Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow

Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow

Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow

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A PETITION calling on the Premier League to give more money to children’s grassroots football has been signed by more than 25,000 people.

As reported in The Bolton News, David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, launched the campaign 11 months ago after it was announced the footballing body would receive more than £3 billion over the next three seasons due to new broadcasting deals.

He is asking the league to give 7.5 per cent of its TV rights — equivalent to £375 million — to keep the cost of community football affordable for families across the country.

The Premier League currently give 3.25 per cent of the money to grassroots football projects.

Mr Crausby said he is delighted to have a reached 25,000 signatures — with 3,000 signatures being collected just last weekend.

He added: “I think that people appreciate that it’s only fair for the Premier League to share some of its wealth to ensure that all children across Britain can access organised football and good facilities.

“I hope that people will keep sharing the petition as we have just one month left to go.”

Warren Barlow, chairman of the Bolton, Bury and District Football League, welcomed the volume of support for the petition.

The league — which receives no funding from the Premier League — helps organise 280 matches every Saturday morning for community football teams across the region.

Mr Barlow said: “There is a massive lack of facilities for grassroots football, and the budget cuts and austerity measures have really bit into the council’s ability to cut and maintain the pitches.

“It costs £200,000 to build one all-weather, 3G football pitch — less than some professional footballers make in a week.

“It’s atrocious. The FA are doing their best but it’s the Premier League which has the power, and it’s a business and a global brand. I don’t believe they’re interested in grassroots football.”

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures before February 20, it will be considered for debate by the backbench business committee.

You can see and sign the petition here.

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8:13am Sun 26 Jan 14

normid norm says...

It should have been happening years ago, when you consider the salary levels of top premier league players it is obscene.
The EPL is a business model controlled by a handful of greedy chairmen & owners, the supporters follow blindly be it at the stadium or on sky pay their money.
Irresponsible chairmen then take over to pay players salaries of over £100k a week & in some cases £200k a week, now don't tell me that is the actions of a level headed responsible chairman?
It should have been happening years ago, when you consider the salary levels of top premier league players it is obscene. The EPL is a business model controlled by a handful of greedy chairmen & owners, the supporters follow blindly be it at the stadium or on sky pay their money. Irresponsible chairmen then take over to pay players salaries of over £100k a week & in some cases £200k a week, now don't tell me that is the actions of a level headed responsible chairman? normid norm
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8:35am Sun 26 Jan 14

George X says...

Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow ???? If a so called journalist cant even get a headline to make sense it's time to find a different profession !!
Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow ???? If a so called journalist cant even get a headline to make sense it's time to find a different profession !! George X
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11:02am Sun 26 Jan 14

waterbottle says...

It will never happen, the EPL has been going since 1992 if they just said to all clubs that the salaries you give to your players 5% will go to grass roots just like giving tax to government. But instead they go round picking kids up not for their natural talent but pick them out and see how tall they going to be when they are 17/18 years of age and we sometimes see players on the pitch and think how on earth did he become a footballer. That is why we never get good natural home grown talent and there is plenty out there.
It will never happen, the EPL has been going since 1992 if they just said to all clubs that the salaries you give to your players 5% will go to grass roots just like giving tax to government. But instead they go round picking kids up not for their natural talent but pick them out and see how tall they going to be when they are 17/18 years of age and we sometimes see players on the pitch and think how on earth did he become a footballer. That is why we never get good natural home grown talent and there is plenty out there. waterbottle
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11:20pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Keeper of the Peace says...

Mr Barlows comments? Oh dear, don't recall him slagging of Premiership teams when BWFC were there but then his snout was snuggling up to Eddie Phil et al
Mr Barlows comments? Oh dear, don't recall him slagging of Premiership teams when BWFC were there but then his snout was snuggling up to Eddie Phil et al Keeper of the Peace
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10:09am Mon 27 Jan 14

stereo_world says...

The EPL will continue to financially strangle non-league football until the league implodes into itself. It's silly money and it's out of control now.
The EPL will continue to financially strangle non-league football until the league implodes into itself. It's silly money and it's out of control now. stereo_world
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