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Over the last few months an Executive Steering Group has been formed to review and recommend the future structure for the Women's game in both Cheshire and Manchester.
The Executive Steering Group which includes the following:
• Terry Harrop, MBE, JP - Vice Chairman, Cheshire FA
• Jack Green, - Chairman of the Board, Manchester FA
• Maureen Dunford, - Chief Executive, Cheshire FA
• Colin Bridgford, - Chief Executive, Manchester FA
• Alan Darby, - Chairman, Cheshire & Manchester Women's League
• Jane Morley, - Secretary, Cheshire & Manchester Women's League
• Lesley Wright, - Registrations Secretary, Cheshire & Manchester Women's League
• Steve O'Connell, - Treasurer, Cheshire & Manchester Women's League
The Executive Steering Group discussed in great detail and agreed the vision for Women's Football in both Cheshire and Manchester. The Executive Group yesterday came to an agreement in principle (subject to further discussion) to the following:
• Two new County FA Leagues, independent of each other, commencing season 2011-12
• Intra-Transitional Cup Competition
• Consultation evening with ALL Community Clubs in Cheshire and Manchester (not just the teams currently participating)
• Consultation evening to provisionally take place on Friday 12th November 2010, Venue to be confirmed.
There were a number of reasons for the agreement. Some of which have been noted below:
• Geographical - Travelling commitments
• New Opportunities to facilitate Growth and Transition from the Girls Leagues
• Greater commitment and involvement from Charter Standard Community Clubs
• Succession Planning, building a local volunteer base to support the potential in both Cheshire and Manchester.
• To strategically deliver the FA National Game Strategy linked clearly to the Business Plans of the respective County FA's.
The Executive Steering Group will meet following the consultation to agree the outline of the new leagues, agree the Management Committee Member Roles and agree the roll out of recruitment for the new members. The proposals, albeit in their infancy, are approved in principle and subject to further discussions there will be a further announcement towards the end of November.
Commenting for Manchester FA, Chief Executive, Colin Bridgford said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to look at the vision for the future and engage community clubs to be a solid base for the women's game in years to come. The initial challenges during the transitional period, i.e the first few years will be no doubt be difficult, but equally in years to come will be most rewarding. I am delighted that all parties agreed unanimously to move forward and create independent of each other a County Women's League."
Maureen Dunford, Cheshire FA Chief Executive, commented: "There is a lot of good will around the Executive Group to see this vision succeed. Cheshire FA are delighted to be working together with Manchester FA and the officials of the Cheshire and Manchester Women's League to acknowledge the need to make a change and move forward."
On behalf of the Cheshire & Manchester League, secretary Jane Morley said: "We are fully aware that changes are needed to move forward with women's football at this level and it is great to see, that at grassroots level, women's football is being taken seriously by the FA and by working with the Cheshire and Manchester FAs, we are sure that the long term future of Women's football at this level will be secure."
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