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Local Football Facility Plan North Lincolnshire

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Introduction

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

  • The FA
  • Lincolnshire County FA
  • Football Foundation
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Sport England
  • Active Humber

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 North Lincolnshire.

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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.

How should this plan be used?

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


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 & sustainable facility and demonstrate suitable match-funding.


When each 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 Lincolnshire 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 up 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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North Lincolnshire

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Local area

North Lincolnshire is in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The current population of the authority (ONS 2017 Mid-Year Estimate) is 170,786. This is expected to rise to 176,686 by 2039.

North Lincolnshire is ranked 13 out of 21 LAs in the region, and 134 out of 326 LAs nationally on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (ONS).

North Lincolnshire's ethnic composition is primarily white (96%). This is higher than the national average (85.4%).

The proportion of North Lincolnshire’s population represented by the BAME community is 4%. This is below the national average (14.6%).

Demographics

  • 170,786 Current population (2016)
  • 176,686 Projected population (2039)
  • 13th most deprived out of 21 local authorities in the region
  • 134th most deprived out of 326 local authorities in England

Ethnicity data

  • Asian (2.72%)
  • Black (0.3%)
  • Mixed (0.74%)
  • Other (0.25%)
  • White (96%)
32%
28%
26%

% of people that are inactive

  • North Lincolnshire
  • Region
  • England

ONS data and Sport England Active Lives Survey 2016/17

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Local partners

Local authority

The North Lincolnshire Council Core Strategy (2010-2026) states that it is committed to working with its partners, appropriate agencies and the voluntary sector to ensure provision of good quality, well maintained leisure, recreation and open space facilities, which meet the needs of its local communities. This links to its Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016) which sets out the objective to promote community health and wellbeing by maintaining and providing quality open spaces, play and sports facilities, better access to the countryside and improved health facilities.

It is in the process of developing its new PPS. This will replace and update the previous version which was adopted in 2013.

County football association

North Lincolnshire is covered by the Lincolnshire 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. It 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.

County Sport Partnership

North Lincolnshire is covered by Active Humber, the Active Partnership for the County area, which has a remit to support people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their health & wellbeing by taking part in regular physical activity and sport; working to and supporting Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation strategy at a county level.

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 Scunthorpe United Community Trust runs a variety of health, education, engagement, football and sporting activities within the local area.

Local leisure operator

North Lincolnshire Council is the key leisure operator in North Lincolnshire. It currently operates key sites including sports centres (seven), 3G FTPs (two) and a total of 18 grass pitches.

Local consultation

This has taken place with a broad and diverse set of community groups in North Lincolnshire. 23 individuals (representing 19 local organisations) were spoken to. The agencies consulted include:

  • ONGO Communities
  • Get Ahead Partnership
  • Appleby Frodingham Sports & Social Club
  • Scunthorpe Sunday Football League

(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. North Lincolnshire has a total of 257 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 North Lincolnshire, nine clubs have more than ten registered teams. These (based upon 2018-19 affiliation data) are:

  • Bottesford Town FC - 26 teams
  • Appleby Froddingham JFC - 22 teams
  • Epworth Town Colts AFC - 19 teams
  • Dale Park Youth Organisation - 14 teams
  • Brigg Town JFC -13 teams
  • Crowle Colts Juniors - 12 teams
  • Messingham Juniors – 12 teams
  • Barton Junior FC – 11 teams
  • Park Tigers JFC – 11 teams

Affiliated Teams

257 Teams
  • 64 Adult male teams
  • 5 Adult female teams
  • 51 Youth male teams
  • 7 Youth female teams
  • 1 Disability teams
  • 76 Mini-soccer teams

The FA Whole Game System- season 2017/18

Leagues

Several leagues operate across North Lincolnshire; these include;

  • EC Surfacing LTD Scunthorpe & District Football League -17 teams, offers competitive opportunities for adult male players.
  • Jack Kalson Junior League (Sunday) - 55 teams, offers competitive opportunities for youth players.
  • Jack Kalson League (Saturday) - 50 teams, offers competitive opportunities for youth players.
  • Liberty Merchant Bar Junior Football League - 96 teams, offers competitive opportunities for youth players.
  • Paul Fox Scunthorpe & District Sunday League - 30 teams, offers competitive opportunities for adult male players.
  • Lincoln Co-Op Mid Lincs Youth League - male and female provision – 398 teams total with 5 teams from North Lincolnshire – home and away / central venue / central venue at multiple sites - all
  • Gainsborough Standard Sunday League - 26 teams total with 4 teams from North Lincolnshire - home and away
  • Lincolnshire Intermediate Football League - 17 teams in total with 4 teams from North Lincolnshire - home and away

The County FA reports cross boundary migration to/from North Lincolnshire due to teams migrating playing in the East Riding Girls Football League / Doncaster & District Junior Sunday League / East Riding Womens League & East Riding Hull & District Veterans Football League

Disability football

There are 9.4million 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 North Lincolnshire there is one football team 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. North Lincolnshire has one FA Wildcats girls football centre and the priority is to grow this activity.

At 14, North Lincolnshire 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 from Under 12’s upwards is the Lincoln Co-Op Mid Lincs Youth League in which matches are played on a home and away basis. League provision for Under 11’s and below is the Lincolnshire Girls & Goals League. Both are expected to grow provision in future years. The local adult female league is the Lincolnshire Womens County Football League. It too plays matches on a home and away and is expected to grow its provision in future years.

For talented players, the most local FA regional talent clubs (RTCs) are Doncaster Belles and York City (located in Doncaster and Yorks respectively). Higher level talent pathway opportunities are also provided regionally and nationally by the FA, culminating in the England Women’s national squads. The nearest Women’s Super League team is Sheffield United which provides 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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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.

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 include Powerplay.

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 Futsal is available across the country.

There are currently no futsal teams in North Lincolnshire. It is a priority for the County FA to grow opportunity for Futsal for all 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 are currently no FA Just Play Centres in North Lincolnshire. Walking football and Just Play have been prioritised by the County FA for further growth and development. Other local recreational football programmes include pro-club community scheme activity delivered by Scunthorpe United Community Trust and casual, recreational bookings which are made available by a range of organisations.

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 North Lincolnshire is played across local parks within the local authority.

Summary

The key strengths of local football in North Lincolnshire include Llague provision for adult male and youth football, local teams accessing leagues across the county that offer suitable provision and the amount of clubs with ten plus teams. Provision needs to be sustained and also encouraged to grow further. However, gaps in provision do exist these include FA Just Play Centres, small sided opportunity, disability football and SSE Wildcats centres.

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

  1. Just Play centres
  2. Small sided opportunity
  3. Disability football provision
  4. Female provision
  5. Walking Football

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

In addition, 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

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This section reviews existing football facility assets in North Lincolnshire. 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 has been 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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3G football turf pitches (FTPs)

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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

Existing full-sized (11v11) 3G FTPs in North Lincolnshire are:

  • Baysgarth School
  • Fredrick Gough School

Additionally, there are currently four small-sided 3G FTP centres in North Lincolnshire:

  • Axholme North Leisure Centre (9v9)
  • South Axholme Academy (9v9)
  • Brumby Hall (7v7)
  • The St Lawrence Academy (7v7)

Both of the full size 3G FTPs are available for community use although there are some temporary restrictions at Fredrick Gough School. Partners are currently working to resolve this issue and reinstate full use. This site is regarded as part of the local 3G FTP supply.

Both full size 3G FTPs, as well as the 9v9 3G FTP at Axholme North Leisure Centre are on the FA Register for 3G FTPs (meaning they are quality checked and can be used for football match play). It is strongly recommended that the 9v9 3G FTP at South Axholme Academy and any future 3G FTPs developed in the area are on the register to enable more match play on 3G.

There is no current PPS and a new one is in process. As a consequence, demand for full sized 3G FTPs has been calculated using the FA training ratio model 1:38. On the basis that there are 257 teams in North Lincolnshire, there is a requirement for seven full sized 3G FTPs (rounded up from 6.7). There is, thus, a shortfall of five full-sized 3G FTPs.

Due to the fact that there are also two 9v9 3G FTPs available for community use, it was agreed that the shortfall position with regard to full-sized 3G FTPs might need to be reviewed; pending relaxation of the present restrictions on use at the Fredrick Gough School, this is yet to be confirmed.

The geographic spread of existing facilities is uneven, current provision is mainly located in the centre of the Borough (which has the highest population and levels of deprivation) and the west of the Authority. There are provision gaps in the east and south to address; the east of the area in particular also has pockets of higher deprivation.

Local consultation reveals common issues to tackle in respect of limited availability, cost of hire and insufficient opportunity for match play on 3G as well as the specific issues related to access to Fredrick Gough School.

2 Current full sized 3G FTPs
5 Full sized 3G FTP project(s)
0 Small sided 3G FTP project(s)

Priority projects

Five priority projects for potential investment are identified, all for full-sized 3G FTPs. Each site was selected based upon a rationale of good access, high population, geographic spread, existing facility quality and capacity to cater for people living in areas with high levels of deprivation.

1

Brumby Hall (Appleby Frodingham Works Athletic Club)

Location

APPLEBY FRODINGHAM WORKS ATHLETIC CLUB ASHBY ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN16 1AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (2)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.3/4

Overall score

80% (9.6/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: five full size pitch equivalents, small sided (7v7) 3G FTP, full size sand filled AGP (which is key for hockey in the area) and changing facilities. This site connects to two other football sites; Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC) and the Co-Op Sports Ground, with three and five full size pitch equivalents respectively. The site is also adjacent to to the Pods leisure centre.

Current users: 25 teams from two clubs; Appleby Frodingham JFC and Redbourn F.C. Site also accessed by John Leggott College and North Lindsey College, as well as Scunthorpe United Community Trust. The Trust deliver the On Target initiative here on behalf of the Council. Additionally, the current civic centre is soon to be converted into a university campus in links with North Lindsey College.

Rationale: this site should be considered for full size 3G FTP provision. This site may also have potential to become a multi 3G FTP site, as long as the AGP is protected for hockey use. This a key site for football with both affiliated and unaffiliated football activity, reaching out a wide range of users within varying communities. Development of these pitches needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at North Lindsey College.
There is also a need to consider improvements to the grass pitch provision and refurbishments to the changing facilities to provide an all round football hub site offer. There is also potential for Co-Op Sports Ground to be included as part of a PIP to the site.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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John Leggott College or North Lindsey College

Location

Location details: John Leggott College or North Lindsey College

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

Not known

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.6/4

Overall score

85% (10.2/12)

Notes

Existing facilities:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - two full size pitch equivalents, youth pitch, a 7v7 floodlit sand based AGP and changing facilities. There is also a sports hall on site.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - one full size pitch equivalent and one 7v7 floodlit sand based AGP with changing. There is additional land that could be utilised for a full size 3G AGP and there is also a sports hall on site.

Current users:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - four teams from the college (including a women's team), two Futsal teams (one male one female), 780 JLC Tier 7 team, 780 Academy junior section and Bottesford Town Juniors.

The college also runs two 'just play' sessions per week and has accessed FA Grassroots Hub funding to provide Futsal to Y9 girls.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - grassroots teams and recreational users access the AGP. The site is also used by the college students.

Rationale:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - a full size 3G AGP would help to accommodate demand in the area.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - a full size 3G AGP would help to accommodate demand in the area.

*Development of either pitch needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at Brumby Hall.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Bottesford Town Football Club (Birch Park & Sunningdale Park)

Location

BOTTESFORD TOWN FC Birch Park Ontario Road, Scunthorpe, , DN17 2TQ

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

65% (7.8/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents (across both Birch Park & Sunningdale Park) sports hall and changing pavilion also located at Birch Park.

Current users: 26 teams from Bottesford Town FC. The sports hall at Birch Park is also accessed for walking and disability football.

Rationale: there is a need to improve grass pitch quality on both sites, as well as providing toilet facilities at Sunningdale Park, where no ancillary facilities currently exist. Further to this there is opportunity to refurbish the existing sports hall at Birch Park. This would enable better utilisation of the facility. Also potential to convert first team pitch (Birch Park) into a 3G FTP. This does; however, need to be considered in line with existing 3G FTP at Fredrick Gough School, where the Club is currently a partner club. Should a 3G FTP be developed at Birch Park, this would increase the site's overall capacity.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Winterton

Location

WINTERTON SYNTHETIC PITCH WINTERTON ALL WEATHER PITCH NEWPORT DRIVE, WINTERTON, , DN15 9RG

Facilities
  • Refurbish existing 11v11 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.8/4

Overall score

64% (7.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: one full size, floodlit, sand AGP with changing facilities. Although a local authority managed AGP, this pitch sits within a school site which has three full size pitch equivalents.

Current users: currently no affiliated football on site; however, is adjacent to Winterton Playing Fields and Winterton Rangers FC, which are accessed by 21 teams from Dale Park Youth Organisation, Winterton Rangers FC and The Butchers Arms. Is also used by school for curricular and extra curricular purposes. In addition, there is a primary school adjacent.

Rationale: potential for a conversion from a sand dressed carpet to a 3G surface which could be accessed by Winterton Rangers FC and Dale Park Youth Organisation, as well as school pupils and potentially ONGO Communities, which has a youth centre nearby and are keen to deliver more football activity, including coaching and referee qualifications.
This; however, can only be considered if hockey activity can be relocated to a site to meet requirements. At present, there is one hockey team accessing this site.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Sir John Nelthorpe School

Location

SIR JOHN NELTHORPE SCHOOL GRAMMAR SCHOOL ROAD, BRIGG, , DN20 8AA

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

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size equivalent pitches and changing facilities within school building.

Current users: two teams from Broughton Ravers JFC and unaffiliated vets teams (old boys of the school - Old Brigg Engines). Also used by school for curricualr and extra curricular activity.

Rationale: potential to develop a 3G FTP on site. The project would also require community accessible changing facilities to be provided. This does; however, need to be considered alongside other potential 3G FTP developments in Broughton and neighboring West Lindsey.

Project Focus

Adult male; 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.

Current and proposed 3G FTPs

Pitchfinder

Improved grass pitches

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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.

Although large (3+ pitch) strategic sites are important and make up much of the project list within the LFFPs, this does not mean that other club, league and community/voluntary sites are not important or eligible for funding. These sites are key to the Football Foundation's Grass Pitch Programme to deliver 20,000 good quality pitches.

For more information click here.

PitchPower

The PitchPower app is the gateway to any grass pitch improvement funding. It is the tool that will allow clubs and organisations to complete pitch inspections and access funds.

If you haven't signed up and completed a PitchPower pitch inspection, you will need to do this before you can apply for the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund.

Learn more by clicking here.

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Assets and opportunities

There are currently 30 grass pitch sites in North Lincolnshire with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three but deemed to be of strategic importance). These contain 85 grass pitches. Of these 30 sites, ten are considered to have good quality pitches, ten are rated standard quality and ten poor quality.

12 sites have been prioritised for improvement; this will affect a total of 43 pitches.

Local consultation highlights common issues with poor quality and low levels of current maintenance and it is recommended that this is also addressed. Chafer Grubs are also a significant and prominent problem and is significantly impacting on pitch quality across a number of sites.

Priority projects

30 Key grass pitch sites
12 Sites prioritised for improvements
43 Full-sized pitch equivalents at these sites

12 priority projects for potential investment are identified. Pitch quality rating was evidenced by the current PPS process and ratified by local partners. Prioritisation was based upon a rationale of selecting sites in the poorest condition, that have the potential to be best utilised and are deemed to be of strategic importance.

1

Brumby Hall (Appleby Frodingham Works Athletic Club)

Location

APPLEBY FRODINGHAM WORKS ATHLETIC CLUB ASHBY ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN16 1AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (2)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.3/4

Overall score

80% (9.6/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: five full size pitch equivalents, small sided (7v7) 3G FTP, full size sand filled AGP (which is key for hockey in the area) and changing facilities. This site connects to two other football sites; Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC) and the Co-Op Sports Ground, with three and five full size pitch equivalents respectively. The site is also adjacent to to the Pods leisure centre.

Current users: 25 teams from two clubs; Appleby Frodingham JFC and Redbourn F.C. Site also accessed by John Leggott College and North Lindsey College, as well as Scunthorpe United Community Trust. The Trust deliver the On Target initiative here on behalf of the Council. Additionally, the current civic centre is soon to be converted into a university campus in links with North Lindsey College.

Rationale: this site should be considered for full size 3G FTP provision. This site may also have potential to become a multi 3G FTP site, as long as the AGP is protected for hockey use. This a key site for football with both affiliated and unaffiliated football activity, reaching out a wide range of users within varying communities. Development of these pitches needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at North Lindsey College.
There is also a need to consider improvements to the grass pitch provision and refurbishments to the changing facilities to provide an all round football hub site offer. There is also potential for Co-Op Sports Ground to be included as part of a PIP to the site.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Bottesford Town Football Club (Birch Park & Sunningdale Park)

Location

BOTTESFORD TOWN FC Birch Park Ontario Road, Scunthorpe, , DN17 2TQ

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

65% (7.8/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents (across both Birch Park & Sunningdale Park) sports hall and changing pavilion also located at Birch Park.

Current users: 26 teams from Bottesford Town FC. The sports hall at Birch Park is also accessed for walking and disability football.

Rationale: there is a need to improve grass pitch quality on both sites, as well as providing toilet facilities at Sunningdale Park, where no ancillary facilities currently exist. Further to this there is opportunity to refurbish the existing sports hall at Birch Park. This would enable better utilisation of the facility. Also potential to convert first team pitch (Birch Park) into a 3G FTP. This does; however, need to be considered in line with existing 3G FTP at Fredrick Gough School, where the Club is currently a partner club. Should a 3G FTP be developed at Birch Park, this would increase the site's overall capacity.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

6

The Phil Grundy Sports & Community Centre (Broughton)

Location

THE PHIL GRUNDY SPORTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE SCAWBY ROAD, BROUGHTON, BRIGG, , DN20 0AB

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

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.2/4

Overall score

54% (6.4/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, 9v9 3G FTP (to be completed 2020) and a community centre with changing block.

Current users: seven teams from two clubs; Broughton Ravers Junior FC and Broughton Working Mens Club FC.

Rationale: Potential to provide better changing facilities and improved grass pitch quality.

Project Focus

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

7

Co-Op Sports Ground

Location

CO-OP SPORTS GROUND 17 WOODLANDS GARDENS, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 1BU

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.6/4

Overall score

52% (6.3/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: nine teams from the Scunthorpe Sunday League.

Rationale: requires improvements to grass pitch provision, as well as refurbishment to the changing facilities. This site is used by the Scunthorpe Sunday league and has potential to be an adult football hub site in the North Lincolnshire area.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups

8

Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC)

Location

CHARLES LE QUELENEC PARK PARK TIGERS FOOTBALL GROUND BRUMBY WOOD LANE, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 1AF

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

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 11 teams from Park Tigers JFC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

9

Winterton Playing Fields

Location

WINTERTON PLAYING FIELD 24 NEWPORT DRIVE, WINTERTON, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 9RG

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

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 15 teams from Dale Park Youth Organisation and The Butchers Arms.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

10

Brigg Recreation Ground

Location

BRIGG RECREATION GROUND THE WHITE HOUSE WRAWBY ROAD, BRIGG, , DN20 8DS

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 12 teams from Brigg Town JFC and one adult team from Briggensians FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

11

Crowle and Ealand Playing Field

Location

CROWLE AND EALAND PLAYING FIELD OAKLEY STABLES GODNOW ROAD, CROWLE, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 4EE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 16 teams from Crowle Colts FC and Crowle Keys FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision. Improvements needed to allow the adult 11 v 11 team to progress into a higher league.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

12

Pastures Road Field

Location

PASTURE ROAD FIELD Pasture Road North, Barton-upon-Humber, , DN18 5RB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: four full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 11 teams from Barton Junior FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

13

South Axholme Academy

Location

SOUTH AXHOLME ACADEMY BURNHAM ROAD, EPWORTH, DONCASTER, , DN9 1BY

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.5/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: two full size pitch equivalents, 9v9 3G FTP and changing pavilion.

Current users: 20 teams from Epworth Town Colts FC, as well as school pupils for curricular and extra curricular activities.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision. Epworth Town Colts FC have also just become a Wildcats Centre. There is also a need to consider purchase of adjoining land should any become available in order to allow the club to continue to grow and also provide stadia pitch for men's team to progress to Step 7 should promotion opportunity arise.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

14

Foxhills Sports Ground

Location

FOXHILL SPORTS GROUND 55 FOXHILLS ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 8LH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.1/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents, MUGA and changing pavilion.

Current users: eight teams from four clubs; Crosby Colts FC, Crosby United JFC, FAC FAC FC and Rad Rovers Junior FC. Crosby United Junior FC also run events such as a mini world cup tournament with a team from as many nationalities as possible.

Rationale: a site that is reasonably well used for affiliated football but also provides a location for community football events. There is opportunity to provide more opportunites for such events through a resurface of the poor quality, floodlit MUGA on site. There is also a need to improve grass pitch quality and refurbish the current clubhouse, which also acts as youth space.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

15

Messingham FC (Messingham Recreation Ground & Holme Meadow)

Location

HOLME MEADOW HOLME LANE, MESSINGHAM, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 3SG

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: two sites in close proximity with four full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion (on Messingham Recreation Ground). Portacabin site on Holme Meadow site.

Current users: 14 teams from Messingham Juniors FC, Messingham Trinity Juniors FC and Discoveries FC.

Rationale: two sites in close proximity which are considered jointly, with a need to improve pitch quality.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; 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.

Current and proposed grass pitches for improvement

Pitchfinder

Changing room pavilions / clubhouses

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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 30 key grass pitch sites in North Lincolnshire with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three pitches but of strategic importance) 26 have suitable changing rooms and four require improvement/replacement.

26 key sites have suitable changing rooms/pavillions/clubhouses
4 require improvement/replacement
0 have no facilities and require new builds

Priority projects

Four priority projects for potential investment are identified. Prioritisation was informed by local partners with the rationale of selecting sites which are deemed to have an unsuitable pavilion that requires replacement or refurbishment.

1

Brumby Hall (Appleby Frodingham Works Athletic Club)

Location

APPLEBY FRODINGHAM WORKS ATHLETIC CLUB ASHBY ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN16 1AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (2)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.3/4

Overall score

80% (9.6/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: five full size pitch equivalents, small sided (7v7) 3G FTP, full size sand filled AGP (which is key for hockey in the area) and changing facilities. This site connects to two other football sites; Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC) and the Co-Op Sports Ground, with three and five full size pitch equivalents respectively. The site is also adjacent to to the Pods leisure centre.

Current users: 25 teams from two clubs; Appleby Frodingham JFC and Redbourn F.C. Site also accessed by John Leggott College and North Lindsey College, as well as Scunthorpe United Community Trust. The Trust deliver the On Target initiative here on behalf of the Council. Additionally, the current civic centre is soon to be converted into a university campus in links with North Lindsey College.

Rationale: this site should be considered for full size 3G FTP provision. This site may also have potential to become a multi 3G FTP site, as long as the AGP is protected for hockey use. This a key site for football with both affiliated and unaffiliated football activity, reaching out a wide range of users within varying communities. Development of these pitches needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at North Lindsey College.
There is also a need to consider improvements to the grass pitch provision and refurbishments to the changing facilities to provide an all round football hub site offer. There is also potential for Co-Op Sports Ground to be included as part of a PIP to the site.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

6

The Phil Grundy Sports & Community Centre (Broughton)

Location

THE PHIL GRUNDY SPORTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE SCAWBY ROAD, BROUGHTON, BRIGG, , DN20 0AB

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

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.2/4

Overall score

54% (6.4/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, 9v9 3G FTP (to be completed 2020) and a community centre with changing block.

Current users: seven teams from two clubs; Broughton Ravers Junior FC and Broughton Working Mens Club FC.

Rationale: Potential to provide better changing facilities and improved grass pitch quality.

Project Focus

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

7

Co-Op Sports Ground

Location

CO-OP SPORTS GROUND 17 WOODLANDS GARDENS, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 1BU

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.6/4

Overall score

52% (6.3/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: nine teams from the Scunthorpe Sunday League.

Rationale: requires improvements to grass pitch provision, as well as refurbishment to the changing facilities. This site is used by the Scunthorpe Sunday league and has potential to be an adult football hub site in the North Lincolnshire area.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups

14

Foxhills Sports Ground

Location

FOXHILL SPORTS GROUND 55 FOXHILLS ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 8LH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.1/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents, MUGA and changing pavilion.

Current users: eight teams from four clubs; Crosby Colts FC, Crosby United JFC, FAC FAC FC and Rad Rovers Junior FC. Crosby United Junior FC also run events such as a mini world cup tournament with a team from as many nationalities as possible.

Rationale: a site that is reasonably well used for affiliated football but also provides a location for community football events. There is opportunity to provide more opportunites for such events through a resurface of the poor quality, floodlit MUGA on site. There is also a need to improve grass pitch quality and refurbish the current clubhouse, which also acts as youth space.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; 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.

Current and proposed changing room pavilions/clubhouses

Pitchfinder

Small sided facilities

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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
3 MUGAs
1 Better parks / open green spaces

Indoor

Local consultation indicates one indoor facility that requires improvement, as well as potential to provide a new indoor facility to develop small sided football.

Indoor football assets and opportunities

Pitchfinder

Multi use games areas (MUGAs)

Following local consultation, and assisted by the Sport England green spaces mapping tool, three potential opportunities for MUGAs have been identified. In each case the rationale is based on the site being in an area of high urban population with lower levels of green space, relatively high proportions of people from lower social economic groups and corresponding high local demand for informal football. In addition, the sites are highlighted as being popular local parks and open green spaces with suitable space/areas to further increase informal football participation.

Parks and open green spaces

Following local consultation, and again assisted by the Sport England green spaces mapping tool, one location has been identified to support small sided informal football. Again, the rationale is based on it having a high urban population, lower levels of green space and relatively high proportions of lower social economic groups, as well as having the potential to increase informal football participation.

Small sided facilities assets and opportunities

Pitchfinder
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Bottesford Town Football Club (Birch Park & Sunningdale Park)

Location

BOTTESFORD TOWN FC Birch Park Ontario Road, Scunthorpe, , DN17 2TQ

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

65% (7.8/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents (across both Birch Park & Sunningdale Park) sports hall and changing pavilion also located at Birch Park.

Current users: 26 teams from Bottesford Town FC. The sports hall at Birch Park is also accessed for walking and disability football.

Rationale: there is a need to improve grass pitch quality on both sites, as well as providing toilet facilities at Sunningdale Park, where no ancillary facilities currently exist. Further to this there is opportunity to refurbish the existing sports hall at Birch Park. This would enable better utilisation of the facility. Also potential to convert first team pitch (Birch Park) into a 3G FTP. This does; however, need to be considered in line with existing 3G FTP at Fredrick Gough School, where the Club is currently a partner club. Should a 3G FTP be developed at Birch Park, this would increase the site's overall capacity.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

14

Foxhills Sports Ground

Location

FOXHILL SPORTS GROUND 55 FOXHILLS ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 8LH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.1/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents, MUGA and changing pavilion.

Current users: eight teams from four clubs; Crosby Colts FC, Crosby United JFC, FAC FAC FC and Rad Rovers Junior FC. Crosby United Junior FC also run events such as a mini world cup tournament with a team from as many nationalities as possible.

Rationale: a site that is reasonably well used for affiliated football but also provides a location for community football events. There is opportunity to provide more opportunites for such events through a resurface of the poor quality, floodlit MUGA on site. There is also a need to improve grass pitch quality and refurbish the current clubhouse, which also acts as youth space.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Manor Park

Location

Location details: Manor Park, Burringham Road

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

47% (5.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a well used site for informal play. ONGO communities youth centre is within close proximity. ONGO are keen to have access to a MUGA facility for informal play. This should be considered alongside refurbishment of MUGA at Foxhills Sports Ground.

Project Focus

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

17

Grange Estate Grass Space

Location

Location details: Wesley Road

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

47% (5.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: informal grass pitch with goal posts.

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a well used site for informal play, which is located next to a community centre. Potential to provide a MUGA for use of young people from the estate and potentially in connection with activities run at the community centre.

Project Focus

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

18

Fairfield Drive - Viking Youth Centre

Location

Location details: Fairfield Drive , Barton-upon-Humber

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.4/4

Overall score

41% (4.9/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a site located opposite one of ONGO communities youth centre. ONGO is keen to have some informal provision for young people to access.

Project Focus

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

19

Indoor space on industrial estate (Foxhills Industrial Estate)

Location

Location details: Foxhills Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe

Facilities
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.2/4

Overall score

54% (6.4/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: n/a

Rationale: opportunity to provide an indoor football facility to allow shift workers to participate in football activity. This is in line with the Health Improvement Manager at the LA running activities for work places to increase health and wellbeing.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues

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 A: Priority project list

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This list sets out all priority projects for potential investment. Each has been 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.

2

John Leggott College or North Lindsey College

Location

Location details: John Leggott College or North Lindsey College

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

Not known

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.6/4

Overall score

85% (10.2/12)

Notes

Existing facilities:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - two full size pitch equivalents, youth pitch, a 7v7 floodlit sand based AGP and changing facilities. There is also a sports hall on site.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - one full size pitch equivalent and one 7v7 floodlit sand based AGP with changing. There is additional land that could be utilised for a full size 3G AGP and there is also a sports hall on site.

Current users:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - four teams from the college (including a women's team), two Futsal teams (one male one female), 780 JLC Tier 7 team, 780 Academy junior section and Bottesford Town Juniors.

The college also runs two 'just play' sessions per week and has accessed FA Grassroots Hub funding to provide Futsal to Y9 girls.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - grassroots teams and recreational users access the AGP. The site is also used by the college students.

Rationale:

Option 1 - John Leggott College - a full size 3G AGP would help to accommodate demand in the area.

Option 2 - North Lindsey College - a full size 3G AGP would help to accommodate demand in the area.

*Development of either pitch needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at Brumby Hall.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

1

Brumby Hall (Appleby Frodingham Works Athletic Club)

Location

APPLEBY FRODINGHAM WORKS ATHLETIC CLUB ASHBY ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN16 1AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (2)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.3/4

Overall score

80% (9.6/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: five full size pitch equivalents, small sided (7v7) 3G FTP, full size sand filled AGP (which is key for hockey in the area) and changing facilities. This site connects to two other football sites; Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC) and the Co-Op Sports Ground, with three and five full size pitch equivalents respectively. The site is also adjacent to to the Pods leisure centre.

Current users: 25 teams from two clubs; Appleby Frodingham JFC and Redbourn F.C. Site also accessed by John Leggott College and North Lindsey College, as well as Scunthorpe United Community Trust. The Trust deliver the On Target initiative here on behalf of the Council. Additionally, the current civic centre is soon to be converted into a university campus in links with North Lindsey College.

Rationale: this site should be considered for full size 3G FTP provision. This site may also have potential to become a multi 3G FTP site, as long as the AGP is protected for hockey use. This a key site for football with both affiliated and unaffiliated football activity, reaching out a wide range of users within varying communities. Development of these pitches needs to be considered in line with the potential 3G FTP development at North Lindsey College.
There is also a need to consider improvements to the grass pitch provision and refurbishments to the changing facilities to provide an all round football hub site offer. There is also potential for Co-Op Sports Ground to be included as part of a PIP to the site.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Foxhills Sports Ground

Location

FOXHILL SPORTS GROUND 55 FOXHILLS ROAD, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 8LH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.1/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents, MUGA and changing pavilion.

Current users: eight teams from four clubs; Crosby Colts FC, Crosby United JFC, FAC FAC FC and Rad Rovers Junior FC. Crosby United Junior FC also run events such as a mini world cup tournament with a team from as many nationalities as possible.

Rationale: a site that is reasonably well used for affiliated football but also provides a location for community football events. There is opportunity to provide more opportunites for such events through a resurface of the poor quality, floodlit MUGA on site. There is also a need to improve grass pitch quality and refurbish the current clubhouse, which also acts as youth space.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

13

South Axholme Academy

Location

SOUTH AXHOLME ACADEMY BURNHAM ROAD, EPWORTH, DONCASTER, , DN9 1BY

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.5/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: two full size pitch equivalents, 9v9 3G FTP and changing pavilion.

Current users: 20 teams from Epworth Town Colts FC, as well as school pupils for curricular and extra curricular activities.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision. Epworth Town Colts FC have also just become a Wildcats Centre. There is also a need to consider purchase of adjoining land should any become available in order to allow the club to continue to grow and also provide stadia pitch for men's team to progress to Step 7 should promotion opportunity arise.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

3

Bottesford Town Football Club (Birch Park & Sunningdale Park)

Location

BOTTESFORD TOWN FC Birch Park Ontario Road, Scunthorpe, , DN17 2TQ

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

65% (7.8/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size grass pitch equivalents (across both Birch Park & Sunningdale Park) sports hall and changing pavilion also located at Birch Park.

Current users: 26 teams from Bottesford Town FC. The sports hall at Birch Park is also accessed for walking and disability football.

Rationale: there is a need to improve grass pitch quality on both sites, as well as providing toilet facilities at Sunningdale Park, where no ancillary facilities currently exist. Further to this there is opportunity to refurbish the existing sports hall at Birch Park. This would enable better utilisation of the facility. Also potential to convert first team pitch (Birch Park) into a 3G FTP. This does; however, need to be considered in line with existing 3G FTP at Fredrick Gough School, where the Club is currently a partner club. Should a 3G FTP be developed at Birch Park, this would increase the site's overall capacity.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

4

Winterton

Location

WINTERTON SYNTHETIC PITCH WINTERTON ALL WEATHER PITCH NEWPORT DRIVE, WINTERTON, , DN15 9RG

Facilities
  • Refurbish existing 11v11 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.8/4

Overall score

64% (7.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: one full size, floodlit, sand AGP with changing facilities. Although a local authority managed AGP, this pitch sits within a school site which has three full size pitch equivalents.

Current users: currently no affiliated football on site; however, is adjacent to Winterton Playing Fields and Winterton Rangers FC, which are accessed by 21 teams from Dale Park Youth Organisation, Winterton Rangers FC and The Butchers Arms. Is also used by school for curricular and extra curricular purposes. In addition, there is a primary school adjacent.

Rationale: potential for a conversion from a sand dressed carpet to a 3G surface which could be accessed by Winterton Rangers FC and Dale Park Youth Organisation, as well as school pupils and potentially ONGO Communities, which has a youth centre nearby and are keen to deliver more football activity, including coaching and referee qualifications.
This; however, can only be considered if hockey activity can be relocated to a site to meet requirements. At present, there is one hockey team accessing this site.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Brigg Recreation Ground

Location

BRIGG RECREATION GROUND THE WHITE HOUSE WRAWBY ROAD, BRIGG, , DN20 8DS

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 12 teams from Brigg Town JFC and one adult team from Briggensians FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

11

Crowle and Ealand Playing Field

Location

CROWLE AND EALAND PLAYING FIELD OAKLEY STABLES GODNOW ROAD, CROWLE, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 4EE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 16 teams from Crowle Colts FC and Crowle Keys FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision. Improvements needed to allow the adult 11 v 11 team to progress into a higher league.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

12

Pastures Road Field

Location

PASTURE ROAD FIELD Pasture Road North, Barton-upon-Humber, , DN18 5RB

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

58% (7.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: four full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 11 teams from Barton Junior FC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

6

The Phil Grundy Sports & Community Centre (Broughton)

Location

THE PHIL GRUNDY SPORTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE SCAWBY ROAD, BROUGHTON, BRIGG, , DN20 0AB

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

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.2/4

Overall score

54% (6.4/12)

Notes

Existing facilities: three full size grass pitch equivalents, 9v9 3G FTP (to be completed 2020) and a community centre with changing block.

Current users: seven teams from two clubs; Broughton Ravers Junior FC and Broughton Working Mens Club FC.

Rationale: Potential to provide better changing facilities and improved grass pitch quality.

Project Focus

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

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Indoor space on industrial estate (Foxhills Industrial Estate)

Location

Location details: Foxhills Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe

Facilities
  • New Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.2/4

Overall score

54% (6.4/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: n/a

Rationale: opportunity to provide an indoor football facility to allow shift workers to participate in football activity. This is in line with the Health Improvement Manager at the LA running activities for work places to increase health and wellbeing.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues

7

Co-Op Sports Ground

Location

CO-OP SPORTS GROUND 17 WOODLANDS GARDENS, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 1BU

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (5)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.6/4

Overall score

52% (6.3/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: five full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: nine teams from the Scunthorpe Sunday League.

Rationale: requires improvements to grass pitch provision, as well as refurbishment to the changing facilities. This site is used by the Scunthorpe Sunday league and has potential to be an adult football hub site in the North Lincolnshire area.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups

5

Sir John Nelthorpe School

Location

SIR JOHN NELTHORPE SCHOOL GRAMMAR SCHOOL ROAD, BRIGG, , DN20 8AA

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

Education

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: three full size equivalent pitches and changing facilities within school building.

Current users: two teams from Broughton Ravers JFC and unaffiliated vets teams (old boys of the school - Old Brigg Engines). Also used by school for curricualr and extra curricular activity.

Rationale: potential to develop a 3G FTP on site. The project would also require community accessible changing facilities to be provided. This does; however, need to be considered alongside other potential 3G FTP developments in Broughton and neighboring West Lindsey.

Project Focus

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

8

Charles Le Quelenec Park (Park Tigers JFC)

Location

CHARLES LE QUELENEC PARK PARK TIGERS FOOTBALL GROUND BRUMBY WOOD LANE, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 1AF

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

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 11 teams from Park Tigers JFC.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

9

Winterton Playing Fields

Location

WINTERTON PLAYING FIELD 24 NEWPORT DRIVE, WINTERTON, SCUNTHORPE, , DN15 9RG

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

Exiting facilities: three full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion.

Current users: 15 teams from Dale Park Youth Organisation and The Butchers Arms.

Rationale: well used site which requires improvements to grass pitch provision.

Project Focus

Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

15

Messingham FC (Messingham Recreation Ground & Holme Meadow)

Location

HOLME MEADOW HOLME LANE, MESSINGHAM, SCUNTHORPE, , DN17 3SG

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: two sites in close proximity with four full size pitch equivalents and changing pavilion (on Messingham Recreation Ground). Portacabin site on Holme Meadow site.

Current users: 14 teams from Messingham Juniors FC, Messingham Trinity Juniors FC and Discoveries FC.

Rationale: two sites in close proximity which are considered jointly, with a need to improve pitch quality.

Project Focus

Adult male; Mini-soccer; Youth female; Youth male

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Manor Park

Location

Location details: Manor Park, Burringham Road

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

47% (5.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a well used site for informal play. ONGO communities youth centre is within close proximity. ONGO are keen to have access to a MUGA facility for informal play. This should be considered alongside refurbishment of MUGA at Foxhills Sports Ground.

Project Focus

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

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Grange Estate Grass Space

Location

Location details: Wesley Road

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.8/4

Overall score

47% (5.6/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: informal grass pitch with goal posts.

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a well used site for informal play, which is located next to a community centre. Potential to provide a MUGA for use of young people from the estate and potentially in connection with activities run at the community centre.

Project Focus

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

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Fairfield Drive - Viking Youth Centre

Location

Location details: Fairfield Drive , Barton-upon-Humber

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.4/4

Overall score

41% (4.9/12)

Notes

Exiting facilities: n/a

Current users: informal football participation.

Rationale: a site located opposite one of ONGO communities youth centre. ONGO is keen to have some informal provision for young people to access.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; 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

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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:

  • Chairman - Appleby Frodingham FC
  • Manager - Appleby Frodingham Sports & Social Club
  • Vise president - Appleby Frodingham Sports & Social Club
  • Treasurer - Barton Juniors FC
  • Director of Sport - Baysgarth School
  • Chairman - Bottlesford Town FC
  • Chair of trustees - Broughton Ravers Junior FC
  • Chairman - Crosby United FC
  • Chairman - Dale Park Junior FC
  • Chairman - Epworth Colts AFC
  • Wellbeing Manager - Get Ahead Partnership
  • Chairman - Messingham Junior FC
  • Active Communities Development Officer - North Lincolnshire Council
  • Area Facility Manager - North Lincolnshire Council
  • Health Improvement Manager - North Lincolnshire Council
  • Senior Leisure and Active Lifestyles Manager - Isle of Axholme/Scunthorpe South Areas - North Lincolnshire Council
  • Curriculum Leader in Sport - North Lindsey College
  • Head of Sport - John Leggott Sixth Form College
  • Community Development Manager - ONGO Communities
  • Sports Development Manager - Positive Futures
  • Community Trust Manager - Scunthorpe United Community Trust
  • League Secretary - Scunthorpe Sunday League
  • Chairman - Park Tigers FC

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