House of Commons Speaker John Bercow will be the keynote speaker at The Football League Trust Annual Conference hosted by the Grass Roots Football Show on Friday 25th May at NEC Birmingham. Speaker Bercow will be joined by representatives from all 72 Football League Trust community schemes.

MP for Buckingham, Speaker Bercow was elected to Chair the House of Commons in 2009. He has previously chaired a Government review of services for children with speech and language difficulties.

It is the third consecutive year that The Football League Trust have been involved with the Grass Roots Football Show, Europe's biggest grass root football event. As well as the Community conference on the Friday they will also hold their annual Every Player Counts awards ceremony on Sunday 27th, which were last year presented by World Cup winner Roger Hunt.

General Manager of The Football League Trust Mike Evans said: "It's a real honour for The Football League Trust to be welcoming Speaker Bercow to our Annual Conference at the Grass Roots Football Show.

"More so than ever it is vital that The Football League Trust engages with Parliamentarians, both those in Government and MPs who represent our 72 clubs at Westminster. I know all 72 Football League community projects will benefit from what the Speaker will have to say."

Speaker Bercow added: "The Football League Trust is an excellent organisation and the community projects of Football League clubs do some important work, making young people really feel a part of their local area

"A key part of my role is to develop the relationship between charities and Parliament. I look forward to speaking to the 72 Football League community projects and bringing some fresh ideas as to how they can engage with Parliament both in Westminster and in their individual areas."