The Foundation, with an annual budget of circa £30m, invests in local grassroots football through the provision of new and improved facilities to increase participation in the nation’s favourite game.
Welcoming the announcement, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said: “The Football Foundation carries out fantastic work across the country building and upgrading facilities and increasing opportunities for young people to play sport. I am delighted that the board of trustees has agreed to an independent non-executive chair with full voting rights as this will improve the governance structure. Strong non-executive representation is something I want at all sport governing bodies and I am hoping that some excellent candidates put themselves forward for this position.”
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported around 8,000 grants worth nearly £1billion with £420m coming directly from its three core funding partners (the Premier League, The FA and Government via Sport England).