Value of grassroots football in Lincolnshire put at £170 million, new report from Football Association finds
The importance of grassroots football in South Holland and Lincolnshire is valued at nearly £170million, according to a new report.
With more than £1 million a week being ploughed into the "national game" across England, the Football Association launched a new report setting out the impact of football both socially and
economically in England.
The report found that about eight million adults play football regularly, producing a so-called "well-being valuation of £8.7billion.
According to the report, the direct economic value of grassroots football was found to be £2.1billion, while the health benefits of the game saves the NHS £43.5million every year in GP visits alone.
Meanwhile, at county level, grassroots football in Lincolnshire is worth £169million in terms of its social and economic value.
Nick Hanson, chief executive officer for Lincolnshire, said: "We welcome this research and the findings of the report as it highlights the social and economic value of football across the county.
"The challenge for us moving forward is to increase the reach of football and engage those not currently involved in the game."
The report, the first of its kind by the FA, used a wellbeing valuation method to measure the equivalent amount of income a person would need to earn to make up for the wellbeing from playing football regularly.
Mark Bullingham, the FA's chief commercial and football development officer, said: "This research demonstrates the significant impact that grassroots football has on every part of the country.
"It is a tribute to the great work that Lincolnshire FA does every day.
"We have always known that amateur football makes a huge contribution to our economy and
society in so many ways and it is fantastic to have that proven now."