Following a positive meeting with interested local businesses, the brand new Cumberland FA Work Social League is a step closer to becoming reality!
With potentially 9 teams in the West (Copeland and Allerdale) and 11 teams signed up for the East (Carlisle and Eden), this League will provide local companies with opportunities for staff to develop their teamwork outside the workplace, building team spirit and supporting mental health.
Ray Sempill, Football Development Officer for Cumberland FA commented “We’re delighted with the number of local businesses who have got on board with this new initiative in the County and there are still opportunities for more to get involved and sign up before the league begins later this month.”
At the meeting, a number of proposals were presented with those present deciding on the way forward to support the needs of their businesses and make the league sustainable and workable:
Match Frequency: One fixture per month (ideally the same week – I.e. first Wednesday of the month)
Potential Start Date: Week Commencing 30 March 2020
Matchdays: All Midweek, ideally on the same day every time
Divisions: 2 Divisions (West & East) with potential for a one-off cross county cup
Match Duration: 50 Minutes to 1 Hour
Number a-side: 7v7 default with an option for 9v9 if numbers and facility space allow and both sides mutually agree beforehand
Venues: 3G Central Venues
Entry Costs: £200 upfront fee that covers all league costs – Proposed by the teams present at the meeting
Rules/Laws of the Game: To follow agreed regulations for Flexible Football
Reward for Winners: Trophy for the Winners with the potential of a donation to charity of the winners choice.
With special dispensation received from The FA, the teams can be mixed including both male and female players from the workforce.
To support each new team, one match ball and a set of bibs will be provided.
Venues – Match Days – Kick Off Times for the East and West Leagues:
Location: Harraby 3G, Edgehill Rd, Carlisle CA1 3SL
Matchdays: Thursdays (Potentially a Wednesday also, depending on entries)
Kick Off: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Whitehaven Amateurs 3G, Coach Rd, Whitehaven CA28 9DB
Kick Off: 7pm – 8pm
There is an opportunity for organisations to sponsor the Work Social League. Sponsor would get their organisation name in the league title, as well as social media and local media exposure.
If anyone is interested in becoming the league sponsor, then please get in touch with Ray Sempill.
Work Social League - East Division
Direct Rail Service
C.F Casa Del Parque
University of Cumbria
Atkinson Building Contractors Ltd
South Lakes Housing
Work Social League - West Division
ISA / Morgan Sindall
MPS All Stars
St Joseph’s Catholic High School
Extra Teams – There is still chance to enter!
For those local businesses who were unsure whether to enter, there is still chance. If you were unsure whether you could commit and now that you’ve seen the proposal you feel able to enter a team please contact Ray.Sempill@CumberlandFA.com or call him on 07807 665543 no later than Sunday 15 March 2020.
For any queries on the Work Social League please contact Football Development Officer Ray Sempill on 01900 511800, 07807665543 or email Ray.Sempill@CumberlandFA.com