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Funding options for your new 3G pitch

By James Gordon

The latest GreenFields NPL newsletter is now available.

GreenFields realise the aspiration of an artificial pitch can sometimes seem financially unrealistic. We have teamed up with financial funding experts, who can offer support and business planning to enable clubs to secure the right type of funding. With extensive sports sector experience our funding partner can help to access a number of funding options including:

Local Authority (Section 106/CIL funding)

Section 106 (S106) Agreements are legal agreements between local authorities and developers; these are linked to planning permissions and can also be known as planning obligations. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new system of funding through planning charges that the council can ask developers to pay for most new building projects. S106 obligations remain alongside CIL but will be restricted to that infrastructure required to mitigate the impact of a proposal. The LA may financially support a project in other ways, dependent on local factors.

GreenFields Newsletter #17

GreenFields Newsletter #17


An academy can provide funding and revenue as well as contributing to your ongoing sink fund.

Raise Funds

This can be time consuming but can assist with part funding your project. The crowdfunding website is good to use enabling online donations. Ways to raise funds could include events, auctions or activities.

GreenFields Newsletter #17

GreenFields Newsletter #17

The Football Foundation (FF)

The Football Foundation operate a 3G pitch framework and can offer funding depending on the club meeting certain criteria, and subject to the design and build carried out by a prescribed contractor.

Private Finance

Your club may be able to borrow the money depending on certain criteria, e.g. tenure and affordability. Most commercial lenders implement a 70% loan to value (LTV)

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