LPFF Blog

I have always felt that our relationship with the clubs using our facilities is more than a provider/customer one in that we both should take ownership for safeguarding the long-term future of the game.

It was reassuring to hear the Prime Minister recently announce a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. Now that funding will be made available, rather the re-invent the wheel, the Government should be looking to champion and replicate those innovative interventions that have emerged over the past few years, such as our Coping Through Football project, to improve the lives of one of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

How many of the current squad representing England in France this summer have relived that moment as a child growing up, pretending to be Geoff Hurst and Kenneth Wolstenholme in the same moment? And where did all this happen? On a local playing field where, for most of us, our love for sport began.

The Government’s new sports strategy “Sporting Future” and its ambition to transform people’s well being and create a fitter, healthier and happier nation has much to commend it.

Two reports published this week providing reasons why young people drop out of sport early tell us what we’ve known for some time.