Cash injection for grassroots game

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Premier League has combined with the Football Association and the Government to invest in grassroots facilities.

A day after the 20 top-flight clubs pledged to set aside at least £1billion of television money to the football pyramid outside of the top division from next year, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, FA chairman Greg Dyke and sports minister Helen Grant appeared at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south-west London.

A joint initiative to build more 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years was announced.

Scudamore said: “The Government’s initiative is brilliant news for the grassroots of the game and we will work with them as a committed partner to ensure that the scheme is implemented as rapidly as possible.

“The clubs, when meeting yesterday, identified grassroots facilities as one of their five key strategic priorities, with detailed funding commitments to be announced towards the end of the year.”

Last December the Government announced that it would invest an additional £50million into football’s grassroots over the next five years – with £8million a year going into facilities and £2million going into coaching.

The FA agreed to match that investment, while the Premier League has committed to invest in facilities as a funding priority through to at least 2019.

The investment will be in addition to the £102million of funding already going into the Premier League and FA facilities fund over three years from 2013-14, which is administered by the Football Foundation.

The move follows comes after FA chairman Dyke proposed an overhaul of grassroots facilities in his England Commission report.

Dyke said: “We have identified grassroots facilities as a major priority for the FA, along with coaching and coach education.

“It is great that our idea for hubs up and down England is being backed by both Government and the Premier League.”

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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