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Crouch hoping to make a difference
Crouch hoping to make a difference

Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch, who has been made a CBE following her fan-led review into football, said she hopes the recommendations will help “set a template” for other sports.

Crouch chaired the review and published her findings last November, with a new regulator at the centre of the proposals and 47 recommendations aimed at making English football more financially sustainable.

The Conservative MP has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which have been announced ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Crouch said she hopes her recommendations will be “implemented swiftly” and that she thinks they will make “a fundamental difference to the future governance of the game”.

Outlining her thoughts on the future of other sports, she said: “I think that governance in sport is always a really important issue and it’s constantly needing to evolve and to update.

“Hopefully the principles of the recommendations in the football review will help set a template for best practice in sport going forward.”

Crouch said she wanted to get involved in the review following a turbulent few years the game has faced.

“I think there have just been too many crises in football, which have led to some football clubs not able to continue in their existing form,” she said.

“That’s why I was asked to chair the review and we took lots of evidence and came up with the recommendations that we did.”

Last March, she returned to the House of Commons following a course of radiotherapy treatment she had for breast cancer.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and worked remotely during the pandemic while undergoing treatment.

Crouch said she felt “quite humbled” to be made a CBE for parliamentary and public service, and said it was a “nice surprise”.

She added: “I just honestly felt quite humbled (when she found out).

“It’s just really nice to be recognised for the work that I’ve done.”