League in danger of disbanding if new teams can't be found
A long-standing West Norfolk football league has announced a number of incentives, including free entry costs and help with grants in a bid to save its future.
The Lynn and District Sunday League, which has been operating for more than 50 years, has launched a ‘Save Our Sunday’ campaign.
For almost half a century, friendships have been formed on football pitches across the area on Sunday mornings.
But that is in grave danger of becoming a distant memory unless new teams can be found in a hurry for next season.
The league, which was first formed in the 1960s, this week released a statement reflecting its plight, saying: “We, as a league, are now faced with a very critical situation.
“We currently have 11 teams and next season, if the league falls to below eight, then it is curtains for this near-60 years old league.
“We have tried many promotions to get teams to join but we are still finding player commitment and start-up costs the major factors stopping teams from starting and joining.
“Start-up costs can often hit £500. Whilst we cannot do anything to change player commitment, we are going all-in on reducing start-up costs to ‘Save Our Sundays’.
“The league will be committing a large sum of money to this promotion whilst at the same time appealing to any local businesses or persons who feel they can contribute too.
“We can confirm entry to the league next season will be FREE to all clubs, new and existing.
“We are also willing to commit up to £1,000 to a pot of money that clubs can apply for grants to, to cover start up and running costs.
“What we are after is donations towards this pot, from the local community, business or personal, and we will match all donations up to £1,000.
“We have already applied for a £500 grant from Norfolk FA’s PCVR Critical Support Fund, which if successful, will go straight into this pot of money.
“There are many ex-players and managers and secretaries out there who used to play in the league and we appeal to you all, help us ‘Save Our Sundays’ and if you can donate, please do.
“A £1,000 from the local community is our goal, but not our limit! It is a high, but realistic goal we feel.
“Once we have our pot of money, new teams can apply for grants to cover all their start-up costs.
“Existing clubs will also be able to apply for a grant.
“We really need the local community to come together to help us save the Sunday league, which without new teams, could be currently playing its last-ever season.”
For further details on entering a side in the Lynn and District Sunday League or contributing to the ‘Save Our Sundays’ fund, please contact league secretary Rob Bunting on firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter, @klsundayleague