Early day motion 1245

GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL

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Total number of signatures: 66

Ainsworth, Bob Allen, Graham Barron, Kevin Betts, Clive
Blackman, Bob Blomfield, Paul Blunkett, David Bruce, Fiona
Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin Chapman, Jenny Clark, Katy
Connarty, Michael Cooper, Rosie Crausby, David Crockart, Mike
Dobbin, Jim Doran, Frank Flynn, Paul Francis, Hywel
Galloway, George Gapes, Mike Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger
Hancock, Mike Henderson, Gordon Hepburn, Stephen Hood, Jim
Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Huppert, Julian Lammy, David
Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline
Marsden, Gordon McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim Meale, Alan
Mearns, Ian Morden, Jessica Morris, Grahame M Mulholland, Greg
Owen, Albert Pugh, John Riordan, Linda Robertson, John
Rotheram, Steve Roy, Lindsay Ruane, Chris Sanders, Adrian
Shannon, Jim Simpson, David Skinner, Dennis Stringer, Graham
Sutcliffe, Gerry Turner, Karl Vaz, Keith Vaz, Valerie
Vickers, Martin Walley, Joan Ward, David Watts, Dave
Williams, Mark Wood, Mike Roy

That this House recognises the importance of grassroots football to communities; notes that participation in football promotes a healthy, active lifestyle, develops team work and builds lasting friendships among children; further notes with great concern the declining standards of pitches and facilities across the country and the hardships faced by local authorities to invest in grassroots football due to cuts in funding from central Government, often combined with higher charges to use pitches; further notes the huge success of the Premier League at home and around the world leading to soaring revenues and higher wages for players at the very top of the sport; and calls on the Government to work with the Football Association and Premier League to divert more funds from the Premier League into children's grassroots football by committing 7.5 per cent of money produced by domestic and international broadcasting rights, to guarantee the future of English football and to give every child the opportunity to participate in grassroots football.