Worcester City FC joined 22 other teams at the launch event for a new group calling for change in how the game is governed.

The founding members of Fair Game met at the new Plough Lane, home of AFC Wimbledon, for the official launch of their manifesto on Thursday September 9.

The group is supported by 30 experts and politicians from a range of backgrounds.

As part of Tracey Crouch’s football governance review, the government is developing policies on how to change the national game.

Fair Game’s aim is to help develop long-term, realistic, solutions that are needed.

Fair Game’s 32-page manifesto, Putting Pride Back In the Shirt: Fair Game’s Solution for the National Game, details solutions to various problems within football.

These issues include the owners and directors test, financial sustainability, protecting the heritage of clubs, a fairer distribution of TV revenues, opposing the European Super League, and tackling discrimination.

Luke Cox, director of Worcester City FC, said: “Without any hyperbole intended, joining Fair Game alongside these 22 like-minded football clubs is a fantastic opportunity for Worcester City to help shape the future of football throughout the pyramid.

“Fair Game’s proposals present a potential paradigm shift in repositioning football to be about stable and financially responsible football clubs that care about and listen to their supporters whilst contributing to the community. We need to ensure the heritage of all clubs is protected.

“With our fellow Fair Game clubs, experts and politicians, we have the opportunity to convince government on the solutions to the long-term ills of the game that will only cause more damage to our clubs and communities if left unchecked.”

Worcester News: City chairman Luke Cox (third from left) was in attendance at the launch eventCity chairman Luke Cox (third from left) was in attendance at the launch event

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, backs the call and delivered a talk over videolink at the event.

Prior to the launch he said: “Fair Game’s proposals are exactly what football needs. I’m only too aware of the dangers that exist. We've seen the collapse of Bury and the spectre of the ESL. Football is integral to our communities.

“The game needs a reboot. I back the need for an independent regulator, for an owners and directors test that is fit for purpose, and most importantly the protection of the heritage and traditions of our clubs.”

Niall Couper, the chief executive office of Fair Game, added: “We want a sport where every fan can put their shirt on in the morning proud in what it stands for, safe in the knowledge that the traditions and heritage of their club will always be there.”

Alongside Worcester and Wimbledon, other teams involved with Fair Game include Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Leyton Orient, Lincoln City, Luton Town, Newport County AFC and Tranmere Rovers.