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Welwyn Garden City chairman urges PL clubs to offer help to grassroots football

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Welwyn Garden City chairman Ray Fiveash has told Premier League sides to put their financial plights into perspective as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten grassroots football.

As professional clubs count the cost of the delay in returning supporters to stadiums after an increase in Covid-19 cases, there have been calls for a rethink to help those whose finances are in turmoil.

But, further down the pyramid, the measures put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus continue to jeopardise the future of non-league and local teams.

The ‘State of Play’ report, commissioned by energy firm Utilita and released on Monday, revealed 10 per-cent of grassroots clubs fear closure in the coming months.

Former England goalkeeper David James visited the home of Welwyn Garden City FC to raise awareness of the effect Covid-19 is having on grassroots football.

One such club is Welwyn Garden City, who play in

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Kirk Ferentz Focused on Hawkeyes’ Health Ahead of Football Improvement

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Kirk Ferentz could spend his time figuring out ways his team could compensate for missing spring practice. Instead, the Iowa football coach is focusing on staff and player safety and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re not meeting with our guys (about football),” Ferentz said during a Wednesday teleconference. “I think the rule now says we can have two hours a week with them, but I think we can spend those two hours better served other ways.

“I’d rather have guys just staying in touch with each other and working through their academic stuff. Hopefully we’ll have time to get to the football whenever it’s time, but what we would do now wouldn’t substitute for what we’re missing. We’ll worry about that later. That’s my attitude with all this.”

In other words, the life-changing time everyone is experiencing is bigger than sport for Ferentz. Players received

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