Welsh Grounds Improvements (WGI) was formed in 2008 and is a joint venture between the Welsh Football Trust and the Football Association of Wales.
Since its formation WGI has distributed over £3m of FAW monies as grant aid for clubs for facility improvements projects.
In September 2014, The National Game Board of the Football Association of Wales formed a sub-group to work on a Review of the Pyramid structure (Levels 1-4).
It was decided that the immediate focus should be on Levels 1 and 2 and a weakness was quickly identified, the difficulties of promotion between the two levels of the pyramid.
The threat for the Welsh Premier League and Welsh football pyramid is stagnation and an objective was agreed; to bridge the gap between Levels 2 and 1 with the introduction of a Tier 2 licence.
The purpose of the Tier 2 licence is to not only bridge the gap but also to homogenise standards at this level of the pyramid throughout Wales.
The Tier 2 licence, ratified by FAW Council in February 2015, focusses only on Infrastructure criteria and following on-site audits of the 40 clubs, which have played in Tier 2 in 2014/15 and 2015/16, individual club Action Plans have been developed.
All clubs were provided with the Action Plan by September 2015 and work has already started at clubs. It is worth noting that the only club feedback received to date, has been positive.
Available to download below is the WGI Strategy Document, which includes information on the National Game Board Pyramid Review and the proposals for WGI during 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
Applications are now open for the 2016-2017 round of funding. The deadline for clubs in tiers 2 - 5 to apply is the 23rd December 2016. All relevant documents can be found below.