TIME FOR A CHANGE OR REL­E­GA­TION

FA send out warn­ing let­ters

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS -

THE FA have clar­i­fied let­ters sent to some Non-League clubs warn­ing they would be rel­e­gated if they don’t ex­pand their dress­ing rooms.

At Step 3 and 4, chang­ing rooms are re­quired to be a min­i­mum of 18 square me­tres and six square me­tres for chang­ing ar­eas for match of­fi­cials by March 31, 2019. If not met, then the club will not be el­i­gi­ble for pro­mo­tion or par­tic­i­pa­tion in the play-offs at the com­ple­tion of the 2018-19 sea­son and rel­e­gated to Step 5.

Clubs have un­til the end of July next year to com­ply pro­vid­ing they can sup­ply writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion the works will be com­pleted by that date, achieved plan­ning per­mis­sion and have proof of fund­ing.

Should a club pro­vide the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments but then fail to com­plete the nec­es­sary im­prove­ments, then their ground will be closed and the club will have to find an al­ter­nate, fully com­pli­ant ground for the 2019-20 sea­son. Fail­ure to com­plete the works by March 31, 2020 will then see the club rel­e­gated to Step 5.

The let­ters came as a shock to some af­fected clubs, con­cerned they wouldn’t be able to com­plete the work in time and how they would fund the changes.

Com­pli­ant

How­ever, The FA is­sued the no­tice about the changes four years ago and clubs can ap­ply for up to 70 per cent fund­ing through the Foot­ball Sta­dia Im­prove­ment Fund.

The NLP un­der­stands of the 228 clubs at Steps 3 and 4, 95 per cent are com­pli­ant. An FA spokesper­son said: “In 2014 The FA and leagues at Step 3 and 4, con­sist­ing of the Evo-Stik League, Evo-Stik League South and the Bostik League, gave no­tice to their clubs that dress­ing room re­quire­ments would in­crease from 12 to 18 square me­tres to ac­com­mo­date in­creased squad sizes, med­i­cal equip­ment and an im­proved en­vi­ron­ment for play­ers.

“This is a manda­tory re­quire­ment from those leagues and the vast ma­jor­ity have al­ready achieved this. Those clubs that are not cur­rently com­pli­ant were writ­ten to this week to en­cour­age them to com­plete the works by 31 July 2019 or they will be rel­e­gated from their re­spec­tive league.”

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