David Crausby re-launches campaign to save grass roots football following world cup defeat
David Crausby MP has renewed his campaign to change the way that children’s grassroots football is funded, arguing that opening up the sport to everyone is the best way to find the talent that will shape the England team of the future.
David Crausby, the MP for Bolton North East, originally launched the Save Grass Roots Football campaign at the start of 2013 with one simple request. He wants the Premier League to put more money into grass roots football.
At the time the Premier League had just signed new deals for TV broadcasting rights that are worth over £5bn across three seasons. David is calling for 7.5% of the money from TV deals to be ring-fenced for grass roots football.
David renewed the campaign this week by announcing a new online petition during an interview on talkSPORT Radio on 3rd July 2014. The petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures to be considered for a debate in the House of Commons.
David Crausby said:
“Our performance in the World Cup shows that while England has the best League in the world we need to do much more if we want our national team to be the best in the world as well.
“I want all children to have the chance to play football in a safe and organised environment with good quality pitches. Money pours into the very top of the sport, the Premier League, and it’s time that was reinvested into opening up the sport to everyone.
“The campaign has grown significantly since it was launched last year and more people than ever are talking about the future of grass roots football. I hope that the new petition will keep this conversation going and that enough people will add their name to take the conversation right into the House of Commons.”
The petition is live now on epetitions.direct.gov.uk and can also be accessed through http://www.davidcrausby.co.uk
The full web link for the petition is – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66835