UK opposition leader and Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn vows to excel the football power of the nation by upgrading the UK’s grassroots level football system….reports Asian Lite News
Corbyn will be watching the English FA Cup football final on saturday and supporting the London heavyweights Arsenal against Chelsea.
He is using FA Cup Final to launch a plan to woo football fans with a “flexible ticket” to help more people attend matches
The proposal would mean that people are not left with unusable tickets after matches are moved or rescheduled, the BBC reported.
The Labour Party leader is also pledging more money for grassroots football if the party wins in the June 8 general elections.
Corbyn has pledged to make football a “game for the many, not the few”.
Labour’s election manifesto also commits to ensuring the Premier League upholds a promise to put 5 per cent of its television rights income into grassroots football.
Corbyn believes that inspite of having one of the biggest domestic football leagues in the world, the younger generation is crawling with insufficient funds and football spaces.
“Despite the game we all love receiving lucrative domestic and international TV deals, the grassroots game has been shamefully starved of funding over recent years,” the BBC quoted Corbyn as saying.
“Too often, youth football teams cannot find pitches to play on and when they do they are expensive and the facilities are not fit for purpose.”
“Under these circumstances, it is no surprise we are not nurturing the talent that we all know exists within the beautiful game,” he added.
In response, the ruling Conservative Party said they were investing 30 million pounds ($38 million) a year in football and called Labour’s proposals “complete nonsense”.
“There is more money going into grassroots football than ever before,” a party spokesman added.