As some of you know I have the privilege of helping with an open-age football league for adults with learning difficulties and autism called the SYACL and with a disability service provision in Rotherham called Social Eyes.
This week ahead is World Autism Awareness Week so I’ll be running 7k cycling 7k and walking 7k for Social Eyes.
The 7 represents the fact that 1 in 100 folk in the UK has some form of autism – 700,000 people.
No one else deserved it more. Football was his life and he put so much in to it and that’s why the club is where it is today due to his hard work and his wife Sharon Warner and all the other amazing coaches/staff there, so a big well done.
Hope you’re all well and looking forward to better times!
The 7-a-side teams have all expressed an interest in returning to league matches – post lockdown – so fixtures arranged for the 11th April, at Concord Sports Centre, will be going ahead. The last set of league matches for this season can then be concluded in May, either on the 9th or the 16th.
City Knights 5-a-side teams have withdrawn for this season, all their matches against league opponents have been annulled – haven’t played 75% of their fixtures – and the league tables have been amended to reflect the changes. New amended tables on results page. The remaining 5-a-side fixtures for this season can now be played out on 1 match day, that has been arranged for the 23rd May and the remaining 5-a-side fixtures for April 18th have been postponed until that date. Full Time has sent out fixtures for the 7-a-side matches in April and the 5-a-side matches in May, to all team administrators.
The league will continue to follow Covid 19 guidelines from the Government /NHS & venues, regarding safety on match days and the risk assessment arranged by the league will be ongoing, until we are told differently. The government’s roadmap out of lockdown gives us some hope that spectators may be allowed from late May.
It will be extremely strange when we restart not to see Darren Warner at the venues, he was ever present over many years and I’m sure many of us and our members will still be affected by his absence – for a considerable time. The league plan to stage memorials at both the 5 and 7-a-side match days, to celebrate the life of our wonderful friend.
It was always going to be difficult to replace Darren in his league role as secretary, but I’m pleased to say that Paul Jubb ( Bradford City DFC) has kindly agreed to to fill that position. Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge of disability football and team administration and is the ideal person to ensure the smooth running of league affairs. Paul will be taking up his duties in the next couple of weeks, so please do not contact him just yet, if you have any administrative queries. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please contact myself or Colin.
It’s likely that a Zoom meeting in late March will discuss all of the above, with details being sent out to all in the next couple of weeks.