The English Football League (EFL) has seen a spike in junior ticket sales over the last decade.

The EFL, which runs the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, said sales of junior season tickets have risen by 37 per cent in the past 10 years.

It added that one in five fans attending matches in the Football League are now aged under 16.

The EFL, according to the BBC, said the increase is due to clubs improving the matchday experience for families. Colchester has seen an 11 per cent rise in attendance this season despite having been relegated. The Essex club has introduced live music, concourse activities and an online matchday timetable for families.

Earlier this season it was revealed that the 72 EFL clubs have more than 500,000 season-ticket holders between them. A 26 per cent growth in the number of season-ticket holders over the past nine years means there are 502,826 this season. The figures are boosted, in part, by last season’s relegation of Newcastle, whose 37,000 regulars account for 11 per cent of Championship season-ticket sales and seven per cent of all EFL sales.