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Wembley Stadium and the future of English football discussed

18 July 2018

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be holding an evidence session on Wembley Stadium and the future of English football on Wednesday 18th July at 2pm.

Focus of the session

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Martin Glenn, CEO, Football Association, and Nick Bitel, Chair, Sport England, will be questioned on subjects such as: the risks and benefits of selling Wembley; how proceeds of a sale would be invested; and the sort of assurances the FA, Sport England and DCMS would look for in the event of a sale.

The Committee will also hear from prominent figures in the football world, including broadcaster and former professional football player Gary Neville, and Katrina Law representing the Football Supporters' Federation.

Chair's comment

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said:

“We send our wholehearted congratulations to Gareth Southgate and the England team for their excellent tournament at the World Cup in Russia.

“As with England's two previous championship semi-finals, at Italia '90 and the 1996 Euros, the whole country has been inspired by their performance.

“Now is the perfect time to consider how the Government, sports funding bodies and the FA can build a legacy from the success of England's World Cup campaign, to improve grassroots facilities for the sport, and to see more talented young footballers develop into Premier League players and future internationals.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with the FA, Sport England and the Sports Minister on Wednesday.  We will also be joined by Gary Neville, who was capped 85 times for England, as well as playing during the Euro '96 tournament.

“Any discussion about plans for the future of football must now include questions about the future of the Wembley Stadium. We want to understand whether or not the proposed sale of Wembley will create a lasting dividend for football in England, how the money raised from the sale might be used, and what alternative funding opportunities exist.”

Witnesses

Wednesday 18 July 2018, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 2.00pm

  • Katrina Law, Football Supporters' Federation
  • Gary Neville, broadcaster and former professional football player

At 3.00pm

  • Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society
  • Martin Glenn, Chief Executive, The Football Association
  • Nick Bitel, Chair, Sport England

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