Latest NewsThursday October 15, 2020
UCLan Sports Arena - Statement from the Leagues Affected
In response to the announcement from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) dated the 12th October 2020.
We are devastated to find that a decision by UCLan has been made to withdraw the use of grass pitch facilities for clubs in the community at the Sports Arena with immediate effect.
Following a sudden change of strategy, local clubs have now been forced to try find alternative facilities. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the clubs using the facilities were not given the courtesy of reasonable notice and as such have not been able to make appropriate arrangements for the coming season.
The City of Preston and its sporting community who have supported the expansion of the university and its associated facilities for more than 20-years have now been cast aside. Despite previous funding from the National Lottery and Sport England for community use, the University has decided this is no longer a viable option.
At a time when grassroots football and its volunteers are under immense pressure due to the current Covid-19 situation, any further setbacks such as this, will have a detrimental effect on the mental health and well-being of these hard-working individuals.The announcement has the potential to damage the grassroots game and alter the face of junior, youth, girl’s, and open age football across the city for years to come. In total there are over 25 clubs and more than 1000 participants that the new strategy will impact. The teams concerned have made financial commitments to their sponsors and players for the forthcoming season. Losing their pitches would leave them with nowhere to play, sponsors demanding refunds and long-established clubs having to fold.
We are aware a number of clubs have already paid for the hire of the pitches for this season but there was no consideration in terms of informing the clubs prior to accepting payment for the hire. This approach meant that the clubs were completely misled by the university into believing that they could play their matches at the Sports Arena as they have done for the last 20 years, the university knew full well that this was not the case.
The way this has been handled by the Vice Chancellors Group has been nothing short of appalling. They have given no consideration whatsoever as to the affect this will have on the wider Preston community. The detrimental impact within the local footballing community is immeasurable. The affected clubs were invited into the facility to provide an income but their loyalty over this time has been completely disregarded.Having considered our position, we are calling on UCLan to reverse their decision and to allow the clubs to continue to utilise the facilities.
The above statement is issued on behalf of the following:Central Lancs Junior Football League
Lancashire Sunday Football League
Mid Lancs Colts Junior Football League
Mid Lancashire Football League
Preston North End Women FC
West Lancashire Football League
Monday August 31, 2020
Let’s applaud our NHS on Sunday
After a difficult six months our season will officially start this Sunday.
The League Management Committee invites all member clubs, players and match officials to participate in a one minute applause prior to kick off on Sunday 6th September to acknowledge the incredible work of our NHS and all key workers as well as remembering the 44,000 lives lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saturday August 15, 2020
Michael Salisbury heads for the Championship
Preston referee Michael Salisbury is celebrating his promotion to SG2 and he will referee in the Championship next season. The highlight of his season as a Football League referee was to be appointed to referee the League 2 Play-off Final …. Exeter City v Northampton Town at Wembley Stadium on Monday 29 June.
Michael is joined on the Championship list of referees by Fylde official Leigh Doughty who has had a meteoric rise with four major promotions in the last four seasons.
Two well known Lancashire Assistant Referees are also celebrating promotions. James Mainwaring has been promoted to SG1 and will officiate on the FA Premier League next season, whist Natalie Aspinall has been rewarded for some excellent performances by being promoted to Championship Assistant Referee.
Monday August 10, 2020
Frank Thompson RIP
This League was saddened to learn of the death of Frank Thompson on Sunday 08 August 2020.
Frank Thompson was one of the founders Gregson Lane JFC in 1974 and the club now boasts no less than 16 teams ranging from U6 Development to Open Age and they have teams in all four of the local football leagues. Frank was always passionate about improving football facilities for local children. He was the Secretary of Gregson Lane Juniors from 1987 until ill health forced him to stand down.
He was the proud recipient of the Lancashire Football Association Long Service Award in 2016, which recognised his outstanding service to local football over a 40 year period. He was also invited to attend a Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Although retired, Frank was previously employed as a mechanical services engineer involving central heating, plumbing, air conditioning and associated services.
He will be fondly remembered as a loyal, kind and dedicated football official, he was always polite and courteous, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife Pauline and to his extended family of Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Frank, you did your bit for local football and you will be sadly missed.
Monday July 27, 2020
Cadley FC U18s Team looking for Players
Carl Busby has taken over as manager Cadley U18s in the last few days and he is looking for several new players who are eligible to play within the youth division in the 2020-21 season. Interested players should contact Carl on 07505 012014.
Sunday July 19, 2020
FA Guidance for a return to Grassroots Football
The Lancashire Sunday Football League welcomes the news that The FA's plan for a return to grassroots football has been approved by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.
Please take a close look FA Covid-19 Guidance Details at the guidance for outdoors grassroots football activity, including steps you must take before and after you train or play:
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