BBC Sport - Football 'grassroots really does need help'

Football 'grassroots needs help'

The Football Association is going to loose a chunk of public money for its funding of the grassroots game because the popularity of playing the sport has decreased. Money is distributed by Sport England who are also cutting the funding for golf, hockey, netball and mountaineering.

Jennie Price is the chief executive of Sports England and justified spending on football by asserting that "the grassroots really does need help."

She added that the funding goes to "the tough rough end of the game".

In regard to netball, she explained that "although the governing body is losing money, the sport itself isn't. We will be putting the money back into netball to fund the sport in further education colleges and universities".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 27 March 2014.