Wirral MP to hold roundtable debate on grassroots football

Wirral Globe: Alison McGovern MP Alison McGovern MP

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."

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7:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

JTBERRY says...

good to see an MP taking a keen interest in this aspect of football. With the council having increased pitch fees for amateur football this season, yet providing a reduced service in comparison to recent years, due to cutbacks, how can they justify asking council tax paying residents for more money then ever before to play football?? we are paying more, for less? how does that work? some changing rooms are falling apart, ancient showers, no hot water, awful pitch conditions (granted the council can't control the weather but is a bag of sand, a rake, spade, brush - too much to ask - and we will clear the puddles ourself. Must commend the groundsmen though who are there every week come wind rain or snow cleaning up after us and opening and closing the changing rooms - doing the best in very poor conditions!!! thanks - its appreciated!!
good to see an MP taking a keen interest in this aspect of football. With the council having increased pitch fees for amateur football this season, yet providing a reduced service in comparison to recent years, due to cutbacks, how can they justify asking council tax paying residents for more money then ever before to play football?? we are paying more, for less? how does that work? some changing rooms are falling apart, ancient showers, no hot water, awful pitch conditions (granted the council can't control the weather but is a bag of sand, a rake, spade, brush - too much to ask - and we will clear the puddles ourself. Must commend the groundsmen though who are there every week come wind rain or snow cleaning up after us and opening and closing the changing rooms - doing the best in very poor conditions!!! thanks - its appreciated!! JTBERRY
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10:26pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

She likes the sound of her own voice just like the rest of them
She likes the sound of her own voice just like the rest of them Positive thinker
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