Preet Kaur Gill MP with the FA cup.

Preet Kaur Gill MP attended a Parliamentary drop-in session today to discuss the work that The FA and County Football Associations are doing to improve the grassroots game across the country.

Grassroots football is ingrained in and embedded in local communities. It is evolving and developing with rising rates of female participation, new formats and new opportunities to take part.

A recent report published by The FA proves, for the first time, that playing the game improves mental and physical health, social engagement and self-confidence.

The report found that the value of playing regular grassroots football is worth over £10bn a year to the economy and saves the NHS over £43m through GP visits alone. It also found that lower income groups experience greater quality of life benefits from football compared with higher income groups.