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Finding a solution to grass roots woes.
Thursday 16th October 2014 @ 18:00 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

As the winter months begin to close in and elements take a turn for the worse, many football pitches across the country will be rendered unplayable.

And it’s this major issue, along with a number of other concerns, that MP for Bolton North East, David Crausby, has created a government e-petition to find a solution to grass roots woes.

The 68 year old Labour politician has enlisted the support of the general public to back his campaign and make a difference.

That’s because in his opinion, every child should have the chance to take part in organised sport, but poor quality pitches and ever increasing fees are driving people out of grass roots football.

David also emphasised the concerning nature of government cuts which have had a detrimental impact on grassroots football.

The lack of investment from local authorities has forced the MP to appeal for bigger investment from the professional game, including the Premier League, which benefits from as much as £5bn from global broadcasting rights over three seasons alone.

The petition has so far generated a healthy backing and in doing so, has acquired 15,555 signatures to date.

And with another five months left on the campaign there is plenty of time to make a difference.

Given the e-petition has received more than 10,000 signatures; the relevant government department provided a response detailing the financial intricacies.

Within it, the response outlined how funding is distributed among football clubs in the country, with money being filtered from the premier league downwards.

The wealth of non-league clubs in our area gives prominence to such a debate, but there is a 100,000 signature requirement for the issue to be debated thoroughly in the House Of Commons.

Those who wish to sign the petition and make shockwaves in the foreseeable future can do, by visiting: