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Mullion's title but no promotion?


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From the grounds I've visited, I would have to say Vospers Oak Villa has to be the worst. A fair old walk from the changing rooms, no cover whatsoever and 'dug outs' in place but they are very shabby looking. Mullion do have an enclosed ground which is blessed with a small covered enclosure but evidently no sink in the away changing room or a private toilet for the referee.

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No hand wash basin in the away changing room? I've heard it all now. Clubs apply, then after the deadline they get sent a letter of all the requirements and date of inspection, which is about two weeks after you receive the letter. Two weeks to rectify anything. It's bloody grass roots football! If anything teams should be judged with common sense and given the debut season to rectify the problem or 6 months etc, if they haven't sorted out any issues then they could face a fine, this way the team is given time to rectify any problems but have to do it or face a fine. A club works it's fingers (or feet in football) to the bone to win a league or promotion but it's sorry, you don't have a sink, or your dugouts don't fit one extra sub. It is an absolute farce.

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However, a quick google search reveals step 6 FA regulations so although teams don't officially get the requirements until about two weeks before their inspection, they are available online.

http://www.thefa.com/Leagues/

NationalLeagueSystem/~/media/Files/PDF/Leagues/NLS/GradeGSep2010.ashx/GradeGSep2010.pdf

BUT

SWPL East & West are step 7. Why is the SWPL calling East and West step 6?

http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/pdf/leagues/ground%20grading/2012/step7-minimum-grading-requirements-june12.ashx?la=en

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However, a quick google search reveals step 6 FA regulations so although teams don't officially get the requirements until about two weeks before their inspection, they are available online.

http://www.thefa.com/Leagues/

NationalLeagueSystem/~/media/Files/PDF/Leagues/NLS/GradeGSep2010.ashx/GradeGSep2010.pdf

BUT

SWPL East & West are step 7. Why is the SWPL calling East and West step 6?

http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/pdf/leagues/ground%20grading/2012/step7-minimum-grading-requirements-june12.ashx?la=en

​The Premier Division is step 6, Division 1 East and West are step 7.

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What a joke, knowing the manager and background staff mullion have in place they'd of sorted this in no time and had it all ready for weeks before the season stars! Just another stupid rule by the fa stopping a talented team stepping up and competing at the level they are easily good enough to play in!! Absolute joke as they've had an incredible year

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Unfortunately Bash, we didn't get the chance to ask the players what they wanted to do, however, according to my vice captain, they all had a golf day on Saturday & they all said they wanted the challenge. ! My problem now is convincing them to stick together for another season, win the league again, get the work done & try again next year. Not going to be easy though. !!!

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Were Mullion aware of this ahead of time? Is this like the St Austell scenario? If Wendron finish second, they can take the step up.

​Wendron should be OK as they have previously been members of the SWPL unless the grading has been set higher since their departure.

 

Perhaps for future the SWPL could send out the ground grading criteria in good time to all feeder leagues who could remind any of their ambitious clubs of what is required.

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There's nothing to stop interested clubs  inviting the SWPL officials to make an unofficial visit. The league has done this before as early as in August. This way a club will gain a pretty good idea as to what has to be done in time for the official visit.

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When Wendron were successful in their application a lot of clubs did not have all the requirements in place but were given various timescales to get them in place depending on the amount and type of work that needed doing.

Unless that scenario has change surely if a club gives an undertaking that the works would be completed before the start of the next season then their application should still go ahead.

Unless the rules have changed and clubs have to fulfill the ground grading criterea before the ground grading visit - and as per Kevins comment - clubs would find that impossible to do during a playing season.

 

 

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Pz, Newquay, Helston, Falmouth all with no loo in refs room.  Even Truro In a much higher league had no toilet the last time I was there. Feel gutted for Kev and Mullion if that's what cost them.

How do they get away with it then? The process is completely atrocious, the SWPL ground grading team or the FA need to wake up. Give clubs time and incentive to progress and they will, but they need to remember that it takes time and funds. Shocking 

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Last season, Illogan got told what needed improving and had a time limit to get it done for the next season. 

 

I think this was a toilet in refs room .. A bell.. And a bit of rope from changing rooms to pitch. 

 

I dont one understand why mullion are not getting a time limit like that. 

 

Are wendron going to go for it now... 

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A shame for Mullion . agree surely the jobs that need doing could be done after the season ends .  with the builders that are involved at Mullion and sponsors would not take long to sort out . hand basin in changing rooms ? What next bidets .towel warmers .underfloor heating . ?  Its a joke clubs should be helped to get promotion not held back over trivial matters . .good luck to Mullion in the future  hope you can go up next season 

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Really feel for Kev, the players and all involved at Mullion, a team showing ambition to move up the ladder, only to be prevented by what seems an awful rule. How much longer is there going to be uncertainty about promotions and relegations. All that's needed is some common sense, it's not exactly months and months of work to get the little things done. Some of the places in the swpl west are horrendous! 

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