Being sort of retired, I have the time to manage two websites for local amateur football leagues operating in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area of England, where I lived for 35 years.
These two local leagues offer active sport and enjoyment for over 2,000 local men yet operate under immense difficulties. Local football pitches are often badly maintained, sometimes not maintained at all. Some are in such bad condition that they cannot be used for weeks at a time. Teams cannot play, players lose interest and clubs fold. The FA professes to have ‘grass roots’ football high on its agenda but at the present rate of attrition there will be none left in ten years. It is time for them to make funds available to local councils who have no funds to make pitches fit for purpose.