Chancellor backs grassroots football as Euro 2020 fever sweeps UK
Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited a new government-funded sports facility in west London this week as Euro 2020 enters knockout stages
£ 25million in new grassroots funding – enough to fund 700 new pitches
The support builds on the £ 600million provided to sports clubs through the government’s Sports Recovery Program and Winter Survival Program
As Euro 2020 heads into the round of 16, Rishi Sunak visited Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub in west London to participate in several sessions with students from local schools.
It comes after the government committed £ 25million in new funding to support grassroots growth in the budget earlier this year – enough money to build around 700 new pitches across the UK.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:
Grassroots football and facilities like Gunnersbury Park play a vital role in local communities, supporting jobs and developing the stars of tomorrow.
That’s why we put £ 25million in new money into the budget earlier this year – building on the £ 600million in targeted support we’ve provided to sport throughout the pandemic.
Such government support will help home countries find and train the stars of the future and I urge everyone to support England and Wales as the remaining UK teams in the knockout stages of Euro 2020.
Mark Bullingham, FA Director General, said:
Grassroots football has the power to positively impact the lives of those who play, with clubs being at the heart of their communities.
The government’s recent £ 25million investment in grassroots football, the first part of its £ 550million pledge, is well received and will transform football facilities across the country.
It was fantastic to welcome the Chancellor to a core training session where he got to see the best facilities, get involved, meet the players and experience the benefits firsthand.
During the visit earlier this week, the Chancellor met with a community sports group for people with disabilities before helping organize a training session for a local school girls’ soccer group, with their coach, as well as the player from the Brentford FC Joshua Dasilva.
Last year the government introduced the £ 300million Sports Winter Survival Program to protect spectator sports in England and in this year’s budget an additional £ 300million was announced for a program recovery in order to continue supporting the clubs as fans return to the venues.
Separately, Sport England, which is funded by the government and the National Lottery, has provided £ 220million to support community sports clubs and exercise centers during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest figures show that £ 10.5million has already been awarded to more than 1,500 football clubs.
Sport England have also provided an additional £ 50million to help grassroots sports clubs and organizations as part of their Uniting the Movement strategy.
Football Foundation figures show football participation increases by 10% at facilities like Gunnersbury Park which received a Hubs grant. In 2017, that meant an additional 250,000 people participated, a third of whom were women and girls.
Many football clubs at all levels of UK national football have benefited from a multibillion-pound package of government support, including the leave program and the Covid loan programs.
Notes to Editors
Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub is part of the separate Hubs program, which has received £ 4million from the government-backed Football Foundation, serving community and grassroots sport, creating new jobs and improving health and well-being people.
The Hubs program, formerly known as the Parklife Football Facilities Program, started in 2015 and aims to provide quality grassroots football facilities in disadvantaged communities, ensuring that people of all ages can enjoy the positive benefits for the community. health and community sport participation.
Figures from the Football Foundation show that football participation increases on average by 10% at grassroots football facilities that have received a Hubs (Parklife) grant, and that multisport participation also increases by 12% at these same venues. In 2017, this amounted to 250,000 footballers, a third of whom were women and girls.
The £ 8million provided will generate an annual investment of around £ 43million once match funding is factored in, creating around 12 football centers that can attract over 300,000 participants.
The 2020 budget allocated £ 8.5million to continue the Hubs (Parklife) football facilities program in 20/21. The government has provided £ 8million in capital funding alongside the Premier League and the Football Association to match investments in local and accessible football facilities aimed at underprivileged communities. Local authorities with more than 200,000 inhabitants are eligible.