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BUDGET REACTION: Former England goalkeeper David James MBE gives his reaction to the £25 million given to grassroots football

 

One of the key points in the Budget, announced by Rishi Sunak last Wednesday, was that £25 million will be set aside for grassroots football.

David James MBE, former England goalkeeper, has been proactively lobbying the Government for support for grassroots clubs since August and has helped write two reports on the issue, have provided the foreword for ‘The State of Play’ and ‘The Final Whistle’. Having come through grassroots himself to make World Cup appearances for England as well as enjoying stints at clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City and Portsmouth in the Premier League, the issue is close to his heart.

He has now launched a petition, along with Utilita Energy, calling for the Government to subsidise or provide free access to Government or council-owned football training facilities and state-owned schools’ outdoor areas in anticipation of football resuming.

In an interview with Local TV, he says he is grateful for the £25 million put aside by the Chancellor but believes more needs to be done for those clubs who are struggling in the present as well as discussing his own passion for playing with his mates now he has retired.


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