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League Statement Regarding Fixtures
This is an open letter to a small number of teams/individuals within the Norfolk Women’s and Girls Football League, following the release of the fixtures this week.
The NWGFL committee were left feeling dismayed and disillusioned following comments from certain quarters on social media. The committee have given up large portions of their summer to ensure the entire league setup is geared up for the new season; by way of creating fixtures, hosting meetings to discuss rule changes and a variety of other tasks that needed completing.
Not least of all contending with an ever-changing landscape; teams dropping out, teams wanting to enter after the constitution has been agreed or others wanting to move divisions. Rather than refusing these requests, the league committee do their very best to accommodate requests and try to fulfil our main objective – to nurture and grow the girl’s and women’s game in Norfolk.
Sometimes though, we have to say no. Either the request simply will not be feasible, or it’s too close to the start of the season and further amendments will delay the season even more.
On this occasion, the three Ladies 11’s divisions were reduced to 8 teams in a division due to late dropouts. Whilst not perfect, the decision was made within the committee to leave it as three divisions for a number of reasons:
- There are the Women’s Cup, League Cup and Plate competitions to add in
- Unfavourable winter weather nearly always results in several postponements every season, often making it incredibly difficult for the season to finish on time due to a fixture backlog.
- The last two seasons have been curtailed due to the ongoing pandemic, and there is no guarantee that this season will start and finish unaffected by COVID. Games may be postponed due to positive cases or isolation reasons.
By having some free weeks towards the end of the season, this gives flexibility should either of the bottom two scenarios become an issue.
The personal attacks on the character and integrity of the league and its committee members has left us saddened and angry, and furthermore were completely unnecessary. We recognise that not every decision we make will please everyone all the time, but there is absolutely no need for some of the comments that have surfaced over the last few days.
Not long ago the footballing community came together for a social media blackout to highlight the serious issue of online social media abuse. The very same teams and individuals that more than likely honoured that blackout were clearly happy to dish out abuse of their own when it suited them, with no regard to their intended targets.
Like any organisation or individual, we welcome constructive feedback. Together, we can continue to improve and grow the NWGFL into something we are all proud of.
Norfolk FA will be running a girl’s football inclusive festival on Saturday 25th September. If you have a daughter aged 5-11 years who would like to attend, please complete the booking form below.
The festival is designed specifically to be inclusive and to encourage girls with a disability to begin, or further develop, their love for football.
If you would like to discuss the festival in more detail before booking on, please get in contact with Rachel.Cossey@NorfolkFA.com.
The festival will be held in the afternoon at the FDC, Bowthorpe.
To book a place please click the below link and compete the expressions of interest form
NWGFL 2021/2022 AGM will be held online on Tuesday 29th June 2021 commencing at 7pm. It is compulsory for every club entering into the 2021/2022 season to attend the AGM.
All relevant AGM documentation will be circulated two weeks prior to the AGM.
Following the NWGFL committee meeting last night, and the recent FA announcement, NWGFL committee voted fully to respect the wishes of our club members and go with the majority vote from the recent end of 2020/2021 season survey.
In both Adult and Youth football the majority vote was for the season to be null and void, ending with a Champions League/Europa League tournament.
Details of the proposed tournament, have been sent to every club member, as a guide and is based on all teams entering. NWGFL will be looking to commence this on the weekend of the 17th / 18th April 2021, as long as government guidelines allow. Adult clubs that are playing in the County Cup that weekend will commence the following weekend.
To enable the tournament to progress please email your Divisional Secretary details as below, with your club name and which division you play in, and if you wish to enter the tournament, we will need confirmation by the end of the 23rd March 2021, so within the next 7 days, before the draws are made and the fixtures are set.
U9, U10, U11 – Divisional Secretary – Louise Riseborough – firstname.lastname@example.org U12 – Divisional Secretary – Julie Hutchin – email@example.com U13 – Divisional A Secretary – Julie Hutchin – firstname.lastname@example.org U13 – Divisional B Secretary – Kayleigh Ellwood – kayleighNWGFL@gmail.com U14 – Divisional A Secretary – Steve Ryan – steveNWGFL@gmail.com U14 – Divisional B Secretary – Alison Moore – email@example.com U15 – Divisional Secretary – Alison Moore – firstname.lastname@example.org U16 – Divisional Secretary – Louise Riseborough – email@example.com Ladies 7 – Divisional Secretary – Caroline Aldous – firstname.lastname@example.org Ladies 11 Division One Secretary – Netti Champion – email@example.com Ladies 11 Division Two Secretary – Caroline Aldous – firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions please contact your Divisional Secretary.
We are delighted to announce 4sports as our Official Teamwear and Trophies Partner! NWGFL member clubs can enjoy 30% off trophies and engraving, as well as access to Norfolk’s widest range of teamwear choice.
Jack Cockaday, 4sports Group: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Norfolk’s only Women’s and Girls Football League, they offer a fantastic route into football for all and we can’t wait to help support them in pushing the women’s and girls game”
4sports Website: https://www.4sportsgroup.com/
Following a FA/League meeting last night, and our committee meeting on Tuesday we just wanted to give you all an update on where NWGFL currently stands.
The general consensus from the majority of the leagues is at present to hold on making any major decisions around the 2020/2021 season, if only for a few weeks to see what happens, we do not want to make decisions now that potentially could change in the future. There are options available in relation to reducing the number of games etc, but this will all depend on when it is deemed safe to return to football for all.
As a league we have had some fantastic ideas from our club members, and have been working hard as a committee on pulling a plan together to ensure if we are able to, we do not end the season on a low. We appreciate the impact on our players not being able to carry on playing the game they love at the moment, and if this continues to the point where it will be impossible to finish the season as too many games, we have in place plans for an alternative Champions/Europa League Style Tournament, that will see all our club members enjoying the last few weeks of the season, if they of course want to and if government rules allow this. We will keep you updated over the next few weeks, what is important is all involved with football remain well and safe, so please all look after yourselves and look after each other.
Firstly we would like to start this post, thanking all our club members and volunteers who are front line workers, having to work solidly through these very testing and stressful times.
Following our meeting tonight, and with both Norfolk and Suffolk now in tier 4 we feel for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision to suspend all fixtures from immediate effect, this will be reviewed again on the 18th January 2021 at our next committee meeting.
Unlike adult football where both games and training has been suspended by the government. Youth at present, are still able to train, whilst following COVID guidelines, but please be mindful there is no cross county mixing, so players from Norfolk are not permitted to travel to Suffolk to train, and vice versa.
This decision has not come easily, we appreciate there are a lot of young people who are struggling at present, we are hoping with the schools starting later in January and the commencement of the vaccines, football will be able to commence again in the not so distant future.
In relation to the games, we will be postponing all cup games, and looking to play these at the end of the season, if the weeks permit. We will also look at the divisions that initially were down to play each other three times, reducing these to playing each other twice, to ensure where possible we can conclude the season.
Most importantly please keep safe, keep supporting each other, and let’s pull together to ensure all our players, supporters, volunteers and club members have all our ongoing support during these difficult times.
Wishing you all a safe 2021.
#NorfolkFootbal – Norfolk FA Update
What football can take place in Tier 4?The latest Government and FA Guidance is as follows:
i. Open age (adult) teams are NOT permitted to play or train under any circumstances
ii. U18’s teams are currently permitted to train and play in matches. However, this must be done in strict compliance with the guidelines at all times. Any reported breaches of the guidance are likely to result in action being taken against the offending club(s)
iii. No Norfolk team (adult or youth) is permitted to travel to another area to train / play football. So for example an U14’s team from Norfolk cannot play an U14’s team from Suffolk
iv. Similarly no players are permitted to travel to another area to play for a team. So for example a player based in Cambridgeshire cannot travel to Norfolk to play for a Norfolk side and vice versa
What’s the latest with regards to League matches?
Each league are currently reviewing the guidance that they have and how best to proceed for their competition and they will be contacting their member Clubs in due course. The only exception to this is the Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League who have already decided that they will not be having any football in their competition at the present time and have notified their Clubs regarding this.
What about County Cup matches?
There are a number of County Cup competitions that are scheduled to take place in January. It has today been decided that:
All County Cup matches scheduled for Sunday 10th January will be postponed and rescheduled for a date in the future that is still to be confirmed. For the avoidance of doubt, this applies to the following competitions: Under 12’s Cup
Stuart Dracup Cup
John Savage Cup
Norfolk Veterans Cup
A decision will be made week commencing 4th January on the remaining County Cup competitions due to be played in January and Clubs will be notified in due course
As I am sure you can appreciate the situation is currently very fluid and changeable and as such we will continue to follow the government and FA guidance and communicate with you as and when anything changes.
Please also be reminded that we have had brought to our attention a potential scam email that seems to have been sent to a number of Norfolk clubs. Please be careful when responding to any emails and if in doubt, please do not take any action and feel free to forward the email on to us.
With the current lack of games due to COVID, Norfolk Women’s and Girls Football League are keen to hear from our clubs and players thoughts, ideas and feedback on what the league currently provide and what can be improved and offered in the 2021/2022 season and beyond.
With the growth in the younger age groups following the successful Wildcats programme, would you like to see the league expend their younger age divisions?
Do you have ideas on what we can improve on to make the experience of playing in NWGFL better?
After the year we have all had we feel more than ever the importance for both clubs and leagues to work together to bring the best football provision for our children, young people and adults in Norfolk,
Please can I ask for you to take 5 minutes of your time to complete the below short survey, to help us grow and improve your League to a provision for us all to be proud of,
Please share with your players and coaches, managers and volunteers,
NORFOLK FA STATEMENT: LOCKDOWN 2 AND THE IMPACT ON NORFOLK FOOTBALL
An update from Norfolk FA regarding the impact of Coronavirus on Norfolk Football.
The FA has this morning announced that, subject to a vote in parliament tomorrow (Wednesday 4 November), all non-elite football will be suspended when the new lockdown restrictions come into effect (Thursday 5 November).
You can read the full statement from The FA, along with FAQs, here: https://www.norfolkfa.com/news/2020/nov/03/norfolk-fa-statement-non-elite-football-update
All NWGFL games that fall within these dates will be rearranged