Our Work

The GPFA carries out a wide range of work providing services to its members

Grants and Loans

The GPFA awards grants and loans to members to improve their sport and play facilities. To date we have made over 1400 awards across the county. Our grants are also useful for getting matched funding from other sources.

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Recent Grants include:

  • Bourton Vale Cricket Club – £2000 for new cricket nets
  • Slimbridge Parish Council – £2000 for new playground equipment
  • Cainscross Parish Council – £2000 for new changing rooms
  • Yorkley Community Centre – £400 for skatepark repairs

Click here to visit the GPFA Grants and Loans page

From April 2019 GPFA commenced administration of the Gloucester City Council Pitch Improvement Grant scheme. Please click here for further information.

Site Visits

Free site visits to advise on outdoor playgrounds, playing fields, sports pitches and other recreational areas. Our impartial advice is much valued by members and has helped them to maintain and improve their facilities

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Funding Advice

Fundraising advice for sport and recreation projects plus assistance in completing applications. Our support has enabled members to secure significant external funding for their projects

Playing Field and Playground Assessment Scheme

A free non-technical assessment of your playing fields and playgrounds with an easy to follow report. Available on request.



Preference booking and reduced rates for training courses we organise (including very popular playground management seminars for volunteers, councillors and clerks.

Also basic on-site training for those involved in Routine Inspections of Playgrounds

For details of our courses click here

The Playing Field

Free regular PDF newsletter with details of what’s happening in the county. Useful to see what other groups and councils are doing and if it can be done in yours. Click below to see a previous edition.

Youth Sports Start Up Fund


Start Up grants for new sports clubs to encourage sports participation amongst young people. The GPFA has helped establish new clubs across the county. Click below for further details

The GPFA Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Award

These awards recognise the achievements of our young sports persons with a bursary towards training and equipment costs.

Click here for further details of the award.