FA RESPOND !The FA have kept to their promise !
Following a meeting between members of the NCYL and representatives of the Football Association, we have now received the FA's response to our concerns.
All NCYL Members will be issued with an update on the FA's response as soon as possible.
At Last !After patiently waiting for well over a year a meeting between the NCYL and representatives of the F.A finally took place on Wed 22 Jan at Wembley Stadium.
We now await the FA's response to the discussions (which they promised before the end of March) and members will be informed as soon as possible.
NEWS UPDATE – NovemberSurprise Surprise ! The Football Association have done nothing.
Many of you will, no doubt, be saying we told you so. However, the Committee felt it was essential to give the FA the proper chance to respond.
Sadly, the organisation that says it cares quite simply can't be bothered to consider its members grievances. Obviously, they would rather tell us what we must do, rather than listen to the problems encountered by the unpaid volunteers who run the game.
There is no place within the FA structure for amateur players, clubs or leagues to vote on issues that directly affect them. The NCYL has attempted to talk to the FA about resolving a serious flaw in the makeup of the FA Council.
The FA claim that amateur football is represented through the counties but have you ever been asked to vote on any representative, rule or issue at either County or National level ?
After a year of letters, e-mails, phone calls and promised meetings, it would appear the FA have chosen to ignore the problems that clearly exist in the amateur game.
The FA have had their chance - NOW is the time for ACTION
It cannot be right in any democratice society that the players and volunteers who run the game have no say in the rule making process.
NEWS UPDATE – SeptemberAn informal meeting took place on 6th September between Sally Dolan of the NCYL and Mr. Graham Noakes of the Football Association.
The purpose of the meeting was to set the agenda for a formal meeting due to take place in the very near future.
Sally outlined the NCYL’s goals and Mr. Noakes agreed to arrange a formal meeting to discuss details.
Items on the agenda to be discussed with members of the F.A are.
1… Voting rights and representation on the FA Council for Youth Football.
2… Removal of the word ‘mandatory’ from recent rule changes.
Mr Noakes stated that he would contact the NCYL before the end of September 2013.
All Members will be informed as soon as possible.
FA MEETINGThe FA finally agreed to a meeting in May.
Sadly, the two people representing the FA claimed they were unable to answer any of our questions and suggested we write to the FA Chief Executive.
Having already written on 3 previous occasions over a 6 month period, it would seem that the FA have little desire to listen to the grievances of over 50 of its member leagues.
The FA's apparent reluctance to try to settle this issue amicably has only made out members more determined to take action.
ALL WE WANT IS A DEMOCRATIC VOTE !
All football volunteers should ask themselves...
Have you ever been asked to vote on an FA Rule ?
Have you ever been asked to vote for a representative either at County or the FA ?
If the answer is no to any of these questions then you need to join the National Conference of Youth Leagues.
FA SNUB FOR VOLUNTEERS !Our caring, sharing F.A appear to have snubbed the NCYL’s invitation to talk.
The NCYL has now written 3 (Three) times to the F.A inviting them to meet and discuss the disharmony that now exits in the Youth/Junior game.
From the lack on any proper response it would now seem that the FA don’t care that 50 leagues are on the verge of leaving the Football Association.
A meeting of the NCYL will be arranged soon to discuss and vote on the various alternatives available.
Government Demand FA ChangeEnglish football’s authorities have been given an ultimatum by MPs to make further changes or face possible legislation.
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson was prompted to say that “football is the worst governed sport in this country, without a doubt”.
Committee chairman MP John Whittingdale said: “While some progress has been achieved, much greater reform in football is needed to make the game inclusive, sustainable and driven from the grass-roots, where it should be.” – Which is exactly what the NCYL is asking for !
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