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FA - Groundsman of the Year

19th January 2018
FA - Groundsman of the Year
The current award structure is as follows. There are separate awards for:
The Football Conference (Steps 1 and 2)
Southern League
Isthmian League
Steps 3 and 4 National Award
Steps 5 and 6 National Award
Step 7 and Below National Awar
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Dorset FA are seeking nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year Awards.
Read more at http://www.dorsetfa.com/news/2018/jan/groundsman-of-the-year-awards#deCbBDytTW7isGzK.99

 

The Dorset FA are seeking nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year Awards.

The Award was set up to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship.


The majority of football in this country is played outside the Football League. Quality pitches are therefore essential for the development of football at every level. Grassroots groundsman, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, play a huge role in ensuring pitches are in their best possible condition, week in, week out. The Awards were set up to recognise the contribution of these ‘unsung heroes’, who work in all weather, all year round, to make sure that thousands of matches can take place on a high standard of playing surface.


The current award structure is as follows. There are separate awards for:
The Football Conference (Steps 1 and 2)
Southern League
Isthmian League
Steps 3 and 4 National Award
Steps 5 and 6 National Award
Step 7 and Below National Award

Step 1 – 6 Clubs are nominated by their respective Leagues, while Step 7 and below Clubs are nominated by their County FA. The top recommendations from each League and County are visited by our judges.


The six judges are all Groundsmen at Premier League and Championship football clubs across the country. They not only look at the quality of the pitch, but also take into consideration the Groundsman’s skills and knowledge, their ambitions for the pitch, the resources available, how often the pitch is used, and the amount of time they are able to work on the pitch.

The winning Groundsmen in each category are presented with a trophy at their respective home grounds on the day of a pre-season friendly or league game and then are recognised again at our Awards Night. The Groundsman of the Year Awards Presentation brings together all the award winners, runners-up and highly commended groundsman for a day at St. George’s Park which includes lunch, a tour of the facility and the awards presentation.


The first ranked Dorset club groundsman will go forward to the national judging stage and undergo independent adjudication.

To nominate your groundsman at Step 7 and below please compete and return the form below to Kath Purnell, County Facilities and Marketing Officer, by email: kathryn.purnell@dorsetfa.com

Or post to:

The Dorset County Football Association

The County Ground

Blandford Close

Hamworthy

Poole

Dorset

BH15 4BF


Closing date for entries is Thursday 1st March 2018


Documents - Nomination Form 2018 - Steps 7 & Below

Please CLICK HERE

Dorset Football Awards 2018

18th January 2018
Dorset Football Awards 2018

Dorset Football Awards 2018

Dorset County FA values everyone's contribution to Football in Dorset and once again we are seeking to recognise and reward a number of individuals and teams for their outstanding contribution to Dorset Football.

We are looking for deserving individuals or clubs who have made an outstanding contribution to Football in Dorset. This could be as a coach, a player, an administrator, a groundsman, a young volunteer or any other role that has made a difference to Football in Dorset.

All nominations will be assessed by a panel, with the winners being invited to the Dorset Football Awards on Friday 27th April 2018 at The Blandford School.

Deadline for nominations is Monday 12th March 2018
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NOMINATION FORM - CLICK HERE

 

 

 



FA - New Plans For 2018

9th January 2018
FA - New Plans For 2018

A series of new initiatives and investments to impact the whole of English football.

FA - Sin Bin Survey

28th December 2017
FA - Sin Bin Survey
To:                       All Leagues Participating in Sin Bin Pilot
Copy to:               All County FA’s
Colleagues
We are now 4 months into the sin Bin Pilot and across all 31 Leagues participating in the Pilot the statistics have shown a decrease in dissent by 34%.  Whilst this is a really positive indicator on the success of the pilot, it is also important to consider the impact of sin bins on the enjoyment of the game.
As mentioned in the training however, in addition to the statistical analysis, it is our intention to see the feedback from those participating in the Leagues on the impact of the Sin Bins. I am therefore asking all Leagues to circulate the link below to a survey that will enable us to consider the individual perceptions.
Please could I ask that the Leagues circulate the link below to all League Officers, Clubs and Referees in your League in order to obtain their individual feedback.  Please also ask the Clubs to circulate the survey to all Team Managers and Adult Players for their feedback.

Link for the survey : CLICK HERE

The survey will be open for 3 weeks and will close on Friday 12th January 2018.
You will only be able to take the Survey once.
The results of the survey will then be analysed and considered at appropriate FA meetings in January for consideration on the potential introduction of Sin Bins on a wider scale.
Can I thank you for your assistance in circulating the survey and for your continued support in the pilot.
Wishing you all an enjoyable festive season and New Year.
Kindest Regards
Mark Ives
FA_FORALL_Primary_RGB_SIMark Ives
Head of Judicial Services
The FA Group
Address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ
Website: www.TheFA.com

FA - Lateral Movements 2018 - 2019

10th December 2017
FA - Lateral Movements 2018 - 2019

To:          All Steps 1 to 7 League Secretaries

Dear Colleagues,

Lateral Movements

I am writing to request that all clubs at Steps 2 to 7 are informed of the possibility of lateral movements between leagues at the same Step in the National League System at the end of the current Season.

It would be appreciated therefore if you would send an email to your member clubs advising them of the following information E-MAIL SENT 10/12/2017

(please could you ensure that you also copy me into the email sent to your clubs so I have a record of notification – this is for any potential board of appeal):-

“This email is to remind clubs that it may be necessary at the end of the current Season to consider the lateral movement of clubs between leagues at the various Steps within the National League System.  Whilst it is too early to be more specific at this stage this email is advance warning that this could occur and that your club may be one of the clubs that will be moved.  Owing to the NLS restructure, it is likely that there will be more clubs than usual that will be laterally moved in the System. We would remind you that provision for lateral movement is included in the current Regulations for the Operation of the National League System.

REGULATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM

4.         Rules and Regulations for Promotion and Relegation

The LC shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of Clubs.  A League must be committed to promoting and relegating Clubs at the conclusion of each Playing Season.”

New Clubs wishing to enter the System above Step 7

Attached is the relevant form should any new club approach you wishing to enter the System above Step 7. Please note that the deadline has changed to 1 February in each season and that it is the League that apply for a Club to be entered, not the Club itself.

LATERAL MOVEMENT CLUB FORM 2018-2019 - CLICK HERE

NEW CLUB APPLICATION NLS 2018-2019 - CLICK HERE