Mark Pover

Head of Facilities and Investment, The Football Association

Mark has been in the Sports Industry for over 30 years and despite fulfilling a number of roles, has always had a football connection. He played football to a semi professional level and holds UEFA coaching qualifications that enabled him to work in a football development role in the early part of his career, working for clubs like Leeds Utd and Huddersfield Town in player development and identification. Mark is an active member of the European Football Turf Group and has also worked on specific technical member projects for FIFA.

Mark joined The FA over 12 years ago and has been involved in over £1 Billion investment into Football Facilities across England mainly in partnership with the Premier League and Government. He is currently the of Acting Head of Facilities and Investment and manages a team of 12 staff with a remit of continued investment into new and improved facilities, developing technical standards and delivering a manufacturer led framework for Football Turf Pitches (3G) and changing rooms in partnership with Sport England and the Rugby Football Union. He has also been responsible for introducing a natural turf improvement programme and developing performance standards for natural turf.