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Rushmoor Local Football Facility Plan

November 2020

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Executive summary

In summary, the LFFP for Rushmoor 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 eight 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 Rushmoor. 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:

2 Full size 3G FTPs
21 Improved grass pitches
3 Changing rooms / pavilions/ clubhouses
1 Small sided facilities

Next steps

When projects are in a position to proceed, pre-application support will be provided by the Football Foundation and the Hampshire 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 Hampshire 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 Rushmoor. It was prepared by Knight, Kavanagh and Page (KKP) with support from local partners, including:

  • Rushmoor Council
  • Hampshire FA
  • Football Foundation
  • 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 Rushmoor.

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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 projects 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. Identified projects take 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 Rushmoor.

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 Hampshire 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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Rushmoor

Local area

Rushmoor is in the South Region.

The current population of the Authority (ONS 2018 Mid-Year Estimate) is 95,142. This is expected to rise to 98,669 by 2039.

Rushmoor is ranked 29 out of 67 LAs in the region, and 197 out of 317 LAs nationally on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (ONS).

Its ethnic composition is primarily white (85 %). This is comparable to the national average (85.4%).

The proportion of Rushmoor's population represented by the BAME community is 15 %. This is similar to the national average (14.6%)

Demographics

  • 2018
    95,142 Current population
  • 2039
    98,669 Projected population
  • 29th most deprived out of 67 local authorities in the region
  • 197th most deprived out of 317 local authorities in England

Ethnicity data

  • Asian (10.4%)
  • Black (1.99%)
  • Mixed (2.19%)
  • Other (0.65%)
  • White (84.77%)
29%
22%
25%

% of people that are inactive

  • Rushmoor
  • Region
  • England

*ONS data and Sport England Active Lives Survey 2018/19

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Local partners

Local Authority

The Rushmoor Council Your Future, Your Place strategy document outlines a vision for Aldershot and Farnborough during the time frame 2019-2030. It sets out six major ambitions for the future of Aldershot and Farnborough, which are:

  • Vibrant and distinctive town centres
  • Housing for every stage of life
  • Strong communities, proud of our area
  • Healthy and green lifestyles
  • A growing local economy - kind to the environment
  • Opportunities for everyone - quality education and a skilled local workforce

To encourage healthy lifestyles, the Authority is committed to providing high quality leisure facilities and open green spaces which serve their respective communities. This includes the redevelopment of Farnborough Leisure Centre.

The Authority does not have a current playing pitch strategy. Its last iteration was produced in 2014 and because it is so dated, it is not referenced in this plan.

County football association

Rushmoor is covered by the Hampshire 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

3 Total grants
  • £1,339,440 Total project cost
  • £424,024 Total grant value
  • 2 Sites improved
  • 0 New 3G FTPs
  • 1 Changing rooms / pavilions
  • 5 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). There is no active CCO in Rushmoor.

Local leisure operator

Places Leisure is the key leisure operator in Rushmoor. It currently runs a number of key sites including Aldershot Pools & Fitness Centre and Farnborough Leisure Centre.

Local consultation

This has taken place with a broad set of community groups in Rushmoor. Ten individuals (representing ten local organisations) were spoken to. The agencies consulted include:

  • Rushmoor Council
  • A number of local football clubs

(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. Rushmoor has a total of 187 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 ten years there has been a significant national increase in the number of large multi-team football clubs. In Rushmoor, seven clubs have more than ten registered teams. These (based upon 2019-20 affiliation data) are:

  • Aldershot Boys & Girls -13
  • Cove - 24
  • Farnborough Youth- 10
  • Junior Shots- 16
  • Rushmoor Community - 45
  • Rushmoor Saints Youth - 10
  • Traco Athletic Juniors- 14

Affiliated Teams

187 Teams
  • 73 Adult male teams
  • 7 Adult female teams
  • 14 Youth male teams
  • 15 Youth female teams
  • 0 Disability teams
  • 66 Mini-soccer teams

The FA Whole Game System- season 2019/20

Leagues

Four main leagues cater for clubs and teams in Rushmoor offering competitive opportunities for youth and adults males. These are:

  • Aldershot and District Football League- home and away
  • Aldershot and Camberley Sunday Football League - home and away
  • North East Hants Development league- home and away
  • North East Hants Comp- home and away

Female and disability league provision is delivered on a county basis. The County FA reports significant cross boundary migration to/from Rushmoor primarily due to teams playing in/at central venue leagues in Surrey and in neighbouring Hampshire authorities.

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 Rushmoor there are no 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. Rushmoor has six FA Wildcats girls football centres and the priority is to grow this activity.

At 26, Rushmoor’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 Hampshire Girls Youth League in which matches are played on a home and away and central venue basis. It is expected to grow provision in future years. The local adult female league is the Hampshire County Women’s League. Its matches are played on a home and away basis and it also expects to grow provision in future years.

For talented players, the most local FA regional talent club (RTC) is Reading. 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 also Reading 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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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 Farnborough 6 a Side League- Samuel Cody 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.

There are currently three affiliated futsal teams in Rushmoor. It is a priority for the County FA to grow 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 four FA Just Play centres in Rushmoor. Walking football sessions are delivered by a range of community organisation including Cove FC.

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 Rushmoor is played across a number of sites in the key population areas of Farnborough and Aldershot.

Summary

The key strengths of local football in Rushmoor include adult male and youth football; this should be sustained and encouraged to grow further. However, provision gaps include women and girls, disability and recreational football opportunities. It is therefore recommended that the future football development priorities for Rushmoor are to:

  1. Sustain male youth and adult football
  2. Increase the number of women's and girls teams.
  3. Continue to grow futsal participation.
  4. Increase the number of Just Play centres.
  5. Support the development of disability opportunity.

The facilities required to assist this are now set out in the Assets and opportunities section. Priority projects that progress to become a funding application via the Football Foundation produce detailed ‘site development plans’ specifying all football development activity, usage and key partner engagement.

Assets and opportunities

This section reviews existing football facility assets in Rushmoor. 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 investment priorities are 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 (11 v 11) 3G FTPs in Rushmoor are located at:

  • Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre
  • Alderwood Leisure Centre
  • The Samuel Cody Specialist Sport College
  • Salesian College (not available for community use)

In addition, there are two small-sided 3G FTP centres:

  • Aldershot Pools (5v5)
  • Cove FC (7v7)

There is no current PPS and, therefore, demand for full sized 3G FTPs has been calculated using the FA training ratio model 1:38.

On the basis that there are 178 teams in Rushmoor, there is a requirement for five full sized 3G FTPs. There are currently three and there is, thus a shortfall of two.

Three of the four full sized 3G FTPs listed above are available for community use and on the FA Register (meaning they are quality checked and can be used for football match play). Salesian College is a private school with a self funded 3G FTP. Consultation indicates that, at present, the School has no plans to make its facility available for community use.

The geographic spread of existing facilities is even; the key population centres of Farnborough and Aldershot are served by facilities. However, certain key clubs within these areas have witnessed rapid growth over the past few years and additional facilities are considered to be required to support them to address the current shortfall.

One example is Rushmoor Community FC. It currently has 45 teams, and is presently utilising a variety of different facilities to accommodate training and match play demand. Consultation has confirmed that this club merits a dedicated facility to underpin and support its growth.

3 Current full sized 3G FTPs
2 Full sized 3G FTP project
1 Small sided 3G FTP project

Priority projects

Three priority projects for potential investment are identified; one new full sized 3G FTP to support Rushmoor Community FC and the resurfacing of Cove FC's 7v7 3G FTP.

Further work is required to identify a feasible site to meet the remaining shortfall of one full sized 3G FTP.

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Rushmoor Community FC 3G - Site TBC

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Location

Location details:

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

There is a need to support Rushmoor Community FC with a 3G facility. The Club has over 40 teams and a dedicated facility will allow the club to centralise both training and match play demand. There are two options to explore which require further feasibility:

Option 1 - Southwood Playing Fields

Site consists of seven full size equivalent grass pitches and is the main base which the Club has a long term lease on. It has previously received FF funding for pavilion and is currently working through an application for grass pitch improvement (103k project, FF providing 66K).

Cricket is currently played at Southwood PF and discussions with the Cricket Club is required to identify how the two sports can coexist. One option is to explore the feasibility of developing a 3G on the adjacent scrubland, however, the scrubland is on a floodplain. Further investigation is required to ascertain the best site.

Option 2 - Grange Primary School (GU14 8TA)

Rushmoor Community FC is working with the school to setup a partnership to use the grass pitches (bring them back into use). There is also potential space for a 9v9 3G FTP. It must be noted there was no consultation with the school.

NB: A new 3G in this area should be considered alongside any neighbouring 3G developments in order to mitigate any over provision.

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Cove FC

FARNBOROUGH, GU14 8PF
Location

COVE FC SQUIRREL LANE, FARNBOROUGH, Hampshire, GU14 8PF

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish existing 7v7 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.0/4

Overall score

25% (3.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing facilities. 7v7 3G FTP.

Current users: Cove FC

Rationale: Site consists of two full size grass pitches and a small sided 3G (60x40m). The 3G FTP is in poor condition with the club highlighting that it is ‘not fit for purpose’. 3G FTP was previously funded by Sport England/National Lottery funding. The refurbishment is a low priority and the club would need to demonstrate evidence of a sinking fund before any investment was considered.
Club also reports that it has issues with the grass pitches and is working towards improving the club house (currently has a leaking roof)- this is to be funded through FSIF.
Recommend that a pitch assessment is undertaken to ascertain required works for grass pitches.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Rushmoor 3G - Site TBC

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Location

Location details:

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

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Further work is required to identify a feasible site to meet the remaining shortfall of one full sized 3G FTP.

Project Focus

Adult female; 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.
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Priority 3G 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 nine grass pitch sites in Rushmoor with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three pitches but deemed to be of strategic importance). These contain 32 grass pitches. Of these, three are considered to have good quality pitches and the other six are of either standard or poor quality.

Of the nine sites referenced, five are prioritised. This will result in quality improvements to 21 pitches:

Priority projects

9 Key grass pitch sites
5 Sites prioritised for improvement
23 Full size pitch equivalents at these sites

Five priority projects for potential investment are identified. Pitch quality rating was evidenced via consultation and ratified by local partners. Prioritisation was based on a rationale of selecting sites incorporating poor and standard quality pitches.

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Cove FC

FARNBOROUGH, GU14 8PF
Location

COVE FC SQUIRREL LANE, FARNBOROUGH, Hampshire, GU14 8PF

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish existing 7v7 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.0/4

Overall score

25% (3.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing facilities. 7v7 3G FTP.

Current users: Cove FC

Rationale: Site consists of two full size grass pitches and a small sided 3G (60x40m). The 3G FTP is in poor condition with the club highlighting that it is ‘not fit for purpose’. 3G FTP was previously funded by Sport England/National Lottery funding. The refurbishment is a low priority and the club would need to demonstrate evidence of a sinking fund before any investment was considered.
Club also reports that it has issues with the grass pitches and is working towards improving the club house (currently has a leaking roof)- this is to be funded through FSIF.
Recommend that a pitch assessment is undertaken to ascertain required works for grass pitches.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Aldershot Park

ALDERSHOT, GU12 4BP
Location

ALDERSHOT PARK GUILDFORD ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU12 4BP

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • 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: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass and changing- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Wellesley Sports Pitches

ALDERSHOT, GU11 1QA
Location

RUSHMOOR ROAD RUSHMOOR ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU11 1QA

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Rushmoor Saints FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing provision - investment required. This is a priority project for the LA.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

5

The Traco Club

ALDERSHOT, GU11 3NF
Location

THE TRACO CLUB WEYBOURNE ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU11 3NF

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Traco Athletic FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches - investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Rushmoor Community FC (Southwood Site)

FARNBOROUGH, GU14 0LE
Location

SOUTHWOOD PLAYING FIELDS GRASMERE ROAD, FARNBOROUGH, Hampshire, GU14 0LE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (7)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.1/4

Overall score

76% (9.1/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 7 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Rushmoore Community FC

Rationale: In addition to the need for a 3G FTP (noted as a seperate project), consultation indicates the site suffers from poor drainage - improvements required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; 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 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 nine key grass pitch sites in Rushmoor with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three but deemed to be of strategic importance) five have suitable changing rooms and three require improvement/replacement. Cove FC's changing facilities will need to be upgraded, however, this will be funded through FSIF.

5 Key sites have suitable changing rooms / pavilions / clubhouses
3 Require improvement / replacement
0 Have no facilities and require new builds

Priority projects

Three priority projects for potential investment are identified:

3

Aldershot Park

ALDERSHOT, GU12 4BP
Location

ALDERSHOT PARK GUILDFORD ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU12 4BP

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • 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: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass and changing- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

4

Wellesley Sports Pitches

ALDERSHOT, GU11 1QA
Location

RUSHMOOR ROAD RUSHMOOR ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU11 1QA

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Rushmoor Saints FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing provision - investment required. This is a priority project for the LA.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; 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 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

1 Improved indoor spaces
0 MUGAs
0 Better parks / open green spaces

Indoor

Local consultation suggests that one indoor facility requires improvement to develop small-sided football. Rushmoor Futsal Development Centre has ambitions to relocate to Farnborough Leisure Centre following the centre's redevelopment. It is currently operating in the neighbouring authority of Hart.

Multi use games areas/open green spaces

Local consultation indicates that, at present, no MUGAs or open green spaces require improvement to develop small sided football.

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Farnborough Leisure Centre

Farnborough, GU14 7LD
Location

FARNBOROUGH LEISURE CENTRE Westmead, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7LD

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

There are plans to redevelop the leisure centre in the short term which includes the upgrade of the sports hall. There is an opportunity for Rushmoor Futsal Development Centre to be based here following the redevelopment. The league is currently utilising Calthorpe Park School in Hart.
A small grant to support line markings and goals will be required.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; 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.
Map data ©2021 Google

Priority indoor project

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.

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Rushmoor Community FC (Southwood Site)

FARNBOROUGH, GU14 0LE
Location

SOUTHWOOD PLAYING FIELDS GRASMERE ROAD, FARNBOROUGH, Hampshire, GU14 0LE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (7)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.1/4

Overall score

76% (9.1/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 7 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Rushmoore Community FC

Rationale: In addition to the need for a 3G FTP (noted as a seperate project), consultation indicates the site suffers from poor drainage - improvements required.

Project Focus

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

9

Rushmoor 3G - Site TBC

Unknown
Location

Location details:

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

Not known

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

67% (8.0/12)

Notes

Further work is required to identify a feasible site to meet the remaining shortfall of one full sized 3G FTP.

Project Focus

Adult female; 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

1

Rushmoor Community FC 3G - Site TBC

Unknown
Location

Location details:

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

There is a need to support Rushmoor Community FC with a 3G facility. The Club has over 40 teams and a dedicated facility will allow the club to centralise both training and match play demand. There are two options to explore which require further feasibility:

Option 1 - Southwood Playing Fields

Site consists of seven full size equivalent grass pitches and is the main base which the Club has a long term lease on. It has previously received FF funding for pavilion and is currently working through an application for grass pitch improvement (103k project, FF providing 66K).

Cricket is currently played at Southwood PF and discussions with the Cricket Club is required to identify how the two sports can coexist. One option is to explore the feasibility of developing a 3G on the adjacent scrubland, however, the scrubland is on a floodplain. Further investigation is required to ascertain the best site.

Option 2 - Grange Primary School (GU14 8TA)

Rushmoor Community FC is working with the school to setup a partnership to use the grass pitches (bring them back into use). There is also potential space for a 9v9 3G FTP. It must be noted there was no consultation with the school.

NB: A new 3G in this area should be considered alongside any neighbouring 3G developments in order to mitigate any over provision.

3

Aldershot Park

ALDERSHOT, GU12 4BP
Location

ALDERSHOT PARK GUILDFORD ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU12 4BP

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • 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: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass and changing- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

4

Wellesley Sports Pitches

ALDERSHOT, GU11 1QA
Location

RUSHMOOR ROAD RUSHMOOR ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU11 1QA

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

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Rushmoor Saints FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing provision - investment required. This is a priority project for the LA.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

5

The Traco Club

ALDERSHOT, GU11 3NF
Location

THE TRACO CLUB WEYBOURNE ROAD, ALDERSHOT, Hampshire, GU11 3NF

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Traco Athletic FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches - investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Farnborough Leisure Centre

Farnborough, GU14 7LD
Location

FARNBOROUGH LEISURE CENTRE Westmead, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7LD

Facilities
  • Refurbish Indoor Football Facility (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

There are plans to redevelop the leisure centre in the short term which includes the upgrade of the sports hall. There is an opportunity for Rushmoor Futsal Development Centre to be based here following the redevelopment. The league is currently utilising Calthorpe Park School in Hart.
A small grant to support line markings and goals will be required.

Project Focus

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

2

Cove FC

FARNBOROUGH, GU14 8PF
Location

COVE FC SQUIRREL LANE, FARNBOROUGH, Hampshire, GU14 8PF

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish existing 7v7 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Football club

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.0/4

Overall score

25% (3.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 full sized pitch equivalents. Changing facilities. 7v7 3G FTP.

Current users: Cove FC

Rationale: Site consists of two full size grass pitches and a small sided 3G (60x40m). The 3G FTP is in poor condition with the club highlighting that it is ‘not fit for purpose’. 3G FTP was previously funded by Sport England/National Lottery funding. The refurbishment is a low priority and the club would need to demonstrate evidence of a sinking fund before any investment was considered.
Club also reports that it has issues with the grass pitches and is working towards improving the club house (currently has a leaking roof)- this is to be funded through FSIF.
Recommend that a pitch assessment is undertaken to ascertain required works for grass pitches.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; 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.

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:

  • Rushmoor Council
  • Rushmoor Futsal Development Centre
  • Rushmoor Community FC
  • Cove Youth FC
  • Farnborough FC
  • Aldershot Boys & Girls
  • Farnborough Youth FC
  • Junior Shots
  • Rushmoor Saints Youth
  • Traco Athletic Juniors