I was looking at some articles regarding the struggles that clubs are going to face to cut costs going forward. There seems to be quite a few clubs who are getting rid of their U9, U10 and even the 14s and youth teams. I suppose that it would be inevitable that clubs would need to tighten their belts and aim their finance towards the first team.
But where will it leave football in general when many thousands of kids drift out of football completely?. Grassroots football is in real danger too. It cost a hell of a lot of money to run a Saturday/Sunday league club. Running costs; Pitches, Referees, kit plus insurance for players against injury on the pitch and travel to the game. It may be the case that when football resumes there may not be too many grassroots clubs left to form the leagues.
We are all worried about our clubs Premier League, EFL and non League due to how things are, but what about the actual game of football? The FA need to have a more 'bottom up' approach to football instead of a 'top down' approach. Participation in football also creates the fans of the future. This is why the whole football 'have and have not' culture stinks. Too much money at the top and the bread getting buttered a lot thinner as you roll down the leagues.
The FA are the guardians of FOOTBALL from the top to the bottom and it's about time that they realised this and shared better than they do now.
Perhaps I live in the past. but when Ken Roberts ran the junior teams I believe that it was largely self financed. Each player paid a small sum to play and as far as I am aware parents took there boys to the away matches. Ken negotiated for at plot of land on the Wrexham road at £500/A and volunteers turned it into a pitch for the juniors. These were the days when it wasn't necessary to have the latest "gear" to play in and and any patch of grass or street was a potential pitch. On a Saturday and Sunday the green in Blacon hosted unofficial matched all over, although it did get a bit quiet at pub opening time, only to fill up again mid afternoon. Gary Talbot told me that he learned his skills on the cobbles of Blackburn, then there was the centre forward called Horsefield who says that he led the line for a Pub team when he was 13!!- He was hard. I believe that a lot more players from the Chester area became professional footballers, before it became so regimented