2019/20 GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL SURVEY ANNOUNCED BY THE FA
The Football Association [The FA] has today announced its annual survey for participants in Norfolk to provide feedback on the grassroots football provision in the local area.
Players, coaches, parents, supporters, volunteers, referees, club and league officials across Norfolk now have the opportunity to highlight areas where they require support, suggest areas for improvement and outline the impact of particular campaigns or schemes.
Since the online survey was originally launched, the responses of more than 100,000 grassroots participants have helped to inform the decision making and allocation of resources by The FA and respective County FAs. Results from the 2018/19 edition identified five key areas – both on and off the pitch – where a renewed focus is required:
- Identify the resources and tools that clubs need the most support with
- Foster the right experience for participants at this level of the game
- Encourage young people to stay active in different roles across the game
- Ensure the RESPECT campaign has a positive impact on all participants
- Adapt to the changing nature of modern grassroots football
Norfolk FA has already implemented several improvements since receiving localised feedback via the survey previously. These include, increasing Safeguarding Compliance visits across the county; rewarding Club Welfare Officers as part of the annual Volunteers’ Awards Evening; hosting the Norfolk Women’s Cup Final at Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road; and tackling negative behaviour in youth football via the recently launched ‘Norfolk Football is Positive Campaign’ currently taking place throughout October.
Gavin Lemmon, Chief Executive of Norfolk FA, said: "As always, we encourage everybody involved in Norfolk Football to take the FA’s Grassroots Football Survey. It’s a valuable piece of research which allows participants and volunteers within the grassroots game to have their say and to have an input on the future of local football.
“Every year we receive direct geographical feedback from The FA, and try to implement positive change locally off the back of it. This year we are hoping for more responses than ever to ensure a more accurate representation of the opinions within Norfolk Football.”
Visit TheFA.com/HaveYourSay to take part in the 2019/20 Grassroots Football Survey.