By Tony Attwood
Talk about propaganda the FA certainly have the mass media in England under its control, as the FA talk up a new programme to improve grassroots football.
Not surprisingly no mention was made by the FA about the utter disaster and total cock up of its previous attempts to do anything about grass roots football. As for any attempt at investigative journalism – or even going back and reading the history of the FA in this area – not a chance. The FA know it can hand out a press release and the mainstream media will lap it up without asking a single question.
Thus once more we have a perfect example of brainwashing – the refusal to admit anything other than the standard story. In this case the bright new future (which is in fact a Brave New World of fantasy).
So let us go back and have a look at what has been going on – and as ever it has to be Untold Arsenal that does this, because everyone else has been brainwashed into following the fake story.
On 27 March 2014 Sport England announced that it was cutting its funding of the FA’s grassroots football programme because of the FA’s failure to deliver results in the project having taken, and wasted, the previous funds Sport England had given . The FA was also told to improve its performance if it did not want further cuts. The money that Sport England saved was then given directly to other bodies that were investing in grassroots football.
Sport England took the funding away from the Football Association because the number of people playing football regularly – once a week, every week – had dropped sharply while what the FA were supposed to be pushing the number up.
Having cut FA funding, Sport England then reinvested the funding to create a grassroots ‘City of Football’ – working in one place to create a whole range of new opportunities to encourage more people to play football regularly and sharing the insight with the FA to help it grow the game. Bids were invited from interested cities in April 2014.
On 16 September 2014 Nottingham was named as as Sport England’s City of Football requiring it to deliver inventive ideas, wide reaching partnerships and showing a clear vision. That project finished in 2017.
Meanwhile all we have had is the bleating of the FA and wild and woolly ideas which are totally unfunded (they are announced, there is a call for sponsors, and then there is silence).
Then in September 2014 Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said that the very best figure that could be put in the FAs finances was that it was still nine years away from being debt free – largely because of the vast funds spent on Wembley. The implication was that all the money they could lay their hands on was going into funding the debt.
The latest FA financial statement is on line – and very very hard to read. But we do know that during the 2019-20 season, the FA generated a total turnover of £335m with an operating profit of £9.8m.
To keep going it has arranged to borrow another £75m a year every year for the next four years. Savings have been talked about but no one quite knows where they are coming from.
So if we look back to August 2015 when the FA said it would invest £260m in grassroots football over the next four years, we can see that nothing happened, even though at this time the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn, said, “We have identified four key areas in which we have committed to investing £260m over the next four years – facilities, coaching, participation and developing the football workforce. Our goals are ambitious, but achievable.”
Now matters are scaled back – to under 1% of the previous scheme. But still it gets a fanfare…
Our “Return to Football Fund”, made possible with Sport England funding from the National Lottery, will target £2.1m at supporting people in low participation groups to start playing again. It will also fund initiatives aimed at bringing new players into the game and cover the cost of adapting to COVID-19 rules.
The Sweet FA and the corruption files
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- Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration
- The FA scandals part 2: The minister says reform or we close you
- The FA scandals part 3: hiding racism and appointing idiots
- Mr Wenger v The FA – the full 20 year history. And the world of the fake innuendo.
- The crimes of the FA: failing to deal with Fifa and with discrimination
- The failures of the FA: Part 6 – if we don’t communicate it is your fault
- Tracking the fun things the FA have got up to over the years. Part 7.
- How the FA have manipulated the stats in order to try and gain more power
- Are Arsenal really making progress, or are we starting to slip back?
- Luton 3 Arsenal 4: maybe it is time to say positive things
- Luton v Arsenal – the referee, the team, Saka and Cliff Bastin
- Luton Town – how do they play the game. The tackles, fouls and cards.
- Luton Town v Arsenal: Grim football, fewest goals, lowest possession rate