David Crausby MP questioned Government Ministers responsible for Culture, Media and Sport in Parliament yesterday over a proposed new funding arrangement for grassroots football.
Mr Crausby has been campaigning for many years to have the Premier League give more money from their lucrative TV rights deals back to children’s grassroots football. Recently the government announced in their Sports Strategy that a new improved deal would soon be announced, but with little detail about what form that would take.
Mr Crausby spoke in Parliament to ask if the Ministers would guarantee that at least 5% of the TV rights, expected to be worth more than £8bn over the next three years, would go to grassroots football. He also highlighted that many children find that football is virtually unplayable at this time of the year while the Premier League continue to “throw money around as though it is going out of fashion”.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch responded to the Bolton North East MP and revealed that her new deal with the Premier League would only apply to domestic TV rights. Six and a half per cent of this deal will go to grassroots football, bringing investment up to roughly £100m per year.
David Crausby said:
“The Premier League today makes almost as much money selling their TV rights around the world as they do in this country. I don’t see why our children will see no benefit from this? I’m sure the extra money will do a lot of good but with this deal the Government are short changing children’s football by tens of millions of pounds every year.”