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Premier League success being felt across the UK

19 Jan 2022
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The latest EY Report highlights how the Premier League contributes to the UK economy

The benefits the Premier League delivers to the UK economy are broad in their geographical impact, according to the EY report that was released this week.

"The Premier League's significant contribution was felt across England, with all nine major regions represented by at least one Premier League club in 2019/20, and 72 per cent of the League's economic impact occurring outside of London," the report says.

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Some of that benefit across the country is through tourism.

"The location of Premier League clubs across the country results in a broad tourism footprint," the report says, adding that "Premier League football attracts more than half a million international visitors to the UK each year.

"Combined with over 651,000 domestic tourism trips [away fans travelling], this generates over £442million in expenditure in regions across the country."

Tourism outside of peak periods

Not only does the Premier League drive visits to a wider area of England, it also spreads the beneficial impact of tourism throughout the year, helping sustain local economies, says the report.

"With the majority of the football season taking place outside the peak tourism months in summer, this helps to provide a boost to the tourism industry at times when activity is lower."

Rise of 800 per cent

The £7.6billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) generated that the Premier League contributed to the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an increase by more than 800 per cent over the previous 21 years. Back in 1998/99 this figure was just £0.7bn.

"The income generated enables significant expenditure across supply chains, supports thousands of jobs, and creates sizeable tax revenues," says the report.

But the report points out that the benefits would have been larger in 2019/20 were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the suspension of the season and "brought significant implications for both the revenues and costs of the Premier League and its clubs". 

Overall, it is estimated that if the 2019/20 campaign had gone ahead as a typical season, the impacts would have been:
- £3.9bn in tax revenues (+£0.3bn)
- £8.7bn in GVA (+£1.1bn)
- 99,000 FTE jobs (+5,000)
- £6.1bn in revenue (+£1.0bn)

"In the absence of this disruption, the economic impact of the League would have been significantly higher," the report says.

Also in this series

Part 1: Download the EY Report (PDF; Size: 7.8MB)
Part 2: Economic benefits of Premier League confirmed by report
Part 3: 'League's role important at local and global levels'
Part 4: Sunak: League's contribution to economy is fantastic
Part 5: Investing in communities and the wider game
Part 6: League investment supporting football pyramid
Part 7: Providing a helping hand during the pandemic
Part 9: Burnham: League has massive benefits for North West
Part 10: How West Ham contribute to local economy
Part 11: 'Significant investment' boosting homegrown stars
Part 12: Producing the next generation of coaching talent
Part 13: League's global support boosting UK appeal
Part 14: Egypt symbolises growth of Premier League

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