Football Belongs to Us, Not to the Premier League - Let's Secure Its Future
by David Crausby Labour MP for Bolton North East
Football is thriving in Britain. Millions watch the Premier League every week; stadiums full of supporters, families gathered around TVs, pages full of coverage in the newspapers, our national sport continues to play a major role in our lives.
Away from the bright lights is the other side of football. The next generation of players, children enjoying the game in their spare time. On wet and windy weekends they gather to play their favourite sport, getting good exercise, learning how to work as part of a team, making new friends and having fun.
Behind all that is an army of dedicated volunteers. I met a married couple in Bolton who do a fantastic job running a league and a team of their own. Those people are the absolute salt of the earth, because without them the game would flounder and die. They are not unusual in being expected to pay for their own training courses, and they frequently put their own money into the sport because they know in their hearts how much good they do. There are people like them all over the country providing opportunities for children to play.
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