Latest spending review included increase for elite athletes
5 December ~ Chancellor George Osborne’s recent spending review contained more severe cuts to funding for grassroots football. In his programme notes for the 2011 FA Cup final, David Cameron wrote: “From local parks and schools to clubs across the land, the dream of the Cup final has helped inspire a fantastic legacy of grassroots football in this country. Through football we can re-engage young people who are going through hard times. It offers them the hope, and the confidence, they need.” Since that time, £215 million has been cut from annual spending on grassroots sport.
Despite UK Sport receiving a 29 per cent increase in funding in the latest spending review, community sport relies heavily on local government grants. With their budgets slashed by up to 30 per cent, grassroots sport is bound to bit hit. The Proper Football Blog has outlined what impact that could have on football’s future.