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.

Don’t you just love those David Attenborough natural history programmes where he passionately describes the plight of another endangered species? And following the programme the charity promoting the cause is inundated with donations from people like you and me who want to see the species protected forever. Playing fields are a bit like that but no-one is making emotive television programmes campaigning against their loss. This is strange considering how much they play a part in people’s lives.

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.

“If we don’t save playing fields people will die” was my exasperated response to someone once who kept questioning why they should support a charity like us. Sometimes it’s hard to get people to make the link between playing fields and improving lives.