Sky Sports News survey highlights threat to grassroots football from underfunded, poor quality pitches

A Sky Sports News survey has revealed that poor facilities and a lack of funding are "killing off football" at grassroots level.

More than two and a half thousand people responded to the survey enquiring about the barriers to participating in 11-a-side local football.

Poor quality pitches and a lack of provisions from local authorities came top of the issues raised.

More than 65% of respondents said they did not think local councils did enough to support facilities and the costs of low-level football, and 83.7% said the FA does not do enough to preserve the grassroots game.

The time demands of participating in local sport was also an issue, especially when poor weather affects already worn pitches and games end up backlogged into the spring.

One viewer, Lee from Glasgow commented on Skysports.com: "One of the constant challenges is cancelled games and training sessions due to unplayable, waterlogged pitches from November to March.

"The end of the season is then a problem due to accumulation of games and the need to play 2 or 3 times per week."

Whilst the weather is no fault of any authority, there is a consensus that in the event of extreme weather, local services could do more to prevent damage to pitches and then help return them to a playable state.

The decline in quality of pitches was also highlighted as being a safety risk.

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