GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH?
Fresh from yet another underwhelming performance of the English national team at a World Cup Finals (as the other home nations struggle to qualify for any sort of tournament at all) and after an eye-watering £835 million has been spent by Premier League clubs during the last transfer window, amateur and grassroots football leagues up and down the country are dying because of rising costs and poor facilities, as more and more young people turn their backs away from playing our national game.
How can we improve the state of grassroots and amateur football for the long term benefit of football in this country?
How can grassroots football be saved?
Join the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service at the home of Accrington Stanley FC (‘the club that wouldn’t die’) on Friday 21st November at 7pm as we debate, discuss and seek ways to increase dialogue amongst Parliamentarians, lobbyists, campaigners and football enthusiasts about the way grassroots football is organised, governed and financed in this country.
Speakers at the event will include:
• Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn and a member of the APPG for Football,
• David Crausby MP, submitter of an e-petition about grassroots football
• Kevin Rye (Supporters Direct)
• Kenny Saunders, grassroots football campaigner and football coach
• A representative from the Football Foundation
• Other guests to be confirmed