John Mead

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  1. Minimum length for Step 7 used to be 110 yards but was changed a few seasons ago to FA minimum of 100 yards. There are moves being made to reverse that change because it prevents onward progress to Step 6.
  2. As long as the pitch complies with "minimum FA standards" (100 x 50 yards) it would be OK under current League Rules. Leagues do now have the choice to stipulate their own minimum sizes rather than accept minimum FA sizes but would need to incorporate any change into League Rules.
  3. Plenty of help and advice available from the League if requested. Clubs should also achieve Charter Standard status within 12 months of joining the League and there's plenty of information on club committee structures, Officers roles etc available from the FA via their website. I don't think you can expect the League to run the Clubs as well!
  4. No surprises Dave, Ludgvan and Newquay depart in different directions, with Pendeen and West Cornwall replacing them. Members did give their consent for the Management Committee to have initial discussions with the Trelawney League to look at the pros & cons of a possible amalgamation.
  5. There are strict FA regulations covering the use of terms such as "Acadamy" and "EPPP" and I have doubts they would be applicable or permissable at Step 7 of the NLS. However, getting a good coaching set-up, growing a youth structure and attracting major sponsors is a great way forward for any Club!
  6. Developing and using local players is the only guaranteed formula for ecconomic sustainability at this level of football. Retaining the youngsters as they develop can be a problem but good luck to Mousehole: it looks like a well-thoughtout plan.
  7. There is an FA Debt Recovery system to enable Clubs to get back money due for on-the-field offences - but there is a procedure and time-scale which must be followed. I'm sure Club Secretaries are aware of this.
  8. And why on earth would you consider that my post was sarcastic or directed towards you? What grounds could I possibly have for being antagonistic in my responses to your comments?
  9. The FA, both locally and nationally, are fully aware of the problems faced by clubs and are "open" to change. Over the coming years, I'm sure there will be significant improvements to both the structure and available help to football in the lower echelons of the game. As with everything, changes take time to formulate and impliment ....not aided by some people who have entrenched views on the game which they are never willing to deviate from!
  10. If Clubs wish to be part of the NLS they have to accept the conditions of being part of it. Each upward Step requires extra facility developments so that Clubs can gradually improve as they progress. I do think they should consider adopting a points system for each requirement, with say 75% compliance as a pass - rather than the current 100% or fail.
  11. Wrong again Al - no cost to the clubs!
  12. CCFA do not have the resourses to award grants to clubs but do have a dedicated Development Manager to give advice advice and help clubs through the process of grant applications to the Football Foundation and the Stadium Improvemt Fund.
  13. I think all clubs know where to find the information about available grants: however, clubs still need to find a percentage of the costs themselves - at least 30-40%. The difficulty is "saving" their share of the money from within their already tight budgets!
  14. The FA have inflexible criteria for each Step of the National League system. The Clubs which are currently non-compliant are fully aware of what needs to be done - and by when - to avoid the threat of relagation. I anticipate most of them will get there.
  15. I believe Newquay and Saltash will be taken off the non-compliant list in the coming months; both will be re-assessed early next season. Remaining clubs, including one not listed above, still have some work to do to "cross the line".