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Appeal To FA For Hellenic Move - 8 June

The Hereford Times report four of Hereford’s leading football clubs are joining forces to try to force a move away from the Midlands leagues to the Hellenic League.

Herefordshire sides have traditionally had to travel to clubs based around Birmingham and the Black Country when climbing up the non-league pyramid. But Westfields, Pegasus, Wellington and Lads Club now want to play in the Hellenic Football League which covers teams from counties such as Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The four Herefordshire clubs had hoped to have been moved within the Hellenic system for the forthcoming season when the Football Association set about rearranging the non-league pyramid last month. However, the sides were told they were to remain within the Midland League set-up – and now all four have launched a joint appeal to go south.

Andy Morris, Westfields' chief executive, said they had enjoyed the challenge of playing in the Midland Football League but felt that now was the time to move on. In a letter to the Football Association outlining Westfields’ reasons for the appeal, Morris said: “As the FA are trying to reorganise the leagues geographically, we would like to point out we are becoming more and more remote in our position in Hereford at step five with our current position in the Midland Football League where more clubs are being introduced from the East Midlands making most away matches in the league 200-plus mile round trips. Our geographical position and membership in the Midland Football League is hampering our progression in trying to attract players to travel and maintain standards at the 11 v 11 game.”

Morris told the Hereford Times that he hoped the clubs' joint appeal would give them ‘strength in numbers’ and increase their chances of success.

For Pegasus director Chris Wells, the practical value of making what would be a return to the Hellenic League for the Old School Lane club, are clear to see. "It's governed by travelling for us," he said."It's much easier to get to Oxford-based clubs than it is to those in the Black Country, especially in midweek."

Lads Club player-manager Danny Moon underlined how difficult it was for players to travel after work in midweek. "Players just don't want to travel in midweek when they are working," he said. There are not so many clubs in the Hellenic League so there are not so many midweek games - and a lot of the clubs in the division we would go into are based around Swindon and Cheltenham."

This was a point underlined by Wellington boss Gary Stevens. "There are fewer teams so fewer midweek fixtures," said the former Hereford United striker. And not so many teams in the Hellenic League ground-share as in the West Midlands League, which can make a big difference in a bad winter."

Ian Morris Hereford Times


Top Three Clubs Promoted - 11 May

The top three of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, Thatcham Town, Bracknell Town and Highworth Town, have all been promoted to step 4 leagues.

First place Thatcham Town, along with third place Highworth Town, have been allocated by the FA to the Evo-Stik Southern League West Division. Whilst second place Bracknell Town are allocated to the Bostik League South Central Division.

The FA have reorganised the Leagues at Step 3 and Step 4, to try and rationalise the travel distances between clubs. This includes the introduction of an additional step 3 division in the Southern League. Clubs in the Evo-Stik Southern (The Southern League) and the Bostik League ( The Isthmian League) have been moved from one league to the other.

With Thatcham Town being on the eastern perimeter of the Southern League West perimeter they can expect to encounter at least two journey's with a 300 plus mile round trip total (Barnstaple Town & Bideford).

Though no doubt many clubs will appeal to the FA regarding their allocation. An example being Southern League clubs Didcot Town and Cinderford Town. Didcot Town in Southern League West have lost their local derbies against former Hellenic League club's Kidlington and North Leigh who have been transferred to Southern League East. On current allocations Didcot's return journey mileage to away games in Southern League West will be in the region of 3000 miles, whereas in the East Division it would be some 750 miles less. Cinderford Town allocated to Southern League East couldn't be located any further West, unless they were in Wales.

  Southern League West   Isthmian League South Central  
AFC Totton
Andover Town
Barnstaple Town
Blackfield & Langley
Bristol Manor Farm
Cirencester Town
Didcot Town
Highworth Town
Larkhall Athelitc
Mangotsfield United
Melksham Town
Paulton Rovers
Thatcham Town
Wimborne Town
Winchester City
Yate Town
Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Bedfont Sports
Bracknell Town
Chalfont St Peter
Egham Town
Hanwell Town
Hayes & Yeading United
Hertford Town
South Park
Tooting & Mitcham United
Waltham Abbey



Referee’s Officer Vacancy - 25 April

The Uhlsport Hellenic League is looking to appoint a Referee’s Officer for next season.

Peter Cobby, the present Referee’s Officer, has decided to retire at the end of season after completing, almost, Three seasons in post. Peter has done an excellent job over the last three seasons and has been meticulous in the manner in which he has carried out all the tasks associated with the post. Peter has decided it is time for him to enjoy a little more relaxation time especially in view of certain  health issues.

If you are interested in this post commencing during the football ‘close season’ and believe you have the time and capacity to fulfil this rewarding role, please submit an email of interest to myself, details below. Ensure you advise on your previous football experience and any previous posts that you have held with a competition orientation.

Download the Job Description which list the Key Tasks, Skills, Relationships and IT requirements of the person who will be appointed.

The post is voluntary but an Officer Allowance is paid half yearly and is negotiable.

If you know anyone who may be interested in this post please pass these details on.    


Brian King
Chief Executive
UHLSPORT Hellenic League


6 A-Side Tournament - 24 April

Ardington are holding their annual 6 a-side competition on Saturday 26 May 2018.

The event is limited to 30 teams so are on a first come basis. Cost is £40 per team which can be payed on day. Application forms can be obtained by emailing paulwilkins283@gmail.com or calling 07889526959.


Steve Hale Appointed As Walsall Keeper Coach - 23 February

steve hale hellenic league walsall fc sadlers coach SkyBet Division OneFormer Hellenic League goal keeper and coach Steve Hale has joined SkyBet Division One Walsall as their new Senior Goalkeeping Coach.

Steve (pictured right) was involved in the past with numerous Hellenic League club's in his career in both playing and coaching roles, Milton United, Thatcham Town and Wantage Town amongst them.

Hale joins the Saddlers having left League Two side Forest Green Rovers in January following an 18-month spell at the New Lawn. Prior to that, Hale spent nine years with Swindon Town in League One and League Two, becoming the Robins’ Head of Goalkeeping in 2014 and playing a key role in the development of several goalkeepers, including current Rangers number one Wes Foderingham. Hale holds the UEFA Goalkeeping A-Licence, the top licence in Europe, and took his first training session with The Saddlers’ goalkeepers on Tuesday morning. He was also was part of the Swindon side that made the League One play-off final in 2015, and visited Wembley again as Forest Green beat Tranmere in the National League promotion final last season as they were promoted to the EFL.

“I’m really pleased to join Walsall,” said Hale. “It was all finalised over the last few days and I was in training on Tuesday with Robbo (Liam Roberts) and Gilly (Mark Gillespie), who are both great guys. Now it’s all about getting ready for a massive game on Saturday at home to Blackburn! Everyone is talking about Liam at the moment - he’s 23 and in the team having come through the ranks from 14 - while Gilly has got 180 league games under his belt at just 25 and he’s still developing. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with two talented keepers at that young age.”

Saddlers manager Jon Whitney is delighted to have Hale onboard at the club. “Steve is experienced and when I’ve spoken to him, that comes across and he can handle himself in the first-team environment,” Whitney said. “He’s a different voice, which is no bad thing for the goalkeepers. I want Steve to keep the keepers enthused, make the session really dynamic. He’s good on his statistics and he’ll be a help from set pieces as well. He’s going to add a lot to the run-in and I’d like to welcome him to Walsall Football Club.”

Article source Ash Wilkinson www.saddlers.co.uk/


 Telescopic Sports Filming Masts - 26 January

For club's who may be considering filming games or training, and have the spare cash to invest, CaptureMast is offering a special deal on equipment.

CaptureMast specialise in Telescopic Sports Filming Masts and we as a company we sell our 26ft Telescopic Sports Filming masts to football clubs and academies throughout the UK. The masts are a great benefit in helping monitor/analyse players performances on the pitch whether it be for their academy, league games, trial showcases, development squad or analysis department.

Normally the masts are £2000 however we would like to offer to your clubs within your league £250 discount and also free delivery worth £100.

The club will receive the full kit, which includes everything they need in order to film their footage:
One Sony HD camera
One 26ft Telescopic Sports Mast
One motorhead
One remote handle
One 7inch monitor
Batterys’ packs/wires/chargers to operate the mast.

For more details access https://capturemast.co.uk/


stonehouse football club badgeSecond Time Lucky For Stonehouse Town? - 21 January

Gloucester County League side Stonehouse Town have applied for promotion to the Uhlsport Hellenic League First Division, for the second season in succession.

Fellow County League sides Thornbury Town and Lebeq United have also applied, which could see the Hellenic League receive a boost to its numbers.

With changes set to be made to the Non League System this summer, including a new Step 4 League and proposed new Step 6 leagues in Essex and Lancashire, it is going to be a busy if not stressful time for committee men across England who will be responsible for compiling the new leagues ahead of the 2018-19 season.


Fire Risk Assessments - 3 July

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy on 14 June, the SGSA have received a growing number of requests to provide some specific guidance for sports grounds. 

The SGSA has developed guidance for those sports grounds that are reviewing their fire risk assessments with specific reference to external cladding. We have issued to grounds and local authorities today. 

Download information. 

Caroline Hale
Head of Communications
Sports Grounds Safety Authority

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