By now, most of you will have heard of the decision announced by our governing body, the FA, this afternoon that all grassroots (step 7) football for the 2019/20 season is concluded, with the recommendation that all results are expunged. This means that with great sadness there will be no more football played in the Colchester and District Sunday Football League until the 2020/21 season commences, which at this moment in time is scheduled for September.
I appreciate this news will be hugely disappointing for everyone given all of the work and time put in over the past 8 months or more. Please be assured the League Management Committee (LMC) share that disappointment, but given the impact that COVID 19 has already had on our way of life, family, work and friends these past few weeks, together with the legislation delivered by the Government, there is probably no other option, especially when the future is still largely unknown.
I also appreciate that you and your players will probably have questions as a result of this announcement. Over the next week or so, the LMC will be debating several points which obviously have to include next season and the fair and correct methods about how this is achieved. We also are awaiting details of a consultation with Essex FA as they continue to offer support and advice.
Therefore please could you allow us some time to come back to you with answers, especially with all of the non-football challenges we all face at the moment. If you wish, you may email Elsie Hewitt, the League Secretary with any questions you may have, but please be patient in that we will not be able to deliver an immediate answer.
Kind regards, Jon Burns
Very sadly Fordham Athletic withdrew from the league in early March, and with the process completed the Premier Division table has been adjusted accordingly. Under Rule 22(D) as they had completed more than 75% of their fixtures, the points were awarded to their two remaining opponents – Romania Athletic and Vikings Flag
During these unprecedented times, both locally and globally, the Essex County FA wish to say thank you for the commitment, dedication and patience members of the grassroots community have collectively shown, and we wish everyone across football good health.
This is a fast-moving scenario, which started with us putting our own competitions on hold and allowing leagues and competitions to follow suit and postpone their own games. This has since developed into an overall suspension of grassroots Essex football.
The focus has to be on public health, and football continues to play its part. The FA and the Essex County FA will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. The FA are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.
Throughout this recent period since COVID-19 has affected England, The FA and the Essex County FA have taken Government advice, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Current advice is that organisations should ‘work from home’ where possible.
For the foreseeable future, staff at the County Office in Chelmsford will be working remotely from home in the interests of safety, and to play our part in reducing the potential spread of the virus. Staff can still be contacted as normal, though E-Mail is the preferred method at present.
There are a number of ‘unknowns’ in football at the moment, but the staff at the Essex County FA are committed to supporting you. We will issue a weekly update to keep you informed of the latest developments in local grassroots football