Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield, has signed a letter calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.

The letter, signed by a cross-party group of 128 MPs was drafted by Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and sent to FA Chair Greg Clarke.

It states that the 28,000 empty seats for the recent England game against Slovenia represent ‘28,000 lost opportunities to inspire England stars of the future’.

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister said:  

“This letter represents agreement from a large cross-party group of MPs, that where they can foresee large blocks of empty seats at Wembley – they need to commit to giving these to schools across the country.

“The 28,000 empty seats at Wembley represent 28,000 lost opportunities – for many young children across the country, seeing England play live at Wembley is a distant dream. The FA can turn this dream into a reality.”

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield said: “I have added my name to a letter drafted by Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.

“Wembley Stadium had 28,000 empty seats during the last England match and there are many school in Northfield that would welcome the chance to offer young people the opportunity to be at Wembley to see England Play.

“For games where the FA expects or knows that there will be a large number of empty seats, these should be given to schools.”

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