The FA is an industry these days. And acts like one. Assets will be sold, executives will get a bunce, and grass roots can go whistle. Plastic pitches will become an earner for the manufacturers and morph into private businesses like Goals. In other words, pay at the point of delivery.
In a similar vein, the LTA have capitalised on the back of the Olympics. They are building tennis courts all over the country including 4 in Central Park. There is capital funding for the build, but none for maintenance and management. The council are not coming up with the cash either. Ten years on, the country's new courts will be closed under the excuse of not being viable, with many being sold for housing, just as the gus honeybun courts on the Hoe were sold recently. And so it goes on. I used to enjoy a game or two down there at West Hoe. Not many better views from a court, although the wind could play havoc with your ball toss.