Hackney Marshes Hosts Its Weekly Sunday League Football Matches...LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24:  Sunday League football matches are played on the Hackney Marshes pitches, as they have done since 1949, on January 24, 2010 in London, England. Hackney Marshes is known as the home of grass roots football, it has 88 full-sized football pitches which is the greatest concentration of football pitches in Europe. The Olympic Delivery Authority is applying to build a giant wind turbine on the site of Hackney's East Marsh in a bid to fulfill the Games' environmental legacy.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The English Football Association is planning to invest £260 million as part of a scheme to improve grassroots football throughout the country.

The ‘Parklife’ project will build 30 new all-purpose facilities by 2020 in a partnership between the FA, the government’s Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Premier League and Sport England.

England have won only one major senior international tournament, the 1966 World Cup, partly attributed to insufficient grassroots facilities and no long-term plan.

“We will benefit for decades,” said interim England manager Gareth Southgate.

Hope the NFF can learn from the English FA? The NFF must as a matter of urgency restructure Nigeria Football by paying deliberate attention to developing talent through schools and academies. That’s the only way to ensure a continuity in the supply chain. 

Jeriah Udi

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