Football: Clubs

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the establishment of the Future High Streets Fund to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future, whether they will consider providing similar assistance to local football clubs to ensure such clubs can continue to benefit their communities; and whether they will work alongside the football authorities to this end.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

At last Budget the government announced a £675 million Future High Streets Fund to help improve infrastructure and access to high streets, put historic buildings back to use and make town centres fit for the future.

At the same time, the government recognises the important social and wellbeing benefits local football clubs can bring to their communities. Through our partnership with the FA and the Premier League in the Football Foundation Charity, we are investing more money than ever before into creating the facilities across the country that can be used for local community use.

New Local Football Facility Plans for every Local Authority in England are being worked up over the next 12 months. These plans will identify the places where investment in facilities is needed the most.

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