Sported backs new FA report that values the social and economic impact of grassroots football at over £10bn
Sported has welcomed a new report launched by The Football Association [The FA] that explores the social and economic value of adult grassroots football in England.
With the game’s governing body investing £1 million each week into the grassroots game to support the 12 million people who regularly play football, it commissioned the report, which is the first of its kind, to set out the contribution of adult grassroots football to the nation’s economy and wellbeing.
The report found that regular grassroots football in England has a social wellbeing value of £8.7bn, with players reporting significantly higher levels of general health, confidence, motivation and trust compared with those who play other sports. Lower income groups in particular were found to experience greater quality-of-life benefits from football compared with higher income groups, specifically in their health and confidence levels.
In addition to social benefits, the direct economic value of grassroots football was found to be £2.1bn each year, while the report also found that the health benefits of playing regular grassroots football produces a cost saving of £43.5m per year to the NHS through reduced GP visits alone.
Tom Burstow, Deputy CEO at Sported, said: “This new report from the FA highlights the enormous value of grassroots football to society. Football has a unique power to bring communities together, inspire confidence and improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing. At Sported we’re proud to back the FA’s campaign and lend our support to ensuring everyone – regardless of income, gender, disability or background – has the opportunity to access and benefit from the beautiful game.”
Mark Bullingham, The FA’s Chief Commercial and Football Development Officer, said: “This research demonstrates the significant impact that grassroots football has across society so it’s great to see [insert name of organisation] has endorsed this report.
We have always known that football improves people’s health; this report quantifies exactly by how much, and also demonstrates football’s social contribution to players and society as a whole.
This significant programme of work will not only benefit the grassroots football community, but help The FA and our partners further promote the game and its undeniable benefits to even wider audiences.”
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