Saturday 4 April 2020

Happy birthday on Saturday to Rocco Mannering, Shane Moloney, Nicole Baker and Alfie Collier!

Well, the pitches look perfect! Have a good weekend.

THE FA IS IMPLEMENTING TEMPORARY CHANGES TO DBS CHECKS IN FOOTBALL FOR THE PERIOD THAT FOOTBALL IS SUSPENDED  DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE START OF THE 2020-2021 SEASON.

These changes are outlined below and will apply to all roles in football. This decision has been made in light of the current cessation of football activity, difficulties regarding online ID verification for the purposes  of renewing a DBS check and demand on the DBS service due to the current health crisis.  

1. All volunteers carrying out regulated activity with U18s (in accordance with DBS guidance) require an Enhanced DBS with a check of the Children’s Barring List before they commence their role within football. This is current practice and will remain in place. However, we ask that new DBS checks are not submitted (from today onwards) whilst football activity remains suspended. For the avoidance of doubt, volunteers will not be permitted to carry out regulated activity with U18s until they have obtained a DBS check. The FA will provide a further update on processing new DBS checks in due course when there is further clarity on football activity will resume.

2. All individuals  whose DBS checks are due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 will not be required to renew their DBS checks until 1 year after the scheduled date of expiry.  The FA currently requires DBS checks to be renewed every 3 years in accordance with industry standards and best practice. However, we have made an informed decision to extend that to 4 years, in these limited circumstances, on the basis of the current health crisis and associated difficulties in DBS check renewal and the fact that these individuals  already hold a DBS check which has been accepted by The FA.  

a. The FA is currently proposing an end date of 1 October 2020, based on the fact that this season’s grassroots footballing activity has ended and the assumption that pre-season will commence with the start of the youth season starting September 2020. However, as circumstances develop, this date is potentially subject to change.

b. The FA’s proposals outlined above are applicable to all DBS checks completed through The FA. 

c. The FA’s Whole Game System will be updated to reflect these changes.  

Please note that the changes outlined above are temporary, and The FA reserves the right to review and amend the position, including to reflect changes in legislation and/or statutory guidance with respect to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and further clarity on when football activity will resume.

The above changes are made to support the footballing family in the immediate term and to support a return to football activity in the longer term whilst ensuring The FA’s commitment to safeguarding remains in place.

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The FA have sent out loads of different activities to occupy minds during this gap in normal life … have a look at this one on the FA site (it is not easy!) Club Wembley Kids Activity Pack. Any problems finding the link, give Lisa a shout and she will forward a copy to you.

EKYL Chairman’s statement 3 April 2020

Dear Secretaries

I write to you at the end of my first season as League Chairman, I thought that the members of the East Kent Youth Football League with a 40+ year history would have seen everything. Clearly I was very wrong, the current situation is unprecedented and, hopefully, a once in a lifetime event. These extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.

As you know, the Football Association have announced that all grassroots football has been terminated for the season and they went on to make recommendations as to how Leagues should implement that immediate termination.

The League Management Committee has met by video conference and has debated at length the limited options that exist (all of them unthinkable in normal times and unpalatable now). Having carefully considered the FA advice, we must now, with regret, make the following announcement to our member clubs.

The East Kent Youth League Management Committee has unanimously agreed to follow the recommendation made to us by The FA and adopt the measure that they have applied to the National League System and to the women’s pyramid. Accordingly all league results for all divisions and groups will be expunged and no champions and runners up positions will be determined. To avoid any doubt, this applies to all Divisions.

As the current national emergency continues into the summer months, such an outcome may increasingly be seen as inevitable, but we fully appreciate that this decision will nevertheless be the cause of great disappointment, especially to those with title hopes. But we trust that such disappointment will be weighed against the suffering being caused across the country by this vicious epidemic.

The FA also suggested that there could be some flexibility with regard to knock out cup competitions, especially if the finalists are already known and are simply waiting for their final as is the case in our competitive Leagues. Accordingly it is the current intention of the Committee to keep open the option of attempting to hold the delayed Cup Finals in the early part of next season. In expressing this wish, it is acknowledged that many unknown factors may arise to hinder this aspiration and it will be kept under review as future timescales become clearer. Should it be no longer feasible to play the fixture, it would be our intention to have shared winners at each age group.

As attention inevitably turns towards the future, we conclude this announcement by drawing your attention to the following information.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund: may be of interest to clubs with fixed costs which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

Whilst acknowledging the uncertainty that currently exists for all of us in our daily lives, let alone in the lives of our clubs and teams, we do nevertheless intend to try to follow the ‘normal’ timetable as regards membership and other procedures for next season. However, we obviously accept that some of the usual deadlines may need adjustment subject to the prevailing conditions nearer the time.

The East Kent Youth League are aware that the opportunity to meet with your player squads or hold trials days are some way off and therefore, at this time, when you submit your membership application for the new season there will be no requirement to send any payment. This will be invoiced at a later date when team numbers maybe more certain and any signing on fees collected to help Club cash flow.

We appreciate that league fees are a minor part of your annual expenditure, but we believe that anything we can do in this regard will be welcomed.

Finally, all members of the Committee would like to send everyone in your Club, our sincere best wishes for the weeks and months ahead as we all face the threats associated with this wretched virus.

Stay Safe, Protect the NHS and Save lives

Arnie van Orsouw Chair EKYFL

Poets’ Corner

At this time of enforced isolation for many of us, poems can provide a means for solace and reflection. Feel free to send me your favourite(s) to share with readers.

The Road Not Taken 

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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Happy birthday Thursday to great club servant Joanne Wyer – sorry it’s late Jo but my wifi has been down. Hope you had a good day!

Congratulations to local referees who were all promoted on Wednesday: George Head, Ben Marshall and Mark Roberts

Latest tournament to be cancelled due to the virus is Herne Bay Youth. Those waiting for Selsey information, please bear with us … the minute we have information, you will be informed. Thank you.

Thanks to Simon Oldfield, we can now drive through the gate. If only we had some games!

Wednesday birthday greetings to Roger Corkhill and Bobbie Copham!

Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true! (Aesop c260 BC)

Greetings for a happy birthday Tuesday to Dexter Smith!

So frustrating for everybody in football [indeed life] at the moment … just keep safe and let’s hope this awful virus is gone sooner rather than later

Behind the scenes, much planning is under way for next season and any proposals or suggestions that any member has will be considered. Anyone that has any football questions, needs clarification of standing orders during shutdown, personal circumstances, online support with school/college work etc is invited to contact DH direct at dhomewood@yahoo.com

Easyfundraising from Simon Oldfield

What better time to try and boost the coffers with your own purchases? Here Executive member Simon Oldfield has produced a simple guide you may wish to read

Sadly, it looks as though the season is completely finished. Really hard on our BG Girls who were on the verge of completing a sensational Kent Girls & Ladies League treble, having reached this stage unbeaten. Without doubt the Sunday Firsts have been dealt a cruel blow as, like our Reserves, they honed in on league and cup triumphs. After a fantastic rebuilding job, the Under 14s were also unbeaten and Sid cannot hide his disappointment at the squad not being rewarded. Equally the U10s DVS have stormed ahead this season and may play up a year next term. On Sundays, the BG Valiants adults have done us proud and can look forward to next season with great optimism. The awards night this year is going to be a strange affair … if and when we are allowed to organise one!

A quick note that the FA have today advised that another option is on the table and the Kent Youth League are balloting their members. The concept is on a points per game basis to decide leagues (and cups). Don’t quite get it myself but any updates/clarification we will publish immediately we are made aware.

But we are now actively planning for next season and will soon be advertising for managers and coaches across the club. Lisa will be hoping for the 1 June 2020 registration starting date to remain but obviously everything depends upon the coronavirus. Details will be published here and on the Events & Fixtures page as soon as we can confirm.

Next season’s age groups about to canvass for players include

U10s; U11 Girls; U12s; U13 EKYL; U14s and U16s next season … in the first instance please contact dhomewood@yahoo.com for further details


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