The SCSL wish to thank all our Clubs, match officials and spectators for making possible a return to playing football during September. All of our clubs have successfully started their season, which is some achievement given the issues we have faced.
But we still face major challenges and following a review of the games played in September, taking on board feedback from clubs and match officials, the SCSL instructs all our clubs to ensure the following with immediate effect;
Where changing rooms are made available then they MUST be used in accordance with the Risk Assessment of the home club and MUST ensure the following;
– that available changing facilities are shared equally between the home and away teams. For example, it is neither fair or reasonable for changing facilities to be made available for the home team only.
– that social distancing guideline within changing rooms are followed at all times
– that changing rooms are not to be used for pre-match, half-time or post-match team meetings/briefings. These must take place on the pitch or other outdoor setting.
Dug Outs and Technical Areas
Dugouts are not to be used and should be taped off. The team manager and physio only should occupy the technical area. Substitutes are to stand behind the barrier (or use seats if provided), ensuring that they maintain social distancing.
As part of their Risk Assessment, some clubs have further restrictions in place for technical areas. These must be adhered too.
Spectators are allowed at SCSL matches and their support is welcome. However, to ensure the safety of participants and spectators, guidelines regarding social distancing must be followed at all times, which includes discreet groups of no more than six people situated around the pitch. Spectators must not be allowed to congregate around changing rooms or technical areas.
We must not allow all the hard work we have done in getting us this far to be undone. Local Authorities are quite rightly monitoring the situation and clubs could be visited their officers at any time. In addition, the SCSL will not hesitate to suspend fixtures of any clubs which do not adhere to their own Risk Assessments or the additional instructions above.
The SCSL are delighted to confirm that the 2020/21 season will start as follows
Men Unite Premier Division – Saturday 12 September
Men Unite Division 1 – Saturday 19 September
Men Unite Division 2 – Saturday 19 September
This is subject all member Clubs ensuring the following
- That a Covid Risk Assessment has been completed
- That a COVID Officer has been appointed in line with the guidance
- The affiliation process to the relevant County FA has been completed
12 new applications endorsed for Season 20/21
A fantastic 14 applications from new teams were all accepted by member Clubs. A warm welcome is extended to the following new teams;
AFC Alsager Development
Abbey Hulton United Development
Buxton FC Reserves
City of Stoke Reserves
Milton United Development
Sikh Hunters Development
Stone Old Alleynians Reserves
With Hilton Harriers & Cannock United deciding to leave with our best wishes, it will mean that 48 teams will compete in the League next season. The Divisional Structure for the new season will be confirmed very soon
Tony Harrison opts for semi retirement
After originally giving notice that he was retiring from the League after 34 years outstanding service, we are delighted to announce that Tony Harrison has opted to extend his career has become a Vice President. Tony is highly respected and without doubt one of the most efficient Registration Secretary’s in grassroots football. His decision to stay on is great news and his experience will be put to good use as the League moves into a new era.
Change at Market Drayton Tigers
Market Drayton Tigers have made the decision to join forces with Wolstanton United of the Premier Division from next season. Wolstanton United Reserves, as they will be known, will continue in Division 1 and play at the same venue at Bradwell Community Centre.
League Fee’s Reduced to NIL for Next Season
In line with its commitment to support member clubs with the implications of the current Covid-19 Pandemic the SCSL Management Committee has confirmed that the Annual League Fee’s for next season will be waived for all current member clubs. This amounts to a financial commitment in excess of £7,000 to be shared amongst our 37 teams and we hope that this provides some relief with the inevitable pressures clubs are facing at this difficult time