At a meeting earlier this week, it was revealed that the FA had set new rules for the size of non league clubs’ changing rooms to be increased, if they fail to do so, then they could face relegation.
Step 3 and Step 4 clubs in the National League System were shocked after receiving letters saying that their home and away changing rooms needs to be at least 18 square metres with the match official’s rooms to be 6 square metres.
The FA said notice of the change was given in 2014, but now the governing body have become aware that certain clubs do not meet with the requirements and if they don’t change them, then they will be ineligible for promotion and will be demoted.
Commentator, Journalist and Presenter Ollie Bayliss published the letter that the FA had posted to clubs…
This is astonishing!😲
At a meeting last night the FA set new rules for how big non-league changing rooms must be.
Step 3/4 teams that don’t comply this season will be relegated!
Clubs must submit approved planning permission for the work needed by March or face relegation. pic.twitter.com/5IMESfd3mo
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) October 30, 2018
Since the letter was published on social media, plenty of clubs have expressed their frustrations.
Southern League Premier Division club Frome Town said: “Five months to get architect, planning permission, funding, and probably try and complete it during the playing season – incredible decision.”
it’s an incredible decision, could be critical for so many clubs yet others get away with inadequate facilities year after year
— Frome Town FC (@frometownfc) October 30, 2018
As mentioned elsewhere, the financial strain on clubs to produce these upgrade in facilities leaves question marks over the Football Association’s care for grassroots.
We’ve already seen what one club made of the recent news from the FA, check out how others non league teams are feeling plus the angry reaction from fans – check those tweets out on the next page.
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