WIRRAL South MP Alison McGovern will chair a roundtable debate with Football Association representatives today to discuss what can be done to improve the game at grassroots level.

Also attending the meeting, which starts at midday, will be local teams, and other interested parties.

This morning, Alison will attend a skills event at Church Drive Primary School in Bebington, organised by a partnership between Tesco and the FA.

Alison said: "I'm sure you will have heard (FA chairman) Greg Dyke's comments on the issue of developing football in England, and his views on what he feels the things that are holding the game back.

"The best way to ensure that the game is taken forward is to develop the game at a grassroots level, and ensure that the funding, coaching and facilities are provided to guarantee that those getting started are offered the best opportunities.

"Every weekend as I go around Wirral, I see huge numbers of players, their families and others involved in football.

"I believe that this enthusiasm, coupled with the right support and surroundings is the best way to keep our national game great."