"It is vital that the forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of grassroots football and ensures that councils are properly funded to meet the needs of their residents."
Responding to the launch of the Football Association’s report into the social and economic value of adult grassroots football, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said:
“Councils recognise the importance of having accessible, good quality football pitches.
“However, only one in three grass pitches are of adequate quality and one in six matches are called off due to poor quality.
“While the FA’s investment in grassroots football will go some way to maintaining local pitches, at the current rate of investment it will take over 25 years before local pitches are brought up to a good standard.
“This is why it is vital that the forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of grassroots football and ensures that councils are properly funded to meet the needs of their residents.”
Notes to editors
- Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information.