David James warns of ‘lost generation’ unless grassroots football gets help

  • New report fears clubs are losing nearly half of income
  • Former England keeper says game near collapse over Covid

Grassroots football clubs have lost 48% of their income since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, a new report suggests, with former England goalkeeper David James warning “we are going to lose a generation of football participants” if something is not done.

As negotiations to bail out the professional football pyramid continue in private, through the media and in parliament, a quieter crisis is breaking out across the country. Grassroots clubs, a loose definition that covers everything from non-league sides to community clubs and Sunday league teams, are on the verge of collapse.

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