Affiliation Update: A Message from Darryl Haden, CEO of Kent FA
Firstly, I hope you and your families are safe and well.
It has been over two months since the suspension of grassroots football. I am sure that you are missing it as much as we are, and I wanted to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to ensure that the grassroots game in Kent returns stronger than ever.
We hope you were pleased with the recent government update that groups of six can now train together. We understand the complex and unique challenges which different clubs will face, and we would like to thank those volunteers who are quickly and cleverly adapting to bring football back to their communities.
During this period, Kent FA and its partners have been working together to ensure that we can provide support to clubs in the county who will have inevitably been affected by COVID-19.
Therefore, Kent FA has decided to waive the following fees for 2020/21 season:
- Club affiliation (including team levy charges)
- Public liability insurance for all clubs
- County cup entries for all teams
The Kent FA Foundation & Kent FA will be donating first aid kits to every team in Kent, which has been kindly supported by our Kit and Equipment partner Discount Football Kits.
UK Global will reduce the cost of Personal Accident Cover by 16.6%, with changes to the scales of cover available. The prices for Adult Scale 1 will be reduced from £69 to £57.50; Adult Scale 2 will be reduced from £86 to £72 and the price for Youth Football will be reduced from £20 to £15, regardless of age.
Several of Kent’s leagues are in the fortunate position to be able to financially support their member clubs for the 2020/21 season and you can read more about their pledges below.
We hope that some of these contributions will alleviate any financial concerns or worries your club may have experienced over the last few months.
Finally, we would like to let you know that the Kent FA affiliation process will open on Friday 31st July 2020, but this may be subject to change in line with the evolving situation. UK Global have confirmed that all clubs who have purchased Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Cover through Kent FA will be covered beyond the 1st July 2020, providing they affiliate with Kent FA by Friday 28th August 2020 and adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities.
I’d like to take the opportunity to remind you that the team at Kent FA are here to help you through these unprecedented circumstances and to ensure your club is in the best position to return to football when the time comes. If you are facing any additional challenges in which you need our support, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com.
Darryl Haden, Chief Executive Officer
Kent FA is pleased to announce that a number of leagues in Kent have pledged to support grassroots clubs in the return to football.
While we are grateful that many are able to offer financial assistance to their member clubs, we ask that you respect those leagues who are not in the position to do so.
This list will be regularly updated:
The league has waived all entry fees for the coming season for all existing member clubs. They also secured a 33% refund from pitch fees which will be returned to the clubs or held for future fees (as agreed with individual clubs).
The league will not charge a registration fee to all existing member clubs and will offer individual financial support to any club in need.
The league has reduced its fees to £20 per team, instead of £90, which sees a saving of over £500 for some clubs. They are also offering free entry to U7 and U8 teams.