There are some 2o,ooo playing fields left in the UK, most of which are run by volunteers, and nearly all of which are struggling to survive due to lack of funding, advice, help and encouragement

The Playing Field

PFLF has funded a website, The Playing Field, and free regular e-newsletter, which together provide the latest updates and local, regional and national news and views on community playing fields, playgrounds and play spaces, together with dedicated advice, guidance and support on diverse subjects ranging from fundraising and maintenance, to suppliers and safety. Please have a look and sign up for the free e-newsletter.

Sport England

Sport England is investing in the development of sport at the grass roots level. The organisation operates funding programmes that are open to a wide range of organisations, including sports clubs, voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities.

Have a look at Sport England’s Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields programmes – part of their Places People Play initiative, which provide funding to help protect community playing fields, and to enable local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs, or transform non-sporting venues into grass roots sport facilities.

London Playing Fields Foundation

LPFF describes itself as the leading body for the protection, provision and promotion of playing fields in London. The organisation believes that protecting playing fields improves the lives of local people, especially those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, and its aim is to widen participation in grass roots sport by providing facilities that are accessible, affordable and attractive.

County Playing Fields Association

The County Playing Fields Association has 33 local county bodies, which can be accessed through the CPFA website for information at the local level.

The Football Association

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game of football in England and is responsible for all regulatory aspects.

For information on potential funding opportunities

The Football Foundation

The Football Foundation says it is the UK’s largest sports’ charity, which directs £30m every year into grass roots sport.

England and Wales Cricket Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the governing body for all cricket in England and Wales. The ECB website is full of information on strategies for growing the game nationally, and encouraging cricket at all levels, from grass roots up.

Rugby Football Union

The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England

The RFU has established charities which aim to develop community rugby throughout England.

The Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) is a charitable trust established by the Rugby Football Union that aims to promote and develop community rugby in England.

The Foundation also administers the Community Rugby Fund, which works to finance capital projects to improve facilities.

Institute of Groundsmanship

The Institute of Groundsmanship represents the groundscare industry and the people involved. The IOG describes as its vision, “To promote quality surfaces and quality services and establish the IOG as ‘the’ leading professional organisation for grounds management, recognised by the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the public, private and voluntary sectors for it’s industry knowledge and technical expertise”

Join In Local Sport

Join In provides opportunities for sports clubs and groups to organise sports events throughout the country, irrespective of their size or type of sport. Look at their website to see how you can get involved, or volunteer to help out.