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.

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