Why Are Footballers Highly Paid?

(Includes Bank of England report)

The demand for talented football players is high as they increase the team’s chances of winning titles. Successful teams make more money from broadcasting rights, merchandise and ticket sales. Clubs have to compete for the best players by offering the highest wages. If a particular club was to offer lower wages, other clubs would simply outbid them. Football is a globally popular sport, with millions of young hopefuls aiming to reach the top, but very few will be good enough to play in the best leagues and an even tinier percentage will be considered among the world’s best, able to command the biggest wages.

In addition, football is not run on the same basis as US sport. There is no salary cap and no draft system, so there is little to stop the teams with the biggest resources simply outbidding smaller teams to secure the best talent around. An example of the competitive nature of football can be found in England, where it is estimated that of the 1.5 million young players taking part in organized youth football in any given year, only 180 will ultimately make it to the Premier League as professionals. The pool of potential superstars is therefore small, yet the demand for the kind of football talent that can help a team to win trophies is insatiable. Good players not only increase a club’s chances of winning, but they can also boost the club’s profile, which in turn means that the club will be able to attract more fans and more sponsors.

Players are being paid increasingly high wages because the clubs are making more money than ever. As a result of globalisation and technological advances such as the pay TV market, football has become more popular and so more profitable. If people lost interest in football, clubs would not be able to make such high profits and the demand for players would drop and so would their wages.

Press release -Tackling The Issue of Knife Crime Through the Community

For Immediate Release

June 2019


The inaugural Serious About Youth! (S.A.Y!) Conference will be taking place at City Gates Conference Centre, London.

It will bring together over 600 young people, community leaders, policy makers, MPs, teachers, parents, youth workers and knife crime organisations to discuss the national youth violence crisis, share best practice and discuss how we work together to find innovative, ongoing solutions to deal with the issues our communities face.

The aim of the conference is to collaborate with individuals and organisations to establish a comprehensive directory of contacts, programmes and resources that will enable communities to quickly identify and access support when needed. The resource will be distributed to schools and community spaces and it will be accessible online.

An exciting and innovative Youth Career and Advice Summit will also take place during the day. Young people will have the opportunity to meet potential employers and the summit will include insightful workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring programmes and a careers fair involving leading blue chip organisations.

Knife crime is at a critical level, particularly in the capital, and S.A.Y! recognises the fantastic work already taking place in this area up and down the country. We want to galvanise into action our young people, communities, decision makers, employers and all those affected by this widespread epidemic and ask them to join us in July to contribute to this pioneering work.

The S.A.Y! Conference will take place on Saturday 6th July 2019 from 8:30am-5:00pm at the City Gates Conference Centre in Ilford. The conference will see a number of leading speakers take to the stage including Rob Harris from Life Linxs, Richard Akerele from East London Connect, Sheldon Thomas from Gangsline, and Gavin McKenna from Reach Every Generation, with many more still to be announced.

Conference organisers Rob Harris and Gavin McKenna, said: “2019 has seen a large rise in youth violence across the country, particularly in London where knife crime has continued to rise with over 20 fatalities in the year to April. Our goal is simple. This is a national call to action to our communities, key decision makers and anyone directly affected by this violence to collaborate and work with us to come up with impactful strategies and solutions to this problem. This is an important space where we can come together to effect positive change.”

For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Tel: 020 3633 6682 | Email: grounded@citygates.london

Background on organisers:
Rob Harris:
Having worked with young people and their families for over 17 years, Rob came to a point in his career where he desired the freedom to have more of an impact in changing and influencing the lives of the people he was encountering daily.
This led him to start LifeLinxs Ltd. Rob is now directing his company in ways that will have a long-term impact for these same families, without the challenge of having to follow a prescribed process of local authority limitations. His vision is to change lives, one young person at a time and, in turn, see them doing the same for others.

Gavin McKenna:
Gavin McKenna, the pioneer behind Reach Every Generation. Gavin has journeyed from gang membership in London to born again Christian, using his past life experiences to set about influencing societal change. The truth of his life, combined with his development professionally, are what make Gavin a valuable asset to your organisation for educational training on gangs.
Armed with first-hand experience of gang culture, Gavin led an outreach team for a gang initiative in London, led by Sheldon Thomas, which took to the streets to engage with local gang members.

Understanding London’s knife crime epidemic

There are currently reduced priced tickets @ £5
Healing Relations PR & City Gates Conference Centre

(Press Release) “Tackling The Issue of Knife Crime Through the Community”


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Knife thugs stab different body parts for points Tally Up challenge

Police arrest 586 people in County lines crackdown

519 vulnerable adults and 364 children in need of support were helped 500 men and 86 women were arrested in raids in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cheshire, Bedfordshire and other areas.

County line drugs gangs – is linked by a network of mobile phone lines and often coercing children and vulnerable adults – travel out of their usual urban territory and into rural areas to sell drugs. Most come out of London, Birmingham and Merseyside, said NCA County Lines lead Nikki Holland. Tackling the gangs is a “national law enforcement priority”. Children as young as 12 are being put in danger by criminals who are taking advantage of how vulnerable these young people are.

Exclusive: Tackling knife crime with the Met Police https://news.sky.com/video/exclusive-tackling-knife-crime-with-the-met-police-10884781

HRH Prince Harry backs Youth Zones to tackle knife crime crisis:

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Teenagers accounted for more than 1,000 admissions to hospital as a result of assaults with a knife or sharp object last year 2018, NHS figures show. Admissions for all injuries caused by an assault with knife or other sharp objects have gone up by almost a third since 2012-13, from 3,849 to 4,986 last year.

Doctors warned that high street sales of knives is helping to fuel the rise in stabbings, and called on retailers to do more to stem the tide of available weapons. Admissions involving youngsters aged between 10 and 19 increased nearly twice as fast, with 656 hospital admissions in 2012-13 up to 1,012 last year – a rise of around 55%. (England.nhs.uk 2019)


**The presentation below contains strong and explicit language**

INTERVIEW:David Lammy MP “Kids are getting killed where is the Prime Minister and where is the London Mayor Sadiq Khan?”

BoxUpCrime | Help Stop Knife Crime and Rebuild Misguided Dreams! (Stephen Addison)

Public Relations (non-for-profit)

“Public Relations is about reputation – the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you.”



Welcome to my media and Public Relations initiative, which was birthed as Healing Relations TV in 2007 focusing on generating advertisements, Church awareness, and customer care.

I write and produce blogs so that people working in the field of media and members of the press – are able to track useful information that relates to current news items.  I hope that these papers are fulfilling & relevant within the boundaries of truth. I believe it is good for us all to understand how “real people” live.

The media and press are busy people who will naturally gravitate towards websites that make it easy for them to get the information they need. My intentions as Public Relations, is to focus on church awareness, social issues, leisure activities & advertisements. I enjoy relating to current affairs, relaxing,  and reflecting on the past. I  achieved my Journalist status with training and guidance from Planet Ivy Media and my presentation skills boost my position as Social Media manager.

Jennifer Valentine-Miller
Director & owner of Healing Relations PR & Healing Relations TV 
 (BA Hons Leadership & Management, ACIPR)

Reinventing Healthcare: Overview of recent changes to England’s NHS

One of the most contentious pieces of legislation by the Coalition Government has been around reforming the NHS. In spite of the unprecedented six month rest period; during the passage of the Bill the Health & Social Act 2012 is now in place and from 1 April 2013 the new organisations become fully operational. The Act brings in a new range of organisations with new powers and responsibilities, and, in many cases a real desire to do things differently and better.
For the past two decades the driving principle behind all NHS changes, and they tend to come every 5 years or so, has been the separation of commissioning (the people who buy healthcare on behalf of the public) from the people who provide healthcare. These reforms continue that journey and take some big steps to further creating a market in healthcare which is supposed to ensure that services are top quality for patients and best value for the taxpayer. At the heart of this reform was the placement of Primary Care Trusts with Clinical Commissioning Groups, made up of local GPs and other clinicians who are supposed to take commission decisions closer to the patient.
Commissioners – they decide what healthcare is needed in their areas and purchase this from providers. Under the old system there were 6-7 organisations commissioning healthcare in London, under the new system there are many more than 70. They fall under four main headings: Clinical Commissioning Groups – they commission around two thirds of all healthcare which includes services in hospitals, A&E, mental health, district nurses, podiatry etc. NHS England (primary care teams) they specialise in commissioning the services received from the GP. NHS England (specialist team) covers the areas of healthcare with low number of patients but high costs for special communities of patients such as for example prisoners. Local Authorities now receive funding to provide public health services in their area, including clinical services, such as sexual health.
Providers – In the short term the Act does not provide for immediate changes in the familiar pattern of healthcare changes in the familiar pattern of healthcare providers. However, it does introduce the concept if Any Qualified Provider which envisages an increasing range of services being put out to competitive tender with bidders from the NHS, private and third sectors having the opportunity to win these contracts to provide your healthcare.
Please note that eventually every NHS organisation is required to become a Foundation Trust (FT) within a set timetable, giving them semi-independent status within the NHS.
Patient & Public Engagement – The new system aims to provide more and better opportunities for the public to become involved in planning health care. Every local authority in London has established an independent Healthwatch service to support public involvement. They have also established Health & Wellbeing Boards which are responsible for producing Joint Strategic Needs Assessments – important documents that are supposed to inform commissioning decisions by CCGs, NHSE and local authorities own public health spending.

For the best overview of the financial challenges facing the NHS see “NHS and social care funding: the outlook to 2012/22”
Healthwatch England for further general information on getting involved: http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/
To view a longer presentation on the issues covered go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1qSpFGw2k

Woolwich attack and radical Islamism | Christian Concern

Fred Williams, Christian Concern’s Video Producer, has experienced the effects of radical Islamism first hand in northern Nigeria. Here, he offers some thoughts on the recent Woolwich (London) attack from his perspective:



I have watched and listened carefully to people in the UK respond to the brutal killing of a soldier by two suspected Islamists. Some of the comments I have found to be quite bewildering. Our Prime Minister said ‘’There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.”

People like me who have seen the violence first hand in Nigeria know that for certain such statements are simply untrue. Many say Islam is a religion of peace but I dare say radical Islam is definitely not. I agree that demonising Islam or Muslims won’t help but also denying the global threat of Islamic radicalization that is fast reinforcing itself within our society is a tactical error with grave consequences.

For many years in Nigeria, we refused to accept our people were being infected with dangerous ideologies of global terror and we misdiagnosed the issue as mere local politics and tribal sentiments, trying hard not to offend people until it was too late. It happened so many times that we got used to it.  While Islamists were attacking us in Plateau State in the central city of Jos, international media claimed Christian and Muslim gangs were fighting. The mosques around my area in a place called Bauchi Road were announcing Jihad instructions over loud speakers to spare women and children but that men and all unbelievers should be killed. Hundreds lost their lives. People were maimed and those that survived lost their properties and livelihood because they were burnt down.

I have lived among peace loving Muslims in Jos for over 20 years but when the attacks began, things changed. Islamic killings and beheadings are now very common in Nigeria. I know of many Christians who have been killed that way. We tried to get help from the government but they denied the fact that Islamic radicalization was taking place. I remember the President going on air claiming Nigerians love themselves too much to get involved in terrorism. He has been proven wrong as the country is on the verge of splitting because we refused to face up to the dangers of Radical Islam.

I cannot help but be amazed by the fact that this kind of response is what has led to the situation in Nigeria where militants take on the military and security agents in an all-out battle resulting in massive casualties in the citizenry. The killing of a British soldier in London in such a calculated way has set a dangerous precedent that will inspire other misguided home grown radical Islamists. We should never underestimate the collective resolve of a group of persons willing to die for what they believe. We are dealing with a corrosive but systematic and intelligent belief system that requires a robust confrontation from the grassroots. There is no doubt that we have a major challenge with our youth in the UK. My fear is that radical Islam is taking hold of young British folk and exploiting their frustrations by redirecting their passions under a cloak of religious indoctrination. Political pragmatism and correctness may score a goal with certain communities but only strengthens the resolve of orchestrating this process. We should stop using terms like ‘’Self-radicalisation’’ and start engaging the channels and communities in which these trends are secretly celebrated. I have been told on several occasions by wealthy and influential Muslims that what the radical Islamist will do to them will be worse than what they will do to others if they are not careful, so even Muslims themselves are victims of the radicalization process.

Fred runs a charity called LoveJos which promotes justice and peace in Jos, Nigeria, one of the areas worst affected by radical Islamism.


Tony Cummings interviews Calum MacDonald (The Band from Rockall)


Transcribed by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

Cross Rhythms is impacting youth and the wider community for good through FM radio, training, contemporary Christian music and a globally influential website. Tony Cummings is the music editor of the magazine Cross Rhythms  via Cross Rhythms Radio, Stoke (101.8 FM)

I:             Calum,  I am sure you have been asked this question  before. Why have an  iProject, why do it?

Calum:   “This is something we wanted to do for many years; to do a solo.  Because of our work and run rate we’ve never got the time to do it.  So we took two years off last year. This was an ideal time.  Everyone was doing projects and things they wanted to do.   This was a good diversion from the band and to recharge batteries, and to fulfil and ambition for us.”

I:            There were things that The Band From Rockall was doing that would have been completely different with Runrig.

Calum:   “It is completely different.  For us it was a case because we are songwriters.  We always wanted to do a solo which reflected songs from early contents.  We didn’t want the album to be polished or even over produced or to give a massive sound.  We wanted it to be just about the songs.  We recorded this album more or less in home studios.  This was done to give it that home demo feel to retain the heart of the song.”

I:             You say it took a long time to put together, was that through the song writing process?

Calum:   “No, not really it was because we had the time off from the band and we were doing other things.  But we just took our time to do it over that duration.  We didn’t rush it.  It was a real labour of love. We really enjoyed it.”

I:              Can you tell me one or two inspirations behind the songs?

Calum:    “Well, the inspiration for the whole album musically and a lot of the songs too was to go back to a time when the Rockall idea came in.  Rockall is a rock in the Atlantic half way between Scotland and America.  America and the Western Isles is where we grew up.  It became a symbolism for us because growing up in the late ’50s and ‘60s in the Western Isles was a fantastic place to be because musically we grew up with a strong Gaelic language.  Rock n Roll was coming through the on the radio and the pop revolution was static.  Growing up with those things was really exciting, pop and rock was something we never heard before. So we wanted to retain on our album something of that freshness we heard for the first time.”

I:             I  was talking to a musician from the band Iona, they are a British band.  They were hugely inspired by a visit to Iona.  Most of the members of the band are Christians.  When they visited the place it really fed on their spirituality.

Calum:   “I have never actually visited Iona, to my shame. But I have heard many people say that about it.  But I get that feeling from many Islands and places.”

I:             Theologians say that natural theology is when you get close to beautiful places it does inspire you spiritually.

Calum:   “Absolutely, there is a song from album When I Walk Among The Hills that it is indeed all about that.”

I:               You have had years and years of touring with Runrig and that has effectively taken you around the world, has it not?

Calum:    “Yes, in recent years we have tended to stay in Europe and the UK.”

I:               It seems to me that your natural feelings are a long way from staying in Holiday Inns and living a Rock-n-Roll lifestyle?

Calum:   “Believe me when I say there is not much of a Rock-n-Roll lifestyle, and is Holiday Inn, well, that is just a by product of a necessary evil. Touring can be tedious and boring and really you could do without it at this stage. But the important thing is when you arrive somewhere for at least two hours every night it really is worth it and that is a fresher thought than it has always been.  Holiday Inn is not the natural habitat.”

I:             A professional musician once told me that there are only a small percentage of all the hundreds of concerts that he genuinely said he enjoyed.  The difficulty is after a while it becomes a job.  Is that a feeling you have been able to always resist?

Calum:   “It is a feeling that I have always enjoyed.  I think that the fact is it is our job. We never had the mentality that you arrived in the rock music business thinking we were there for our two albums and 5 minutes of fame. This was something we wanted to do with our lives. You cast it and work at it and like any other worker you go through phases. We are very grateful it is our job and it is a wonderful way to spend your working life.”

I:               It is pretty impressive for the band to keep going as you have. Has the success and popularity of the band sustained you some difficult time?

Calum:    “Yes, absolutely. It has been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs.  There have been times when it has been more of a struggle and you have to see these things through. Last year has been fantastic.  We’re not with a record label or with agents, we can relax more.  We are very much our own bosses.”

I:               That’s how you first started.

Calum:   “Yes, until things got a bit bigger and there was the desire to step up a gear and to step in the music industry in a bigger sense. We did that and experienced that for better and for worse.  Now we are back to some aspects of decision making, I don’t think we’ll give that up now.”

I:              You are perceived, rightly or wrongly, here in England as being a mouth piece for Scottish Nationalism. Is that a fair observation?

Calum:   “No, it is not a fair observation. There was a political tag to the band.  Donny Munroe our singer left the band 15 years ago to stand as a Labour representative.  He stood for Election twice and was unsuccessful. Peter was a member of the SNP and still is an MP. So that is where our aspect of politics came but not from a Party Political sense.”

I:              Your music has always found resonance with Christians because a spirituality comes through in some of your songs.  Some of your band members are Christians.

Calum:   “Yeah, the common denominator is in our content it is a sense of a spiritual one, I would definitely endorse that.”

I:                Presumably you go to church, what kind of church do you go to?

Calum:   “I live in an old barn and the church is right beside me, I have no option but to attend.  I have never been one to bother about denomination so this is my local church in a tiny village on the Island.”

I:             Presumably because of the community you live in you have people who have done little or no travelling outside their immediate environment. How do you perceive being a one time Rock n Roll musician in their midst?

Calum:    “I do not perceive myself in that way.  You just do a job and that’s it.  Unfortunately the area in which God has led you down has hundreds of musicians with egos as big as houses.”

I:              I am sure you have met quite a few of them?”

Calum:   Yes, you see human nature in its worse excessive.

I:              Presumably it is our faith in the Lord which has curbed the tendency in us?

Calum:   Yes.  I think in life when you confront stuff like that you see the imperfections of what human nature is and I suppose it stems from your desire to seek spiritual answers and to see another way.

I:              Getting back to the Band of Rockall, you have got some interesting on the project.  Can you tell me a bit about those?

Calum:   “To be honest most of the music was done with Ronnie who did all the guitars and keyboards. I did the vocals and drums.  Backing vocals was Sheila Laurenson from Denmark we made minimal use of our guest session singer.  We used a couple of jazz brass players in a saxophonist and trumpet player. “

I:             One of the themes coming from the album is a deep perfection for family.  You haven’t told me yet about your family.

Calum:   “The most difficult thing about this project was finding songs.  We wanted to write new songs but we had decades of stuff sitting on the shelves, which was difficult to tie to a CD of 10 to 12 songs.  Certain songs had personal attachments and influences from the wider family as well.  Yes, a lot of the songs have a sense of family.”

I:               What does the immediate family think of the album?

Calum:   “Oh, they love it.  We have filmed the process and it will be shown on the BBC in November.  It will be called ‘The Band From Rockall’. The film allowed us to broaden the perspective.”

I:              There are also instrumentals on the project?

Calum:    “Yes, the opening track is mainly instrumental influenced by the elevators of the electric guitar, Hank Marvin and Duane Eddy. It most definitely has that flava to it.”

To Be or Not to be An Actor

To Be or Not to be An Actor

There is always a sense of anticipation and excitement when a friend says  “You will soon see me appearing on television.”  As what?  I hasten to ask.  Reality television appears to be the craze at the moment – we see television viewing fully occupied with a lot of people who just want to be famous for being their self.

I believe there is a skill and art to entertainment.  For example, I don’t like horror but I do like special effects. I love romantic films though I do exclaim that sex can steal the scene.  Having said this can I rewind back and say that acting is an art and not witchcraft.  So many Christians believe that if there is no “message” behind a script then we should not relate to it (and I do agree up to a point).  Upon reflection I remember having a spring in my step when approaching a burning cross as Joan of Arc. I was also on a complete non-drug induced high whilst appearing as the maid (Mary) in an adaptation of The Crucible. And, oh dear! I did stand tall when firing arrows as the Greek mythology character Medusa. All of this and many more wasn’t me escaping reality but it was me being part of a team and playing my part as an actress.

My junctures in acting has generated many a “thank you” and “bravos” for bringing forth a certain real life scenario to light.  My only caution is to “let go”, especially of the character being personified.  Budding actors should not assume that they can walk into acting   later in life and believe that that they can bring to the stage all of their life experience. Get involved from an early age, therefore the desire to “act and perform” will never leave you. Also be prepared to be noticed when you least expect it (for that is what one works towards) and also it is not about about seeking the attention most people crave for. To reiterate what I said earlier don’t take it for granted that an older character will be casted to an older person; it was reported recently that the script for the new “Miss Marple” series was handed to a 30 year old actress!

Acting is not just make-up, camera, lights, and action. It is on most occasions about …“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”.

Copyright © Jennifer Valentine 2012

Reference: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” Julius Caesar,  Act III, scene II (William Shakespeare)