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Bodmin Dragon has informed the league that the club has folded and will not be taking it's place in D2(E).  As a result:

1.  No team will be relegated from D2(E) at the conclusion of 2024-25 season;

2.  Gorran will receive a 'bye' in the George Evely Cup.

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Too much attention to buying sucess at the professional level has sadly filtered down to grassroot level and has caused the closing of several clubs at grassroot level throughout the country.

Professional players in the Premier League have seen an average increase in their wages of 3,600% since 1994, the cost of living /consumer price index has increased by 94% in the same period, that will explain why some clubs are very close to going out of business because of living beyond their means.

It's unlikely that Bodmin Dragon paid their players huge sums of money if anything at all, but the effect of the money being offered to players at a slightly higher level will always affect those in what was considered to be junior football if playes are enticed away by a few pounds pocket money.
A suggestion is that the various county football associations should also look at holding a financial bond for any newly formed teams may help the plethora of short term clubs that are formed country wide.  A bond would also help pay any outstanding debts incurred, or returned to a club if they had no outstanding debts.

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I dont think that stuff has much influence. There's a set pool of players in Cornwall. Some get paid, some don't. If anything as teams go up the leagues their budgets and league catchment area increases which sould have a positive impact on the local lower clubs. 

For grassroots clubs it's things like increased costs - pitch and facilities hire, FA and league registrations, insurances, fines, kits & equipment etc. 

Players seems to lack commitmemt and availability or some teams are a particular friendship group with no succession planning in the club. 

Training facilities and availability. Smaller clubs struggle to get access or put off by high costs

Matchday squad increases to 5 subs means the best clubs attract more players while small one club teams have bare 11. 

Struggle for volunteers to help with day to day management and additional burden from FA for mandatory training, Safeguarding etc. 

Players aren't getting the enjoyment from football. Referee shortage or no ref at all can mean you'd rather not play and do something else. 

League rules favour clubs with more than one team. Reserves and third teams can call on players from higher teams who have already finished while small clubs lose players to cricket / work / summer holidays and has an impact to the end of season. 

There's a multitude of reasons and many i've missed.... clubs are created and fold all the time. It's just a bit concerning how many have gone before the season started so far. 

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2 minutes ago, Dave Deacon said:

no responsibility to help and no commitment! 

Oh! Add no respect to their shortfall too! 

100% agree, and that's the general way of things at present, only where those items mentioned are a natural article in the formation and running of a club, are they unlikely to fold.

Too often expectation and hope's of success in certain areas of life are replaced by scepticisim and non commitment followed by failure.
Clubs of any persuasion rely on the background behind the scene people who run them, and who all too often are taken for granted

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Add rule changes, and less than adequate officiating in to the mix. Fines & yellow cards for dissent, sometimes equalling the punishment for cynical fouls/tackles, which have resulted serious injuries, leading to time out of the game & off work, with some never to return!

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9 hours ago, winston said:

serious injuries, leading to time out of the game & off work, with some never to return!

That would be an interesting statistic - the number of serious injuries that actually lead to time off work throughout all the players that appear during a season!

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10 hours ago, Dave Deacon said:

That would be an interesting statistic - the number of serious injuries that actually lead to time off work throughout all the players that appear during a season!

I imagine quite low. The St Piran League have a benevolent fund for this precise reason and it was utilised very little last season as I remember them publishing the details. If players do get injured and need time off work, get your secretary to raise with the league as it's a very simple form to help cover loss of earnings. 

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22 hours ago, winston said:

Add rule changes, and less than adequate officiating in to the mix. Fines & yellow cards for dissent, sometimes equalling the punishment for cynical fouls/tackles, which have resulted serious injuries, leading to time out of the game & off work, with some never to return!

https://www.cornwallfa.com/referees/development-and-workshops/the-fa-referees-course

 

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