Today The Football Association have announced that they will invest a record £260m into the grassroots game over the next four years.
It is a £60m increase on the funding allotted for the previous four-year period, which ended this summer, so an extra £15m per year.
I welcome this increase and I hope that it will be well targeted to make sure as many children can access football as possible. However, this is just a small change and in isolation it is not going to address the huge problems facing grassroots football.
Local Councils continue to be drained of their resources, inevitably leading to reduced support for sports facilities and activities across the country. Teams and leagues are closing and some families are being priced out of the game. This is not sustainable without a major realignment to get the sport back on solid ground.
Today’s decision once again highlights the importance of the Save Grassroots Football campaign, which asks the Premier League to give more money back to the grassroots. I will continue to pressure the Government to take action and deliver a new settlement which will protect football for the next generation.