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We have received notification that Walsall MBC intend to increase their pitch hire fees for next season to: –

Senior football (no changing rooms) from £804 to £1817 (an increase of 128%)
Senior football with changing rooms from £1677 to £2567 (an increase of 54%)
Junior pitch from £362 to £1618 (an increase of 323%)
9 v 9 pitches from £367 to £1333 (an increase of 263%)

This is subject to public consultation.

Teams and leagues are already struggling – how do they expect teams and clubs to meet these costs.?

2 comments for this article:
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    graham_foreman

    I think those responsible for making these pitch hire increases at Walsall MBC have never had any involvement with grass roots football at all. If they had they would have realised that most if not all of the teams who use these facilities will not be able to afford such increases and will cease to exist. The MBC aren’t promoting recreation they are merely just becoming executioner’s for grass root’s football. Maybe that’s what they want, no green fields, just housing estates? Be interesting to find out what the FA think about these increases.

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    Keith Hardy (Chairman)

    Thanks Graham. The County FA have now been informed and are in dialogue with the MBC.

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