Parents and youngsters alike are delighted after an agreement was reached with the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) over the future of a local schools football team.
The ESFA have now agreed that the secondary schools in Knowsley and St. Helens can temporarily continue as a merged team, which means they are able to compete in local competitions for the remainder of this football season.
The future of the merged teams (at under 13, under 14 and under 15 level) was previously in doubt, but the English Schools Football Association have now reconsidered and permitted the teams to continue playing. It’s a decision which has been welcomed by everyone involved.
Young players can now continue with the sport they love
Chairman Bob Downing, said: “I am delighted that the ESFA has reconsidered the particular circumstances of our proposed merger and we have all been willing to work together to resolve any issues.
“What has been most important for us all along has been to ensure that our youngsters can continue to play a sport they love at the highest level they can.
“This outcome is great news and we are delighted to be able to include boys from all schools in both boroughs in our teams for this season.”
Knowsley St Helens (as the new District will be called) can now continue to compete locally until the end of the season and the ESFA have agreed to review the position in line with the new rules and regulations approved by its AGM in November, ahead of the new season beginning in September 2019.
A fantastic outcome
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “This is a fantastic outcome for the players and I’m delighted that we were able to work so positively with the ESFA to get them to reconsider their original decision.
“These young people just want to play the sport they love, and this really sensible decision allows them to continue to do just that.”