All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league's outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5 million farewell gift.
We believe that money is better spent in grassroots football more than Scudamore who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season.
The infrastructure and standard of surfaces is woefully inadequate for growing grassroots participation with evidence showing a decline in participation in football across the UK.
The FA has previously described these types of pitches as being in an “abhorrent state” with reports of some teams not playing at all during the winter months of November to March because their local pitch is simply not up to scratch.
Football pitches throughout England are predominately controlled by local government. And like other sports, football has been victim of reduced maintenance and groundskeeper staff in parks, alongside increased pitch fees for association football.
Rising costs alongside poor and irregular playing opportunities means a poor experience for players.
This concept is critical to the future of English football. Because if we do not develop football participation, we may lose the national game, or at least the grassroots part.
So we urge Premier League clubs to support our Crowdfunder to the tune of £250,000 each and give the grassroots game a lifeline, rather than Scudamore another golden handshake.