Happy Christmas from SYACL

Dear website readers, first and foremost thanks from all the team and contributors for your continued support and making this website, in it’s first year the success that it is.


We have lots for you to catch up on today. The City Knights biography has been added to the team biographies page; across on Bradford City Disability page we have an interview with Matthew Hemmingway, Bradford City Disability defender/midfielder; and a Christmas message from the team at SYCAL – Mike, Darren, Sean, Colin and Margaret.

It’s been a year to forget, that’s for sure; but amongst all the doom and gloom, the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League managed to get two match days of seven-a-side football and two afternoons of five-a-side football after competition restarted after the lockdown. You can read the reports on the matches on the Results page of this website.

Secretary Darren Warner and the SYACL Committee meet regularly by Zoom to ensure that the preparations for a safe restart are agreed and communicated to everyone, and Chairman Mike Stylianou visited the venues with our Covid-19 Officer Colin Muncie to agree the game day protocols. These included, regrettably, a limit on the numbers able to attend, with no spectators allowed being the disheartening feature of the rulings by the venues.  

On arrival, each player has a temperature check, and is provided with hand sanitiser. Groups are kept separate when not involved in a match, and fixtures are scheduled to minimise the number of teams present at the venue at any one time. In between matches, our referees-led by our own Sean Wright sanitise the equipment ahead of the next match.

We are continuously monitoring advice from the Government, Public Health England, the Football Association and the venues where our matches are played. At all times, the safety and well being of our participants is the overriding priority, so if the advice changes, we modify our match day protocols.

We have been running an extremely popular series of feature interviews with our players and coaches, so if there is someone you think deserves a feature on our website, just let us know.  

Editor Margaret says ” Since our website started, we have had nearly 7,500 views, which is an average of about 1000 visits every month. Our Twitter audience is also growing – it’s above 100 now.”

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