A tribute of love

Today we publish the tribute Darren’s wife sent to us.

Visit our blog page; click the post “A gentleman of our times”; after reading the post and the club emblems you will find the opportunity to click on comments and view more tributes to Darren.


Darren was my true hero I was proud of everything he achieved in life my heart is broken but with all the lovely comments have helped me though these last few weeks


 Daz I hope you can see all these lovely comments !!’ And how you have made people appreciate what you gave.


 I’m so proud to be your wife and thank you for being you xxxxxx I will always love you xxxxx

Tributes to Darren

Tomorrow we publish some of the tributes that South Yorkshire Ability Counts League has received following the death of our secretary, Darren Warner on January 17th 2021.

Darren’s funeral is to be held on Saturday 30th of January 11.00am at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster. DN4 6NE.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the service indoors will be limited in numbers; due to severe lockdown restrictions the service cannot be broadcast outside. Therefore, the crematorium asks that only those with an invite to the service attend the crematorium due to public safety issues. However, the funeral cars with Darren will be passing the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.10am for those wishing to wave Darren a farewell.

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 27th January for the tributes.

Important Message from the SYACL

Important Message from the SYACL Chair, Mike Stylianou.

SYACL wishes everyone a Happy New Year 2021, unfortunately, due to current pandemic regulations, the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League is now suspended during this present lockdown.

Concord Sports Centre and Goals Centres will  be closed – alongside all other Leisure Centres – which effectively prevents us from staging either 7-a-side or 5-a-side matches.

We have suspended the League until this lockdown is lifted; and do not give permission for teams to arrange League matches against each other, despite the government exemption for Disability Sports.

Obviously some clubs may wish to organise training sessions for their teams and possibly arrange friendly matches, but the League does not encourage it.

We understand many of you will be disappointed by our decision; as always our main priority is the safety of all our group, the current high risk to any of our clinically extremely vulnerable members and the fear of spreading the virus. 

We will attempt to restart in March, review the situation throughout; and hopefully complete the season before the summer. 

We hope you all stay safe and well and look forward to staging matches again in a safer environment in the not too distant future.

We are aware there may be a great deal of disappointment and anxiety amongst our participants as the League forms an important part in your social lives. We would ask you to keep in touch, via telephone/social media, with your teammates and friends during this time; one of our team managers has asked that the following helplines be publicised, so that if anyone is in need of someone to talk too they can contact the appropriate helpline or contact your team manager’s; and we will all be back playing football very soon.