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SBD Global/October 23, 2013/International Football
Premier League, FA and U.K. Government To Contribute $165M To Grassroots Football
Published October 23, 2013
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SCUDAMORE'S PERSONAL TRIUMPH: In London, Jim White wrote the "fund is something of a personal triumph for Scudamore, who has spent much of the past year persuading his member clubs to maintain their level of support for grassroots facilities," which began in '00 with the "launch of the original Football Foundation plan." The Premier League is insisting that "more of the money will be spent in the inner city constituencies where they largely ply their trade." Scudamore: "We’re adamant that a high percentage of the new facilities will be built in areas of deprivation." This is the "payback Scudamore believes the clubs could yield from their investment: it will help nurture the next generation of English professionals." Scudamore added, "We’ve already produced Wayne Rooney in this country. You can argue that in the past we produced decent players despite the lack of facilities. But I believe times have changed. There are more people in urban areas, it is an urban problem, large numbers of kids there are living without decent places to play" (TELEGRAPH, 10/21).