League Admin Workshop

Tue 9th January 2018 | General
By Gary Langley

Sunday was a busy day in and around the Hallmark Security League, the day also saw the league host it’s second Administration Workshop which was held at the Lancashire FA Headquarters in Leyland. 

The event was attended by representatives from a large number of clubs and hosted by representatives of the League Management Committee, headed by Chairman, Paul Lawler.  The overall aims of the day were to discuss issues with clubs, raise issues of where and why certain procedures are in place and of course provide information and resources.

The event moved at a fairly swift pace as the agenda was a busy one, it started by addressing responsibilities from both a club and league perspective, this was a section that had a fair amount of debate in as it was important for some of the newer club staff to see where everything fits in.  Issues were raised from both sides of the room about certain administrative procedures and expectations and a good deal was raised.

As the morning progressed there were presentations from representatives from the Lancashire FA.  John Treacy, Football Development Officer gave a wide ranging presentation about the range of services that the County FA’s offer across the board which range from Coaching Courses, providing help with Commercial and funding sources as well as a number of services that clubs may well not have been aware of.  It was interesting to see a number of questions raised later in the day about the operations of County Football associations and it certainly opened up some good lines of enquiry.

Shaun Burke took the floor next, Shaun has a somewhat unique position at the County FA, he is the Facilities and Investment Officer which is a position that is not common in the Regional Football Associations but it is certainly one that has proven useful across Grassroots and Semi-Professional Football in the Region.  Shaun talked about the Football Stadia Improvement Fund as well as about other sources of Grant funding that clubs may not necessarily have been aware of.  He gave an overview on what can be applied for, what cannot as well as informing clubs about the procedures involved and the evolution of the procedures. 

In the afternoon session we were joined by Mark Harris and Keith Brown, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.  The gentlemen took the floor and gave an overview on the processes of being promoted to Step 4 and the support mechanism’s in place for teams who take the step up.  It was a very well received session and gave all the clubs as well as the League representatives a good insight into the processes that face the clubs who will make the step up.

The afternoon continued with discussions and debates about the League set-up, the challenges that the League face as we evolve and expand, giving us an opportunity to explain what we know so far about what will happen over the coming months.  This provided opportunities to debate and gain feedback over a number of items.  Questions from the floor were addressed on the day but we also took a number of questions and suggestions away to look at over the coming days.

Overall we think it was a useful event and we hope that every club who attended took something away from it, be it an idea, a thought or an answer.  We will be circulating information sheets, slides and resources from the event to Club staff over the coming days and thank everyone from the clubs who were able to attend the event.


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