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FA unveils £180m plan to kickstart grassroots football after lockdown


The Football Association has unveiled a £180m plan to boost grassroots football over the next four seasons, as restrictions on outdoor sport in England lift on Monday. 

The FA’s strategy, titled ‘Survive. Revive. Thrive’, has the immediate aim of providing financial and business support to get the base of the game back on its feet in light of the debilitating effects of the global pandemic. 

More than 14 million people in England are active at grassroots level across the country and a report has shown the social and economic value of this equates to worth more than £10bn each year.

The Football Association wants to kickstart the grassroots game

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James Kendall, the FA’s director of football development, noted the return will “change people’s lives by bringing communities together and improving the health of the nation”.

He admitted the grassroots game has not only been severely hampered by Covid-19, but by “a lack of focus in the past”.

To that end, the FA has made a commitment to equal access for girls in schools and clubs as well as a vow to generate 5,000 new pitches. 



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