The Football Association is set to lose £1.6m of government funding because of a sharp decline in the number of people regularly playing the game.
Sport England, the body responsible for distributing government funding to grassroots sport, said the warning sends a “serious message” to the FA that it needs to reassess its participation strategy.
Take a stroll across your local playing fields on a weekend morning and the chances are you’ll hear the familiar sound of kids football.
That is, you’ll hear a load of adults shouting. Encouraging, coaching, praising, instructing, directing, complaining. It is predominantly well-intentioned, but it is shouting all the same.
A survey by Sky Sports News has revealed that poor facilities are still the biggest issue facing the grassroots game.
The survey of over 2,500 people found that poor pitches and facilities, along with a lack of investment, are the top priorities for those who play the game.
The Football Association will be working closely with local authorities across England on a plan for the future provision of grassroots football facilities.
That was the message from FA General Secretary Alex Horne in response to a Sky Sports News survey that confirmed investment in facilities as the biggest issue facing grassroots football.
Hundreds of amateur football leagues across the UK received a boost this month with the news that Julian Bauer has joined the Club Website team from Football Mitoo.
Bauer, who designed, wrote and maintained football.mitoo.co.uk for the last 14 years, brings his enormous wealth of experience to head the League Website development team.