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Hampshire FA Facilities

Grass pitch, 3G football pitch, changing rooms and more + information for clubs.

Hampshire FA is one of few counties which Operates a second site

The £1.5m project at Front Lawn Recreation Ground, Leigh Park, Havant will provide improved facilities including four changing rooms, toilets and community space - as well as the full size state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).

3G Floodlit Football Pitch inc changing facilities, Multisport courts including: Tennis Courts x3 (x2 are floodlit), Basketball & Netball, Office building with x2 function rooms and Parking (available from January 2018).

Get In Touch

Hampshire FA Facilities & Investment Manager, Sacha Nicholas: 
Hampshire FA Community Manager, Gary Pratt: / 07458 043700
Hampshire FA Community Coordinator, Paula Jeffery:
Hampshire FA Community Coordinator, Tammy Moore:

My current mission in developing facilities in Hampshire is to build sustainable quality football hubs that will provide a lasting legacy for football provision in Hampshire. 
- Sacha Nicholas, Hampshire Facilities & Investment Manager aBOUT HAMPSHIRE FA

The new Community space at Front Lawn will boast teaching facilities such as audio-visual facilities, free Wi-Fi, and dedicated support from our friendly team.

To book the facility please call 02393 879998  / 07458 043700 or email

The cost of the meeting room is from £30.00 per hour, with discounts available for Affiliated clubs and Leagues.

The cost of the pitch at Front Lawn starts from £25.00 for Charter Standard Clubs and £30.00 for all other clubs.

The following are costs for Hampshire FA's HQ:

  • Adult League/Cup Fixtures - £123.50 + VAT
  • Youth/Education League/Cup fixtures - £64.60 + VAT
  • Corporate/Charity Match - £160.74 + VAT
  • Schools Rate (two weeks’ notice) - £38.95 +VAT
  • Hire of Flood lights - £69.95 (Flat Rate)

Facilities - Clubs

Key Information

The Groundsman of the Year (GOTY) competition is a great way for volunteers to be awarded for their voluntary hours in ensuring that the pitch is well maintained in preparation for games. The top 3 grounds within Hampshire will receive the following recognition:

1. Be invited to attend the Hampshire FA Grassroots Awards Evening.

2. All 3 winners will receive a tour of a professional ground.

3. All 3 winners will receive line-marking equipment from Hampshire FA's sponsors, Fleet Line Markers.


Hampshire FA are consulted by Sport England on the loss of any playing fields through the National Planning process; Hampshire FA will therefore consult with clubs on any issues identified. We also work closely with Hampshire Playing Fields Association whose remit is also to protect the playing fields and to provide small grants.

Hampshire FA's Facilities & Investment Manager, Sacha Nicholas is also the National Governing Body representative on the Hampshire Playing Fields Association Board.


The emergence of Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs) and in particular 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) has impacted significantly on the way football is played and delivered throughout the country. FTPs offer a quality playing surface throughout the year, allowing for increased opportunities for training and match competition at all levels and ages. In a wider context and when delivered against a strategic setting such as a school site, they enhance curricular activity and provide quality playing opportunities for the wider community.

The FA has changed the Standard Code of Rules regarding the use of FTP’s that will now allow more clubs and teams to use these types of pitches. The rules have become effective from 2014/15 season and provided a FTP has been tested and appears on The FA Register it will be allowed to be used for affiliated match play in all competitions outside the National League System (NLS) i.e. Step 7 and below including Women’s and Youth Football.

Click here for The FA 3G Football Turf Pitch Register.

The FA expects that the facility operator should commission and pay for the cost of this so that the site ensures that the pitch is safe for use for all participants and meets insurance liabilities (see Testing 3G FTP’s price list).

On completion, a copy of the test report will need to be sent to The FA so they can review and determine if the pitch is suitable for competitive play. If suitable the pitch will be added to the register and the facility operator, County FA and Leagues will be notified of this. If not suitable then the site should not be used for affiliated competitive play (adult 5 a side leagues not included) until remedial work has been undertaken and another test performed. If a pitch needs to be re tested and this is not done on the same day, there will be an additional charge.

The pitch will need to be tested every three years to remain on the register. Any pitch certified under the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf will be added to the FA register for three seasons plus the additional period from the date of the field test and the register will be regularly updated. For further guidance on the use of artificial pitches refer to the downloadable guidance notes on this webpage and to discuss specific sites please contact Sacha Nicholas:

With the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and The FA, Hampshire FA run a pitch maintenance programme where you can book a visit with an experienced groundsman to assess the current condition of your pitch and maintenance equipment and offer suggestions for improvement. If you are interested in booking a visit, please contact the Facilities & Investment Manager, Sacha Nicholas:

Please click here for the contact details of our regional pitch advisor.

One of the recommendations from a visit will include advise on future maintenance; if you need a specialist contractor for the works required, our commercial partners at Southern Ground Care may support you with this. Hampshire FA can also support with guidance on pitch maintenance through bespoke workshops; the first workshop that was held took place at Winklebury, Basingstoke in relation to winter maintenance.


Improvements to facilities in the National League System are an important part of the sustainability and development of clubs wishing to adhere to the standards and requirements of The FA’s Ground Grading.

The FA Regional Managers, in conjunction with leagues within the National League System undertake a schedule of annual Ground Grading visits at Grade E and above. These visits are to ensure compliance with the grade currently played at and are carried out on a three-year cyclical basis. Ground Grading is also undertaken to identify works required for those club who may anticipate promotion to the next step at the end of a season. As such is it vitally important that clubs who are successful on the pitch maintain the same level of detail and investment into their facilities.

The FA advocates the implementation of a Facilities Development Plan for all clubs within the National League System. Reference to the Facilities Development Plan will assist clubs in identifying the necessary standards required for progressing to the next level. Ground inspections often reveal poor quality standards as a result of the lack of maintenance. This can lead to a range of defects affecting the function and performance of facilities which may result in a Club not achieving the required Grade. The Facilities Development Plan provides information on the implementation of a maintenance programme, helping to reduce potential longer term defects. As such short-term investment can reduce maintenance costs in the longer term.

Click here for all Ground Grading documents on The FA's website. 


For clubs who need funding support for ground grading there are two options, the Football Stadia Improvement fund and the Hampshire FA Senior Clubs fund, for more details please click here or see the enclosed document at the bottom of the page.

Please contact the Facilities & Investment Manager, Sacha Nicholas for more details.

Funding is also available through the Football Foundation small grants scheme to purchase ground maintenance equipment following advice from a visit. If it is determined that your pitch needs new drainage, you will need to have an independent agronomists report done to assess the extent of works and the costs involved. There is currently no funding available for routine maintenance. Click here for The FA Pitch Improvement Programme.

Click here for the funding & grants page on Hampshire FA's website. You can also click here to view Energise Me's funding page. 


parklife programme heads south

Eastleigh and Southampton are the next areas set to benefit from improved grassroots football facilities as part of The FA Parklife Programme.

Find out more about Parklife here and how it is revolutionizing the grassroots game. 

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