The National Game Strategy was launched by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn on Wednesday 18th August 2015. It will target four key areas of the amateur game for investment between now and 2019.
Boosting Participation: Building on the increases in boys and girls participation and growth in disability football, while delivering more varied formats of the game to address the drop in traditional 11v11 weekend football among adult males.
Developing better players: £4 million per year will be invested in grassroots coaching. There will be a network of County Coaches – tasked with improving and supporting coaching across grassroots football with club mentoring programmes. The extension of coach bursaries will get more women and people from diverse backgrounds into the profession and there will be a drive to get more top level grassroots coaches into the game.
Better training and facilities: The FA is committing £48 million to improving facilities directly through its funding of the Football Foundation as well as investment in 100 new turf pitches and improvements to a further 2,000 as part of The FA’s Pitch Improvement Plan. Further funds have also been dedicated to building 30 new football hubs across key cities - with a pilot scheme already underway in Sheffield – with the Government committed to matching The FA’s contribution.
Football workforce: Football will become more representative of the communities it serves through inclusion initiatives. The FA is also rolling out technology to run the game more efficiently and create direct lines of communication with players across all grassroots leagues making football truly integrated.
Derbyshire County FA has committed itself to The FA's 4 year strategy and in line with this has created a new vision of where it will be in 4 years time:
“To be a smart organisation that offers and develops football in Derbyshire through a flexible, modern and relevant approach whilst ensuring that engagement of the local community is at its highest.”
This vision has 5 key values:
Modern – to keep up-to-date with the latest "trends"
Relevant – to provide opportunities for all
Smart – to be cost effective, focused and driven
IT Enabled – to serve the needs and engage with our customers
Flexible – to provide a variety of products and offers to meet the needs of all
More specifically, The FA's 4 year strategy and DCFA's vision & values will be implemented through the following 7 key priorities:
- Create a Derbyshire County FA "One Team Approach"
- Referee coverage to reach 91% across the County by building relationships with leagues and further establishing the Referee Development Team
- Develop and enhance sustainable working relationships with Derbyshire County FA sanctioned leagues through forums and one-to-one meetings
- Retain all current affiliated formats of the game in Derbyshire, particularly male adult and female provision through a joint approach with the Operations and Football Development Departments
- Provide and implement recreational offers to increase participation e.g. 11v11 Flexi Leagues, Walking Football and Just Play sessions
- Utilise the Whole Game System to reduce the burden of administration on our volunteers
- Build on success of achieving the Equality Standard for Sport, through establishing a sustainable Inclusive Advisory Group (IAG) and Local Football Anti-Discrimination Panel (LFADP)
As always, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Derbyshire County FA team if we can assist you with any of your footballing needs on 01332 361422.