Northern Premier Division clubs FC United, Scarborough Athletic and South Shields have released a joint-statement calling on the government and FA to provide vital support to clubs below the National League.
As part of the statement, it is explained: “This is not just about us but about recognising that grassroots football matters. It matters to our supporters, to our communities and to the wider football structure, which needs us as a stepping stone to elite.
“We therefore call on government and the FA ‘to step up to the plate’ and engage through the non-league Alliance Committee to secure additional relief for affected clubs from the impact of local restrictions. This should include measures to compensate clubs for the significant loss of food and beverage revenue by recognising them as hospitality businesses and to recognise Covid-secure environments by raising capacities for clubs significantly disadvantaged by national and local restrictions, or else to provide a compensation package appropriate to losses suffered in the same way as provided for the National League.
“We also call on other affected clubs to join us in making their voices heard in public and through their local MPs. As three step 3 clubs, we are an irrelevance to those in power, but as a block of thousands of grassroots clubs, supporters and constituents, we can be heard.
“Grassroots football must not be abandoned.”