Parklife Football Hubs

The FA, the Premier League and Sport England have developed the Parklife Football Hubs Programme to target areas where pressures on the local game are greatest

The aim of the new programme is to create a new sustainable model for football facilities based around artificial grass pitches on hub sites.

The fund will provide significant new investment into local, accessible facilities and differs from traditional football investment streams as the funding partners are keen to see a portfolio approach that provides an area-wide solution, rather than a one-off site investment.

Parklife national funding round

The national funding round will be launched on 26 October 2016 in Sheffield. Expressions of Interest will be invited from local authorities with a population of 200,000 or more, giving a direct opportunity for over 80 local authorities to access the programme.

The reason for a population threshold is because evidence suggests a certain level of population density is required to create sufficient demand to support the Parklife model. Smaller local authorities may partner with neighbouring areas in order to achieve the population threshold.

Three national workshops for priority LAs will take place in November at the following dates and locations:

This will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Parklife Football Hubs model, discuss the new Sheffield pathfinder facility and talk directly with colleagues from the Football Association, Premier League and Sport England.    

Parklife Football Hubs will:

  • Be strategically planned and programmed
  • Be financially sustainable and based on strong business plans, with sites capable of income generation helping sustain a portfolio approach and reduce reliance on public subsidy
  • Be designed collaboratively with local partners including the FA, County FA, local professional club(s), the local football community and local authorities
  • Encourage people to play more regularly, or to become active and in doing so, achieve wider social outcomes
  • Be affordable, open and accessible to all
  • Be flexible – catering for football activity, other sports and also other programmes such as education, health and wider community development initiatives as appropriate
  • Offer a high-quality customer experience and provide a safe and welcoming environment for football-led and other demand-led local programmes to flourish
  • Provide a new management and operational approach to grassroots football facilities.

Expressions of interest 

This is a targeted programme and Expressions of Interest are invited by 4:00pm on 27 January 2017

A programme prospectus, FAQs and Expression of Interest form will be available here following the programme launch. Please read these documents before submitting an Expression of Interest.