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On 15/11/2022 at 14:21, Dave Deacon said:

Clubs in the Regional Feeder Leagues - Devon Lge, St Piran, Somerset, Dorset & Glocs etc - Can now apply for Promotion to Step 6 in the new Project South West re-structure

Detailed Guidance at: https://www.swpleague.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Step-6-Promotion-Criteria-2023-24-Season.pdf

Deadline is December 31st

Any club applying is absolutely mad, or very short sighted/minded. 

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1 minute ago, St Darren said:

There's a hardly a good track record for any sides to follow of clubs taking promotion. 

The clubs in the St Piran League should be community clubs and ensure that this current level of football is sustainable and continues for future generations. 

Significant grants available at Step 6 for any club with the infrastructure/manpower in place though - it won’t be hard for them to survive in step 6 next year, all of the big spenders will be gone and anyone spending in that league will be foolish. 

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11 minutes ago, MattP said:

Significant grants available at Step 6 for any club with the infrastructure/manpower in place though - it won’t be hard for them to survive in step 6 next year, all of the big spenders will be gone and anyone spending in that league will be foolish. 

The majority of teams that have gained promotion do OK in the first year, it's what happens after that.

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5 minutes ago, Dave Deacon said:

There was always to come a time when the system would run out of teams wanting to be promoted and apart from St Day and Truro City Reserves now is there any other SPL teams particularly fussed about going up I wonder?

St Day have a great set up as a club.  But if they take promotion I'll give it two years before they're struggling to raise a side and back down a level. 

You need more commitment from players, commitment is easy when you're at the top of the league but if you're mid-table it's harder to drum up the interest to go to an away game 40 miles or so away. 

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18 minutes ago, Dave Deacon said:

There was always to come a time when the system would run out of teams wanting to be promoted and apart from St Day and Truro City Reserves now is there any other SPL teams particularly fussed about going up I wonder?

Mousehole Dev, but can’t happen whilst the 1st team remain Step 5. 

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19 minutes ago, FutureGK said:

For the sake of quality in the SWPL this rule regarding  1st and 2nd teams really needs looking at again.

 

If you mean the rule about there needing to be a minimum two division gap then I agree with you 100% but it’s a national FA rule so sadly there’s little chance of it changing. 

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22 hours ago, Dave Deacon said:

There was always to come a time when the system would run out of teams wanting to be promoted and apart from St Day and Truro City Reserves now is there any other SPL teams particularly fussed about going up I wonder?

With a few changes next season the number of clubs in 'the system' - including the professional game - is moving closer and closer to 1,100.

Who shall be interested from Devon, Dorset and Somerset? Again there may not be much left. And, in a sense, why should there be? 

But Beer Albion and North Molton have 100% records in Devon and good set-ups. Who knows what they want?

You almost wonder if it's increasingly the domain of 'benefactors' - who may have 'plans' - rather than ordinary club committees who, for their part, are more likely to have doubts.

A possible vicious circle here. The harder it becomes to maintain even a 16-club step 6 division the more the travelling becomes.  

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On 19/11/2022 at 18:33, St Darren said:

The majority of teams that have gained promotion do OK in the first year, it's what happens after that.

A number of teams that took promotion when the league was formed are still playing at that level or have moved on up the ladder.

Yes a few have fallen by the wayside, Hayle Penryn, Ludgvan and Foxhole spring to mind but others have flourished?

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