Merger ap­proved by FA

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The merger be­tween the South­ern Coun­ties East League and the Kent In­victa League has been ap­proved by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. The FA’s Leagues Com­mit­tee have given the leagues the go-ahead to merge at the end of the cur­rent sea­son. Denise Rich­mond, who is cur­rently chair­man of both leagues, said: “It’s a tremen­dous boost for foot­ball In the south east that the two leagues can join forces. “All clubs in both leagues at sep­a­rate EGMs sup­ported the merger and now the FA fully sup­port the clubs. “It is great progress for the re­gion, and will sup­port foot­ball de­vel­op­ment across the South East. “Enor­mous in­vest­ment has been made over the past five years by the In­victa League clubs, from both the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion and club’s own pock­ets, to get to this stage. “As this sea­son ends, 16 out of the cur­rent 20 mem­ber clubs will have a min­i­mum of grade G, with 10 mem­ber clubs al­ready there. “This is much bet­ter than the na­tional av­er­age for Step 6 of less than 50%. “By this de­ci­sion the FA con­tinue to sup­port In­victa League clubs’ progress, hav­ing al­ready agreed for two mem­bers clubs to be pro­moted next year. “The new league will re­main as the South­ern Coun­ties East Foot­ball League and will con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate foot­ball at steps 5/6 en­sur­ing it has ‘the wings to fly’ and sup­port the Kent County League to pro­vide a path for clubs to progress through the Na­tional League sys­tem.” Kent In­victa League ad­min­is­tra­tor John Moules said: “The merger will en­hance foot­ball across the county and take foot­ball in Kent and the sur­round­ing area to an­other level in the game.”

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