This week in Parliament there was a short debated titled “the future of Wembley Stadium and the funding of grassroots football” lead by my colleague Justin Madders MP.

When the sale of Wembley Stadium was proposed the FA planned to use the income gained to fund major investment into the grassroots game. Now that the sale has fallen through people are once again considering the perilous state of grassroots football and the way that we fund it.

As it was only a half hour debate there were no chances for lengthy contributions other than from Mr Madders and the Minister in response, but they were generous enough to give way to short interventions from other Members. There were many different options raised as potential sources of income for grassroots football, including a levy on agents’ fees, transfer fees and tax ring-fencing. I took the opportunity to advocate for a position I have championed over many years, taking a bigger proportion of the Premier League’s TV rights deal and redistributing it before the big clubs get a hold of it.

You can watch my full contribution to the debate on the video above. If you’d like to watch the entire debate it’s on Parliament TV.

I hope you will consider signing this petition calling for the Premier League to give more back to grassroots football – https://www.change.org/p/government-impose-5-levy-on-the-premier-league-s-broadcasting-rights-back-into-grassroots

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