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Three community groups from Lincoln have secured £500 each in funding for improving their activities from Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving.
In order to receive funding from Skipton, community groups had to win over the public in order to vote for them, with the top 161 getting the funding.
Birchwood Colts JFC, Willow Farm Pony Club and WIN Squash and Racketball Coaching all manage to get enough votes for funding.
The funding was being awarded to
Will the FA Commission’s 3G revolution work?
FA Commission report outlines plans for huge 3G expansion to improve grassroots football facilities
Grassroots football in England received a shot in the arm this month when the FA launched plans for a revolution in grassroots facilities and coaching, including the creation of hundreds of new 3G pitches and 150 new football ‘hubs’ in 30 cities by 2020.
As his England Commission published its second report, FA Chairman Greg Dyke spoke of a “radical new approach” that will see a 50 percent increase in 3G pitches nationwide and a 130 percent increase in urban areas at a cost of £230m over the next six years.
The news will be seen as long overdue for many in the grassroots game, who for years have struggled with poorly maintained and under-funded public facilities (83 percent of all grass pitches in England are publicly-owned). Club Website reported on the parlous state of grassroots facilities back in 2010 and cuts to local authority funding as a result of government austerity measures since then have made the situation even worse.
As costs continue to rise, the standard of facilities has got worse and when the usual British winter weather arrives many pitches become unplayable. A 2013 FA survey revealed that 49 percent of players had more than five games cancelled per season, predominantly due to unplayable pitches.
“We have a big problem in grassroots football because of facilities,” said Dyke. “I wouldn’t say it’s at crisis point but we have to do something about it.
“We all know that the maintenance of facilities, particularly the local authority ones, has declined over the years. We’ve had two terrible winters. The advantage of the artificial pitches is that you can play on it 60 to 80 hours a week whereas the average grass pitch is four to five.”
The FA admits that grassroots football is over-reliant on publicly-owned facilities and so it has set out to its stall to reverse the trend and get football back in control of its own destiny with lots of first class artificial pitches used year-round and managed through a sustainable business model.
But what exactly will this involve? Here are the FA Commission’s key proposals for revolutionising our approach to grassroots football in England:
The Leagues Policy on rearranging games within 14 days
If you have attempted to rearrange a postponed game(both teams) and find yourself in a position that neither team can come to an agreement.
(1) Immediately contact the League either by email or by post informing them of the problem you have within the 14 days of the game. (If you don't you will be fined as per league rules)
(2) Should the League be involved you should be in a position to accept a date set by the League in which the fixture WILL be played.
The reason behind the rule 10 C
The League Rule say
TRANSFER FROM 1ST NOVEMBER - (I) Subject to The Football Association Rules dealing with players without a written contract when a player desires a transfer, the Secretary of the club the player wishes to transfer to shall DOWNLOAD the Transfer Pack available from midlincs.com Downloads Page and then submit the fully completed transfer request forms to the Registrar with the £20 transfer Fee along with 2 current passport photographs of the player and 2 fully completed Identity Cards.
Should the club holding the players registration object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the registrar and to the player concerned within 7 days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the clubs consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 7 days, the Registrar
Would All Clubs pay attention to the 8 League Game Rule. All Teams MUST have played at least 8 games before 1st January. Any teams who have not will be fined for failing to deal with League business as per League Rules.
With there being 17 Sundays + Mid Week games available prior to Jan 1st, there is no excuse for any team not to get in 8 games. It doesn't matter if there are just 8 or 9 teams in your League the Rule is there for all teams not just your team or League. Before the Fixture meeting every team new that this rule was mandatory. If a team. postpones a game, bring another game forward.
No Transfers before 1st November and After 1st February in the playing season.
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