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It’s all in the de­tail, and the de­tails were known

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - Narey Ed­i­tor – @anarey_NLP

If it isn’t your turn­stiles, it’s those 500 seats you need to in­stall un­der that old stand. Maybe it’s the dis­abled ac­cess, the dugouts or the flood­lights. Be­lieve me, for any foot­ball club with as­pi­ra­tions to grow and climb the pyra­mid, the duty of keep­ing your ground up to scratch seems to be never-end­ing. But mak­ing sure your chang­ing rooms are 18 me­tres square is a new one on me…

It’s the story that has caught my at­ten­tion this week (I know, I need to get out more) with the FA con­firm­ing they have sent let­ters out to clubs at Step 3 and 4 lev­els re­mind­ing them of their duty to ex­pand their ‘play­ers lounge’. The re­quire­ments are not just for play­ers, with of­fi­cials’ rooms also need­ing to mea­sure at least six square me­tres.

The full facts are listed and de­tailed on page 6, but the ar­gu­ment from many clubs this week – those af­fected by the rule – has been that surely the FA have big­ger and bet­ter things to do than slap this on clubs who barely have the means to get by as it is.

I see that, I re­ally do, but I also see it from the FA’s point of view. This rule hasn’t sud­denly been sprung on clubs, it was first re­leased four years ago. It is merely a re­minder to a small num­ber of clubs who haven’t yet sub­mit­ted their ex­ten­sion de­tails that a dead­line is loom­ing.

Many clubs have al­ready spent the money and done the work to make them com­pli­ant, so it isn’t fair that oth­ers should slide by, even if I think the rule it­self is slightly pedan­tic for many clubs at that level.Alex

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