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grass roots footy should be a summer sport simple as. 6 weeks school holidays give volunteers loads more time and kids to play on proper pitches. but I feel for grassroots football and the kids cuz they will get the blame for when England fail in 2014 WC again.
A story about football is full of the usual condescending snobs who look down on all football fans and players as violent thugs? I'm shocked, truly shocked. Violence, racism, etc happen at every level of society, whether the people involved are football fans or not. As for the story, no, grass-roots football in this country is beyond saving, and new rules like the moronic EPPP will finish it off.
@141, NothernApe's comment is well founded, it is not just the 'thugs' in football, it is all the underhandedness, back stabbing, money wasting, disrespect, corruption etc. Take the respect campaign for example, all the captains wear the logo on their arm bands yet they will time waste, dive, claim for decisions that are not theirs, swear at the ref, try to get opponents sent off, the list goes on
A couple of points:1. We produced more and better footballers and more people played the game when even less money went to the 'grassroots'; how much was spent on development in the '50s and '60s?2. 'Grassroots football' is still in much better shape than other sports; look at Cricket! And how many people really play Rugby, Tennis et cetera?
140 - what a stupid comment. For every violent thug (please name more than Mr Barton) that plays football there are hundreds of people like Chris Powell in the game. Nobody teaches kids to play football unfairly, and it remains the most popular sport in the country. So of course grass routes funding is needed.
If money is to be spent at grassroots level it should be on sports that encourage children to be become better people. Rugby and cricket are two obvious candidates.Football does not deserve more cash, not until the FA's members can control the violent thugs they pay so handsomely.
The answer to the article is simply no, the current FA is an old boys club who spend all the money on 'business' weekends in lavish hotels being driven around and paying themselves massive wages for very little work, but hey isn't that what happens in every major organisation in this country?@138 I completely agree I wouldn't want anyone in my family getting involved in this scumy business
I'm amazed parents want their children playing football. It's full of drunken thugs who can't stop spitting and being foul mouthed. I'm not saying that all the players/fans are like that but certainly a large percentage.Football is often just an excuse for gangs to fight each other and for people to buy awful tabloid papers to read which latest football 'star' is going to prison.
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I used to travel abroad extensively and had some friends in Brussels who helped with a third division team in Belgium. This team had 4 grass pitches and two top synthetic pitches. The club were part funded by the local council, who even payed for the lights when home games were played. 300 kids per week were involved with the club, with all levels of ability. keeping them of the streets.
Building new pitches is a good idea...but Junior Football needs sorting out properly by the FA before any improvements will occur. Some good changes have been made, but Junior Football teams are still often run for the benefit of coaches and parents rather than children.You can still see them at weekends screaming at refs and their own kids...........this needs stamping out.
The Fa need to change their anti 3g/artificial pitches policy firstly. Unlike most of Europe where facilities are much better and open all year round. Too many poor pitches over here which affects tge quality of football being practiced and played.
@16. FCUofM>> A large chunk should be taken out and given to the FA to directly fund improvements on pitches.Rubbish. We need less bureaucracy from the FA not more of it. If you give money to the FA to invest in pitches they'll spend it on prawn sandwiches and corporate hospitality for their rich mates.
I'm a ref at grassroots level and the state of some pitches are awful. Like many people are saying, the clubs pay for the pitches and no-one maintains them. Not had a game in 2013 because of the wheather.
Our local junior football club had great plans to replace the awful pitches (no changing rooms etc) they rent from the council with a purpose built development.The council refused because the new site was in the green belt - like you're going to find enough room for three football pitches in the town.Money isn't the problem like so many things in this country bureaucracy and busy bodies are.
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