Reigning Cheshire League champions Knutsford believe the Football Association could do more to help clubs like them.

Long-serving chairman Jimmy Evans  says there is a financial imbalance when it comes to producing the next generation of footballers.

Despite this scenario,  Knutsford, who progressed to the quarter-finals of the Cheshire Amateur Cup at the weekend, have wonthree titles in five years.

Evans said: “We remain concerned that support and funding from the FA for traditional grass roots clubs is minimal.

“Clubs from step 3-7 are on their own when it comes to financial help as the FA is singularly focused on supporting and developing recreational youth football hubs.

“Our youth development programme in partnership with Community Spirit Sports and Recreation is at zero cost to the kids.

“It is aimed at the less advantaged local youth who are restricted by the pay to play and elitist  model that is promoted by the FA. Our programme is focused on fun and enjoyment, discipline and team work and raising aspirations.”

Evans added: “The challenge for all of us in non-league is people and money.  Who takes over from the 65 year olds plus running non-league clubs and where does the money come from to improve and develop?

“And how do we get the next generation of players to transform from the world of ‘me’ and the ‘online, X box age of void’ and actually be available each & every week?”

Article: Ken Gaunt

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