the most recent PPS. Identified as a site that has the potential to be strategic for football.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

20

Tring School / Sports Centre

TRING, HP23 5JD
Location

SPORTSPACE TRING MORTIMER HILL, TRING, Hertfordshire, HP23 5JD

Facilities
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, one full size sand AGP

Current users: Tring Tornadoes (11 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: New sports hall is to be developed on site in 2021 as part of school redevelopment – potential for the site to support futsal (line markings and goals required).

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

28

Lagley Meadow

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 1DL
Location

LAGLEY MEADOW VICTORY ROAD, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 1DL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (1)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: Poor quality ancillary facilities, standard quality pitches as per the most recent PPS. Considered a key site for football as per discussions with the LFFP steering group. Demand of site needs to be fully understood as a precursor to any investment.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

30

Grove Road Primary School

Unknown
Location

Location details:

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents. changing rooms,.

Current users: Tring Tornadoes

Rationale: Standard quality grass pitches- investment required. Also, potential for a toilet block required.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority grass pitch sites

Changing room pavilions / clubhouses

These can provide a number of different benefits. While the primary function is normally the provision of changing rooms to accommodate match-play and training (for players and officials), there can be equal value in facilities such as community and education rooms, catering facilities and spectator toilets.

Each project will take a progressive approach to pavilions and clubhouses (beyond the provision of changing rooms) and be open to new opportunities to engage the whole community. That means, creating environments that are welcoming to players, spectators, volunteers, officials and all sections of the community.

Such assets should support other investment priorities (e.g. 3G FTPs and grass pitches) and be located at sites that will have the greatest impact on local communities. To ensure this, focus is given to sites with three or more full-size pitch equivalents. However, as pitch quality is the number one priority for players this is prioritised before investment in changing room pavilions /clubhouses.

Clearly, facilities need to be well managed and maintained to keep them in a good state of repair. Consideration will be given to reviewing the best operator solution for key sites and the installation of revenue generating features such as catering facilities and community rooms. To achieve this, business plan support will be given to each priority project as it progresses to an application to the Football Foundation.

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Assets and opportunities

Of the 33 key grass pitch sites in Dacorum with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three but deemed to be of strategic importance), 19 have suitable changing rooms, four require improvement/replacement and six have no facilities and requires new ancillary facilities to support youth football.

In addition to the pavilions needed to service grass pitch sites, new ancillary facilities may be required as part of the development of the new 3G FTP facilities in the four geographical areas identified.

19 Key sites have suitable changing rooms / pavilions / clubhouses
4 Require improvement / replacement
10 Have no facilities and require new builds

Priority projects

14 priority projects for potential investment are identified.

1

Berkhamsted 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Berkhamsted 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Berkhamsted geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

This proposed facility will support Berkhamsted Raiders CFC, which have c100+ teams.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

2

Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Hemel Hempstead geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. The facility will support Hemel Hempstead Town Youth and Watford FC CSE Trust.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

3

Southern 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Southern 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Southern geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. This facility will support Kings Langley FC, Chipperfield Corinthians Youth and Bovingdon Juniors FC

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

4

Tring 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Tring 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Tring geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

Support Tring Tornadoes JFC and Tring Athletic Youth.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Cupid Green Sports Field

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7BB
Location

CUPID GREEN SPORTS FIELD THE ORCHARD REDBOURN ROAD, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7BB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Echoes Youth (8 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

9

Gaywood Park

KINGS LANGLEY, WD4 8AL
Location

GAYWOOD PARK HEMPSTEAD ROAD, KINGS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire, WD4 8AL

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Kings Langley Youth (19 teams affiliated), Kings Langley FC (2 teams affiliated), Watford FC Ladies 92 teams)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as good quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. The current ancillary facilities require an extension. The site supports Kings Langley FC who play at Step 3 and any potential funding at the site would need to reflect this.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

11

High Street Green Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7AB
Location

HIGH STREET GREEN PLAYING FIELD 2 CONNAUGHT CLOSE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7AB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Harriers FC (1 team), Hemel Tudors (1 team)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male

12

Little Gaddesden Playing Fields

Berkhamsted, HP4 1NX
Location

LITTLE GADDESDEN PLAYING FIELDS Church Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NX

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Little Gaddesden Rangers (4 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

13

Pennine Way

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 5PN
Location

PENNINE WAY 1 CORNER FARM PLACE PENNINE WAY, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 5PN

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: four full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Echoes Youth (1 team affiliated), Hemel Aces (5 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Warners End Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP1 3JT
Location

WARNERS END 4 QUINCES CROFT, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP1 3JT

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (9)
  • New Changing Pavilion (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: nine full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: 10 teams affiliated from five clubs

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

17

Velvet Lawn

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 2JJ
Location

VELVET LAWN 2 BRIARWAY, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 2JJ

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Sunday League

Rationale: grass pitches were rated inadequate from a regional pitch advisor, new ancillary facilities required

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

18

Durrants Lane

HP4 3PL
Location

Durrants Lane , HP4 3PL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, no ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: A youth 9v9 and youth 11v11 pitch will be provided as part of S106 agreement and these will be accessed by Berkhamsted Raiders FC. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

28

Lagley Meadow

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 1DL
Location

LAGLEY MEADOW VICTORY ROAD, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 1DL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (1)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: Poor quality ancillary facilities, standard quality pitches as per the most recent PPS. Considered a key site for football as per discussions with the LFFP steering group. Demand of site needs to be fully understood as a precursor to any investment.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

30

Grove Road Primary School

Unknown
Location

Location details:

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents. changing rooms,.

Current users: Tring Tornadoes

Rationale: Standard quality grass pitches- investment required. Also, potential for a toilet block required.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority changing room pavilions / clubhouse projects

Small sided facilities

Good facilities are important to all small sided football players, but it is important to understand the different formats of the small-sided game and the various facility types they relate to.

Research suggests that small-sided players in teams and leagues, and in recreational sessions, prefer a 3G surface type because it replicates a good standard natural turf pitch. These facilities have already been covered in the 3G FTP section of this LFFP.

Indoor environments currently accommodate 20% of football participation and are also popular with players in teams and leagues and recreational sessions . Indoor sports halls are most popular, along with some community halls and indoor 3G centres. Environments need to be engaging, have clear line-marking and the correct size goalposts.

Informal players require facilities that are open and free to access as this enables play opportunities that are often spontaneous. In these circumstances multi-use games areas (MUGAs) can be effective in areas of high urban population and limited green space. Such facilities can be modern, bright, creative and engaging. While this plan will identify suitable locations for such facilities, the design and specifics of the facility type can be agreed at a later stage with Football Foundation staff when projects are ready to progress to pre-application stage.

Parks and open green spaces are also important to informal play and require goalposts and zones that are free from litter and dog fouling.

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Priority projects

2 Improved indoor spaces
6 MUGAs
0 Better parks / open green spaces

Indoor

Local consultation indicates that two indoor facilities require improvement to develop small-sided football.

Multi use games areas

Six potential opportunities for MUGAs are identified. In each case the rationale is that sites will serve an area of significant population, with relatively high proportions of people from lower social economic groups and corresponding high local demand for informal football.

Parks and open green spaces

Following consultation, no locations were identified to support small sided informal football at present.

15

The Adeyfield Academy

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 4DE
Location

THE ADEYFIELD SCHOOL LONGLANDS, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 4DE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Hemel Hempstead Town Youth (2 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: The mini pitches on site are of standard quality, whilst the youth pitches on site are of poor quality as per the PPS. Potential land release towards the bottom of the site may allow for the development of a new sports hall which could support futsal.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

20

Tring School / Sports Centre

TRING, HP23 5JD
Location

SPORTSPACE TRING MORTIMER HILL, TRING, Hertfordshire, HP23 5JD

Facilities
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, one full size sand AGP

Current users: Tring Tornadoes (11 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: New sports hall is to be developed on site in 2021 as part of school redevelopment – potential for the site to support futsal (line markings and goals required).

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

21

Highfield

Unknown
Location

Location details: Highfield

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

22

Bennetts End

Unknown
Location

Location details: Bennetts End

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

24

Tring

Unknown
Location

Location details: Tring

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. New MUGA required as per DBC Open Space study, location to be determined.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

25

Berkhamsted

Unknown
Location

Location details: Berkhamsted

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football, new MUGA required following DBC consultation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

26

Hemel Hempstead Town Centre

Unknown
Location

Location details: Hemel Hempstead Town Centre

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: potential to provide a facility to support informal and recreational football following DBC consultation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

27

Cherry Tree Lane

Unknown
Location

Location details: Cherry Tree Lane

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: no facilities currently on site

Current users: informal and recreational users

Rationale: potential to enhance the site to support informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority Indoor Projects

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Priority MUGA and Parks and Open Green Space Projects

Appendix A: Priority project list

This list sets out all priority projects for potential investment. Each is scored against two principal factors: deliverability and outcomes (quality, inclusivity, sustainability, engagement and usage).

The list will be used flexibly; project ‘rating’ does not determine the exact order in which it will progress to a funding application to the Football Foundation as many factors influence this. The process for moving a project from this list and into the ‘pre-application stage’ will be managed by the Football Foundation.

1

Berkhamsted 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Berkhamsted 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Berkhamsted geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

This proposed facility will support Berkhamsted Raiders CFC, which have c100+ teams.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

2

Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Hemel Hempstead 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Hemel Hempstead geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. The facility will support Hemel Hempstead Town Youth and Watford FC CSE Trust.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

3

Southern 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Southern 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Southern geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required. This facility will support Kings Langley FC, Chipperfield Corinthians Youth and Bovingdon Juniors FC

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

4

Tring 3G FTP

Unknown
Location

Location details: Tring 3G FTP

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: A number of potential sites have been identified to help meet the shortfall of one full size 3G FTP within the Tring geographical area. Further feasibility works are required to determine the most appropriate location for this facility. Depending on the preferred location, new or enhanced ancillary provision may be required.

Support Tring Tornadoes JFC and Tring Athletic Youth.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Disability; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

5

The Astley Cooper School

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7HL
Location

ASTLEY COOPER SCHOOL ST. AGNELLS LANE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7HL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Hempstead Town Youth (37 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: Key site for affiliated football. The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

6

Berkhamsted Sports and Social Club

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 1HE
Location

BERKHAMSTED SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB KITCHENERS FIELD CASTLE HILL, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders Youth (13 team affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

7

Bovingdon Football Club

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP3 0LE
Location

BOVINGDON FOOTBALL CLUB 9 GREEN VIEW CLOSE, BOVINGDON, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP3 0LE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Bovingdon FC (3 teams affiliated), Bovingdon Juniors (10 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. The site supports Bovingdon FC who play at Step 7 and any potential funding at the site would need to reflect this.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Cupid Green Sports Field

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7BB
Location

CUPID GREEN SPORTS FIELD THE ORCHARD REDBOURN ROAD, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7BB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Echoes Youth (8 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

9

Gaywood Park

KINGS LANGLEY, WD4 8AL
Location

GAYWOOD PARK HEMPSTEAD ROAD, KINGS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire, WD4 8AL

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Kings Langley Youth (19 teams affiliated), Kings Langley FC (2 teams affiliated), Watford FC Ladies 92 teams)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as good quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. The current ancillary facilities require an extension. The site supports Kings Langley FC who play at Step 3 and any potential funding at the site would need to reflect this.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

10

Grovehill Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 6LB
Location

GROVEHILL PLAYING FIELDS 23 WOOTTON DRIVE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 6LB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (7)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: seven full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Bowman Athletic (1 team), Queens Head FC (1 team), The Midland (1 team)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as poor quality and the ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male

11

High Street Green Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7AB
Location

HIGH STREET GREEN PLAYING FIELD 2 CONNAUGHT CLOSE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 7AB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Harriers FC (1 team), Hemel Tudors (1 team)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male

12

Little Gaddesden Playing Fields

Berkhamsted, HP4 1NX
Location

LITTLE GADDESDEN PLAYING FIELDS Church Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NX

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Little Gaddesden Rangers (4 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

13

Pennine Way

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 5PN
Location

PENNINE WAY 1 CORNER FARM PLACE PENNINE WAY, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 5PN

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: four full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Echoes Youth (1 team affiliated), Hemel Aces (5 teams affiliated)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as standard quality in the most recent PPS. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

14

Longdean Sports Centre

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP3 8JH
Location

LONGDEAN SCHOOL SPORTS CENTRE HILL COMMON, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP3 8JH

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, adequate ancillary facilities

Current users: Hemel Aces (4 teams)

Rationale: The grass pitches were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

15

The Adeyfield Academy

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 4DE
Location

THE ADEYFIELD SCHOOL LONGLANDS, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP2 4DE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents

Current users: Hemel Hempstead Town Youth (2 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: The mini pitches on site are of standard quality, whilst the youth pitches on site are of poor quality as per the PPS. Potential land release towards the bottom of the site may allow for the development of a new sports hall which could support futsal.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Warners End Playing Fields

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP1 3JT
Location

WARNERS END 4 QUINCES CROFT, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire, HP1 3JT

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (9)
  • New Changing Pavilion (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: nine full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: 10 teams affiliated from five clubs

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary facilities were rated as poor quality in the most recent PPS.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

17

Velvet Lawn

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 2JJ
Location

VELVET LAWN 2 BRIARWAY, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 2JJ

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Sunday League

Rationale: grass pitches were rated inadequate from a regional pitch advisor, new ancillary facilities required

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

18

Durrants Lane

HP4 3PL
Location

Durrants Lane , HP4 3PL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: two full size grass pitch equivalents, no ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: A youth 9v9 and youth 11v11 pitch will be provided as part of S106 agreement and these will be accessed by Berkhamsted Raiders FC. New ancillary facilities required to support youth football.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

28

Lagley Meadow

BERKHAMSTED, HP4 1DL
Location

LAGLEY MEADOW VICTORY ROAD, BERKHAMSTED, Hertfordshire, HP4 1DL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (1)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Berkhamsted Raiders CFC

Rationale: Poor quality ancillary facilities, standard quality pitches as per the most recent PPS. Considered a key site for football as per discussions with the LFFP steering group. Demand of site needs to be fully understood as a precursor to any investment.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

30

Grove Road Primary School

Unknown
Location

Location details:

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents. changing rooms,.

Current users: Tring Tornadoes

Rationale: Standard quality grass pitches- investment required. Also, potential for a toilet block required.

Project Focus

Youth female; Youth male

19

Pound Meadow

TRING, HP23 6HA
Location

POUND MEADOW DUNSLEY HOUSE LONDON ROAD, TRING, Hertfordshire, HP23 6HA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

46% (5.6/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, inadequate ancillary provision

Current users: Tring Tornadoes JFC

Rationale: The grass pitches and ancillary provision were rated as poor quality as per the most recent PPS. Identified as a site that has the potential to be strategic for football.

Project Focus

Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

20

Tring School / Sports Centre

TRING, HP23 5JD
Location

SPORTSPACE TRING MORTIMER HILL, TRING, Hertfordshire, HP23 5JD

Facilities
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: one full size grass pitch equivalent, one full size sand AGP

Current users: Tring Tornadoes (11 teams affiliated), school users

Rationale: New sports hall is to be developed on site in 2021 as part of school redevelopment – potential for the site to support futsal (line markings and goals required).

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

21

Highfield

Unknown
Location

Location details: Highfield

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

22

Bennetts End

Unknown
Location

Location details: Bennetts End

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

24

Tring

Unknown
Location

Location details: Tring

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football. New MUGA required as per DBC Open Space study, location to be determined.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

25

Berkhamsted

Unknown
Location

Location details: Berkhamsted

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: Opportunity to develop informal and recreational football, new MUGA required following DBC consultation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

26

Hemel Hempstead Town Centre

Unknown
Location

Location details: Hemel Hempstead Town Centre

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Not known

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: N/A - site unknown

Current users: N/A - site unknown

Rationale: potential to provide a facility to support informal and recreational football following DBC consultation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

27

Cherry Tree Lane

Unknown
Location

Location details: Cherry Tree Lane

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

42% (5.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: no facilities currently on site

Current users: informal and recreational users

Rationale: potential to enhance the site to support informal and recreational football. Area of high deprivation.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.

Appendix B: Consultation list

A range of local agencies and larger (usually 10 plus team) local football clubs were invited to participate in the LFFP consultation. Those that contributed are listed below:

  • Adeyfield Community Centre - Manager
  • Everyone Active - Area Contract Manager
  • Herts Disability Sports Foundation - Sports Projects Officer
  • Herts Senior County League - Inclusive Division
  • The Adeyfield Academy - Trust Business Manager
  • Ashlyn's School - Senior Finance and Operations Manager
  • Ashlyn's School - Premises Manager
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Strategic Planning and Regeneration Officer
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Community Partnerships Team Leader
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Community Partnerships and Wellbeing Officer
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Playground Operations Lead Officer
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Open Spaces Officer
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Parks Officer
  • Dacorum Borough Council - Estates Manager
  • Dacorum Sports Network - Secretary
  • Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust - Head of Facilities and Inclusion
  • Herts Sports Partnership - Strategic Lead for Sport
  • Tring School - Sports Centre Manager
  • Tring School - Business Director
  • Osborne Communities - Communtiy Investment Manager
  • Dacorum School Sports Network - Dacorum School Sports Manager
  • The Astley Cooper School - Facilities Manager
  • Kings Langley School - Learning Area Leader for Physical & Outdoor Education
  • Berkhamsted Town Council - Deputy Town Clerk
  • Black Horse FC (Chesham) – Manager (via survey)
  • Berkhamsted Raiders CFC – Chairman (via survey)
  • Chipperfield Corinthians Youth FC – Chairman (via survey)
  • Berkhamsted Raiders CFC – Chairman (via survey)
  • Markyate Youth FC – Secretary (via survey)
  • Tudor Crown – Secretary (via survey)
  • Berkhamsted FC – Secretary (via survey)
  • Kings Langley FC – Secretary (via survey)
  • Tring Tornadoes JSC – Chairman (via survey)
  • Tring Athletic Youth – Secretary (via survey)
  • Hemel Harriers FC – Manager (via survey)
  • Adeyfield Tudors – Chairman (via survey)
  • Hemel Raiders FC – Manager (via survey)
  • Magpies 91 FC – Secretary (via survey)
  • AFC Aylesbury – Secretary (via survey)
  • Hemel Tudors – Secretary (via survey)
  • Box Athletic FC – Manager (via survey)
  • Hemel Aces – Secretary (via survey)