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Defibs 25/1/2015

Following today’s meeting re the Defibs can I remind you all of the following. 1. All clubs are to complete the online training modules (at least one person per club), and to inform me when it is complete. 2. Also to complete online the registration process for the defib to cover warranty etc. 3. Please publicise the fact you now have one and where it will be placed, using twitter / Facebook / or written press. If you can forward me any articles you get in any local media that would be good. Please mention in any publicity that it is a venture between the F.A. / BHF / League and clubs themselves and that the defib is available for anyone to utilise. We as a league will also endeavour to publicise throughout the region.

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Ground Funding Criteria Changes 25/1/2015

FSIF FUNDING CRITERIA CHANGES Goalposts Goalposts are now ineligible for all levels of the FA NLS. Car and Coach Parking / Access Roads That car and coach parking/access roads is now ineligible at all levels of the FA NLS, unless they are specifically for; a) Works that are required to improve access to the ground for disabled spectators. b) Works required to satisfy statutory requirements imposed by Local Planning Authority or Highways Authority e.g. to increase a size of car park to prevent congestion on local roads. c) Works required to resolve a specific safety issue. Restricting Clubs that are eligible to apply – Below Step 7 Clubs playing below Step 7 of the FA NLS are now not eligible to apply to the FSIF. Clubs playing at Step 7 or above remain eligible. Restricting repeat applicants That the period between a Club receiving a maximum grant from the FSIF and being able to re-apply has increased from three years to five years. Aligning Men’s and Women’s Football Following the introduction of the Women’s Super League Division 2, there has been a subsequent re-structuring of the FA Women’s National League System below this level. Therefore, the current FSIF criteria regarding the Women’s game is out of date. Helpfully, the Ground Grading Criteria that has been determined for each level of the Women’s NLS does generally parallel with the criteria for the FA NLS. Accordingly, it is suggested that the same maximum grant award and maximum grant percentage could be adopted for the purposes of the FSIF funding criteria. That the maximum grant amounts and maximum grant percentages are aligned for men’s and women’s football as indicated within the table. Doping control rooms and television broadcast requirements are not eligible. This can be summarised as per the following table: Men’s Level Women’s Level Maximum Grant Amount Maximum Grant Percentage Step 1 - Grade A (Conference National) N/A £400,000 50% Step 2 - Grade B (Conference North and South) N/A £250,000 50% Step 3 - Grade C (Northern, Southern and Isthmian Premier) Step S1 - Grade A (Women’s Super League Division One) £150,000 50% Step 4 - Grade D (Northern, Southern and Isthmian Division One) Step S2 - Grade B (Women’s Super League Division Two) £150,000 50% Step 5 - Grades E & F (Regional Leagues, Premier Division) Step W1 - Grade A (Northern and Southern Women’s Premier League) £100,000 50% Step 6 - Grade G (Regional Leagues, Division One) Step W2 - Grade B (Regional Combination Leagues) £100,000 70% Step 7 - Minimum Guidelines (County Leagues) Step W3 - Grade C (Regional Leagues, Premier Division) £20,000* 70% *Increases to £50,000 for applications for works to changing pavilions Currently, where a Women’s club shares a ground with a Men's club, the highest Ground Grading Criteria (and maximum grant amount and percentage) would prevail. However, Women’s Clubs are also eligible for grants of up to £20,000 in any three-year period for work relating to Women's football, such as changing the shower layout, providing women’s toilets and so on.

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Corrospodents Between Clubs 25/1/2015

All Following a recent Management Committee meeting I have been instructed to inform / remind you of the following. Any correspondence between clubs must be conducted thru the respective club secretaries, this is particularly important if clubs are submitting seven days’ notice of approach to a player. Any breach of this rule is to be registered with the County F.A. and will be dealt with by them. Please be aware 7-days’ notice, means no discussion with the player until the 8th day after the date of approach.

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Ground Grading level 7 25/1/2015

GROUND GRADING REQUIREMENTS Step 7 Minimum Ground Grading Guidelines 1. GROUND 1.1 Security of Tenure Where a club does not own the freehold of their ground then evidence of adequate security of tenure must be provided. 1.2 Ground Share Ground sharing would be at the discretion of each league within the National League System, taking into account local circumstances. Where ground sharing is permitted the club must have sole control over and use of facilities on match days. Ground sharing must not be allowed in order for a club to gain promotion. 1.3 Capacity There is no stated ground capacity. 1.4 Boundary of Ground There is no requirement for a ground to be enclosed in any way. 1.5 Clubhouse A clubhouse facility, whilst being desirable, is not compulsory. If a clubhouse facility exits either on or adjacent to the ground, this should be open on match days to provide refreshments to spectators. 1.6 Car Parking There should be adequate car parking facilities on or adjacent to the ground. 1.7 Pitch Perimeter Barrier As a minimum, there must be post and rope surrounding the pitch on all those sides that may be occupied by spectators. The barrier, if other than solid wall type of construction may be infilled. Advertising boards may be acceptable as a means of infill. Ideally, there should be a minimum of 1.83 metres, ideally 2 metres between the touchline, goal line and the pitch perimeter barrier. 1.8 Pitch Standards The playing surface will be grass, unless otherwise authorised by the respective League Rules and must be of an acceptable standard. It must be free from surface depressions and excessive undulations. The maximum slope allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1 : 41 in any direction. 1.9 Playing Area The playing area is to be in accordance with the requirements of the Laws of the Game. Law 1 states that the length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line. Length - Minimum 90 m (100 yds) Maximum 120 m (130 yds) Width - Minimum 45 m (50 yds) Maximum 90 m (100 yds) It should be noted that at Grade H the playing area must be a minimum of 100 metres x 64 metres. Goal posts and goal net supports should be of professional manufacture and conform to the current safety requirements and to the requirements of the Laws of the Game. Reference should be made to the Goalpost Safety Information booklet published by The Football Association. 1.10 Technical Area Portable trainers’ boxes are permitted and must be securely fixed when in use. It is desirable for a Technical Area to be marked out in accordance with the guidance contained in the ‘Laws of the Game’ booklet. 1.11 Secure Walkway A secure walkway is not a requirement. 1.12 Floodlighting Floodlighting is not compulsory at this Grade. However, where it is provided it must be to an average lux reading of 120. No single reading can be less than one quarter of the highest reading so as to ensure an even spread of light. Reading shall be on a grid of 88 markings (8 across, 11 down) evenly spaced with the outside readings falling on the pitch boundary line. The average of all the readings is taken to be the average illumination level in lux of the floodlighting installation. The lux values must be tested every two years in accordance with current guidelines by an approved independent contractor. When new or improved installations are being planned, an average lux. reading of 180 should be provided. 1.13 Public Address System A public address system is not compulsory. 1.14 Entrances There is no requirement for fixed entry points. However, where a turnstile is installed, it must be fully operational and of the controlled revolving type. 1.15 Exits Where fixed exit points are provided, there must be sufficient to ensure the safe evacuation of the ground if necessary. All exits must be clearly signposted. 1.16 Emergency Access Access for emergency services should be provided. 2. SPECTATOR FACILITIES 2.1 Seated Accommodation Seated accommodation is not a requirement. 2.2 Covered Standing Accommodation Covered accommodation is not compulsory. Hard standing is not compulsory. However, where it is provided it must be a minimum width of 0.9 metre, measured from the spectator side of the pitch perimeter barrier where provided. . 2.3 Toilets Provision should be made for adequate toilet facilities. 2.4 Refreshment Facilities Refreshment facilities for spectators are not compulsory. 3. DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES All dressing rooms must be secure and suitable for purpose. 3.1 Players Separate dressing rooms must be provided for both teams. Existing dressing room dimensions will be in order, provided that they are of a minimum of 12 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. However, clubs wishing to progress should be aware of the need to increase to a minimum of 18 square metres. Where clubs are planning to build new changing rooms, these must be planned to be a minimum size of 18 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. Each dressing room should have the following: A shower area comprising of at least 3 working showerheads for each team – if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it. Adequate toilet facilities exclusively for the use of players - if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it and must not be accessible to the general public. Hot and cold running water Shared shower facilities are not acceptable. Ideally separate toilet facilities should be provided for each team. It is not acceptable for players and match officials to share toilet facilities. In order to be considered for promotion to Step 6, clubs must have en suite shower and toilet facilities with a minimum of 4 showerheads. 3.2 Match Officials Separate dressing rooms must be provided for match officials, the minimum size of which shall be 4 square metres excluding shower and toilet areas. Each match official’s dressing room should have the following: At least 1 working showerhead. Adequate toilet facilities, exclusively for the use of match officials, which must be separate from those provided for the players. These do not necessarily need to be situated in the dressing room but must not be accessible to the general public. Hot and cold running water Provision should be made for changing accommodation for both male and female match officials. When new changing rooms are being planned or existing changing rooms refurbished an area of 6 square metres and facilities for mixed gender match officials should be provided. In order to comply with the G Grade after promotion to Step 6, clubs must provide en suite shower and toilet facilities for the match officials. All dressing room areas to be maintained to a high level of cleanliness and secure on match days. 4. MEDICAL There must be a suitable qualified person (minimum F.A. Save a Life) in attendance. All clubs must provide first aid equipment at their ground.

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F A Transgender Policy Sept 2014

Summary Trans People in Football The FA has undergone a review of its policy on transgender players in line with its Committment to promote Football for Everyone. It is the FA’s firm view that gender Identity should not be a barrier to participation in football, which is governed by The FA. The FA is intent on making football a lifelong experience, and ensuring the inclusion And safety of participants. Under 16’s All U16’s may play in a mixed team, or an U16 girls’ or boys’ team, regardless of there nautal sex. 16 and over According to The FA rules, players who are 16 and over must not play in mixed teams Of men and women. However, transgender players may apply to the FA for approval To play in there affirmed gender. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case Basis, based on the following two criteria: 1 The safety of the applicant and other players; and 2 Fair competitions. The FA will, in most cases, approve a player’s application to play in their affirmed Gender if they can show that: • Hormonal therapy appropriate for the assigned sex has been Administered in a verifiable manner and for a sufficient length of Time, or • The individual has had a gonadectomy So that any gender-related advantage in sport competitions is minimized. In all cases, a confidential case-by-case review will be undertaken and repeated Annually by The Head of Medical Services with specialist support where necessary. The FA policy on transgender players can be found at http://www.thefa.com/footballrules- Governance/equality/lgbt-football. All queries should be directed to The FA’s Equality Manager by emailing equality@thefa.com FA Equality Team September 2014 © The Football Association Limited 2014. All r

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Ground Grading Inspection Sheet

Name / Address of Ground - CLUBHOUSE Is there a clubhouse open to spectators on match days? If NO, please state distance from ground exit PITCH PERIMETER BARRIER Please describe the type of barrier Is there a pitch perimeter barrier on all four sides? Is there at least 1.83 metres between the barrier and the goal/touchlines PITCH Length - Minimum 90 m (100 yds) Maximum 120 m (130 yds) Width - Minimum 45 m (50 yds) Maximum 90 m (100 yds) Dimensions - Length Metres Width Metres Is the pitch natural grass? If there a significant slope, please indicate the gradient? TECHNICAL AREA Is a Technical Area marked out on match days? Are the trainers’ boxes:- (a) FIXED / PORTABLE? (b) equidistant from the halfway line on the same side of the pitch? How many adults can be accommodated in each on fixed seating? FLOODLIGHTING Is there a floodlighting system at the ground? If YES, please give details:- Average lux reading …….….… Maximum lux reading ….….…… Minimum lux reading SPECTATOR FACILITIES If seated accommodation is provided, please state the number of seats Is there covered standing accommodation? YES / NO If hard standing is provided, please state the number of sides of the pitch where this is located TOILETS Please state number of:- Urinals WCs for men WCs for women Wash hand basins for men & for women Are warm air hand driers and/or paper towels provided? Are these toilets located in the clubhouse or separately in the ground? DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES Min 12sqm - 18sqm for next level How far is the entry point to the pitch from the door to the dressing rooms? Home Team Size of changing area (excluding washing/toilet area) Number of showerheads (Minimum 3) Number of WCs Number of urinals Number of wash hand basins Are the showers located in the home dressing room or adjacent to it? Are toilets located in the home dressing room? If not, are there toilets exclusively for the use of players and not accessible to the general public? Is there a treatment table dedicated to the exclusive use of each team? Away Team Size of changing area (excluding washing/toilet area) Number of showerheads (Minimum 3) Number of WCs Number of urinals Number of wash hand basins Are the showers located in the away dressing room or adjacent to it? Are toilets located in the away dressing room? If not, are there toilets exclusively for the use of players and not accessible to the general public? Is there a treatment table dedicated to the exclusive use of each team? Match Officials minimum of 4m2 Size of changing area (excluding washing/toilet area) Number of showerheads (Minimum 1) Is there an en suite WC? Is there a wash hand basin? Is there a bell or buzzer linked to both team dressing rooms? Are toilets located in the match officials dressing room? If not, are there toilets exclusively for the use of players and not accessible to the general public? Additional Accommodation for Match Officials What changing/washing provisions are made available to mixed sex referee teams? Are you satisfied that the ground meets the Step 7 Minimum Grading Guidelines? If the ground does not currently meet the minimum criteria, please indicate the deficiencies: Signed Kevin Harrison - League Secretary

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League Special AGM 25/1/2015

League Secretary Kevin Harrison 32, Killinghall Grove Hartburn Stockton on Tees TS18 5PT. 01642 653362 (Home) 07402 766833 (Mobile) kev449@ntlworld.com http://www.wearside-football-league.org.uk/ I hereby give notice that the Management Committee has called a Special General Meeting on Sunday 25th January 2015 at Primrose Community Centre Jarrow Commencing at 1.00pm. There will be a buffet available from 1230pm. Agenda 1. Incorporation of the Wearside League 2. Wearside League Development Division – Ground Grading Defibrillators Following the Special meeting the following clubs will receive their Defibrillators. There will be documentation to be signed for and explanation as to what must be done by each club It would be useful if your Ist aider / Pyhsio was in attendance/ Annfield Plain Ashbrooke Belford House Boldon CA Cleator Moor Spennymoor Town Reserves Gateshead Leam Rangers Harton & Westoe Horden CW Jarrow Prudhoe Town Redcar Athletic Seaton Carew Silksworth CW Stockton Town West End Whitehaven Wolviston Joint

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Wearside League Development League proposal 25/1/2015

Wearside League Development Division Entry Requirements. ENTRY TO DIVISION. The Management Committee will interview all clubs to decided suitability and subject to a ground inspection. DIVISION NUMBERS. A maximum number of teams would be 16 but an ideal working number of 14 would be suitable. CLUB REQUIREMENTS. Clubs must show that they are able to support league membership financially. Each Club will pay a bond of £200.00p in their first season but after completion of that season this money will be returned to the club. GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES. The ground must be with a radius of 40 miles from the Sunderland Civic Centre. CHARTER STANDARD All clubs must have Charter Standard or must be obtain within 3 months of the AGM of entry to the division. PROMOTION & RELEGATION. Promotion into the Wearside league main division will be on a 1 up and down from the division winners or second place in the development division. Subject to the team obtaining the Wearside League minimum standard by 31st March. Vacancies in Main Division. If a vacancy occurs in the Wearside League filling of said vacancy will be covered in the following method. No club shall be relegated (unless they do not meet the minimum standard) Team with the minimum standards in orders of the merit table. Should no club from the development division having the minimum standard a application from outside the league would be considered. HOSPITALITY/REFRESHMENTS Optional both for Half Time / After Match. GROUND GROUND SHARE Ground sharing would be at the discretion of each league. Ground sharing must not be allowed in order for a club to gain promotion. BOUNDARY OF GROUND There is no requirement for a ground to be enclosed in any way. PITCH PERIMETER BARRIER As a minimum, there must be post and rope surrounding the pitch on all those sides that may be occupied by spectators. The barrier, if other than solid wall type of construction may be infilled. Advertising boards may be acceptable as a means of infill. Ideally, there should be a minimum of 1.83 metres, ideally 2 metres between the touchline, goal line and the pitch perimeter barrier. PITCH STANDARDS The playing surface will be grass, unless otherwise authorised by the respective League Rules and must be of an acceptable standard. It must be free from surface depressions and excessive undulations. The maximum slope allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1 : 41 in any direction. PLAYING AREA The playing area is to be in accordance with the requirements of the Laws of the Game. Law 1 states that the length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line. Length - Minimum 90 m (100 yds) Maximum 120 m (130 yds) Width - Minimum 45 m (50 yds) Maximum 90 m (100 yds) The minimum requirement for this division would be 90m by 60m. Reference should be made to the Goalpost Safety Information booklet published by The Football Association. TECHNICAL AREA Trainer boxes are Recommended. Portable trainers’ boxes are permitted and must be securely fixed when in use. It is desirable for a Technical Area to be marked out in accordance with the guidance contained in the ‘Laws of the Game’ booklet. EMERGENCY ACCESS Access for emergency services should be provided. SPECTATOR FACILITIES Hard standing is not compulsory. However, where it is provided it must be a minimum width of 0.9 metre, measured from the spectator side of the pitch perimeter barrier where provided. . TOILETS Provision should be made for adequate toilet facilities but not compulsory DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES All dressing rooms must be secure and suitable for purpose. PLAYERS Separate dressing rooms must be provided for both teams. Existing dressing room dimensions will be in order, provided that they are of a minimum of 12 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. However, clubs wishing to progress should be aware of the need to increase to a minimum of 18 square metres. Where clubs are planning to build new changing rooms, these must be planned to be a minimum size of 18 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. Each dressing room should have the following: A shower area comprising of at least 2 working showerheads for each team – if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it. Adequate toilet facilities if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it and must not be accessible to the general public. Hot and cold running water Shared shower facilities are not acceptable. In order to be considered for promotion to Step 7, clubs must have en suite shower and toilet facilities with a minimum of 3 showerheads and for Step 6 4 showerheads. MATCH OFFICIALS Separate dressing rooms must be provided for match officials, the minimum size of which shall be 4 square metres excluding shower and toilet areas. Each match official’s dressing room should have the following: At least 1 working showerhead. Adequate toilet facilities, exclusively for the use of match officials, which must be separate from those provided for the players. These do not necessarily need to be situated in the dressing room but must not be accessible to the general public. Hot and cold running water Provision should be made for changing accommodation for both male and female match officials. All dressing room areas to be maintained to a high level of cleanliness and secure on match days. MEDICAL There must be a suitable qualified person (minimum F.A. Emergency First Aid) in attendance. All clubs must provide first aid equipment at their ground. MATCH OFFICIALS. A referee and two assistants will be provided on each game subject to availability and will be paid in accordance with Durham County FA recommendations.

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Club Rules and Constitution

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Codes of Conduct

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Codes Of Conduct - Adult Players

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Codes of Conduct - Youth Players

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Codes of Conduct - Coaches

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Codes of Conduct - Parents

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FA Charter Standard

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