self-published by Michael Morgan
Grassroots is an exploration of amateur football in the UK. In recent years, a national funding crisis has seen community football struggle with funding to keep their teams together and to access the most basic resources.
As a result, opportunities for boys and girls to play football in their community are severely diminished. In Britain, amateur football has always been a place where you feel you can belong; a togetherness no matter what your background, religion, creed or sexuality.
This series of photographs depicts the struggles and the life of amateur football, and what it means to those involved who simply show up week in and week out for the love of the game.
- Michael Morgan Documenta el fútbol amateur de uk con ‘Grassroots’ — Lenders Magazine
- Book Club #54: Grassroots by Michael Morgan — KALTBLUT Magazine
- "Grassrots" — TRIP Mag
Michael about the story behind:
"As a young boy, I always played the sport at the amateur level so I suppose this journey and connection between the two was always going to happen eventually. It wasn't one that I intended to build upon, it was an area where I felt safe and comfortable working with the medium format, to begin with, and experiment with sharing the same passion football with those that play the game at the amateur level to break the ice and create a mutual communication and understanding.
As the years went on I began to explore and see football in a way that I had never done before, looking at it in a new perspective with the use of photography. Exploring every aspect it became clear to me that despite football being one of the, if not most watched and played sport around the world there was a huge problem in terms of funding which stemmed from the FA governing body.
This project is continuously a work in progress and one that will develop and grow as I pursue to depict the sport that consumes so many people's lives for so many different reasons. In amongst this book are hidden themes that will be depicted within the future books and conversations."