New £5.1bn TV deal should be used to support children’s game
12 February ~ MP David Crausby has again called on the Premier League to give more money to grassroots football in the wake of the new £5.1 billion TV deal announced earlier this week. Crausby has been campaigning for improved funding for children’s football since 2013, arguing that 7.5 per cent of the previous deal, worth £3bn, should be used to help grassroots rather than inflate wages at the top of the game.
Crausby said: “The Premier League continues to grow in popularity and there is clearly huge demand for the games on TV which is bringing in huge amounts of money.
“However, down at the grassroots level children who love to watch the game are finding it harder to actually take part themselves. Pitches are frequently closed for bad weather, there’s no changing facilities, subs are going up and the Government cuts mean that local councils are able to do less and less to help keep grassroots football alive.
“This new TV deal just reaffirms that the Premier League is better placed than ever to give something back. The sport won’t benefit from even bigger transfer fees or crazy payoffs for managers, they should take this chance to make a firm commitment to support grassroots football.” You can see more details of Crausby’s campaign and sign the petition here.