Launching in February 2021
YEL Community – a new initiative by your league to help support YOU, our YEL member clubs and teams
Reinvesting in our members
The league continues to grow year on year allowing us to deliver competitive football to every team that plays in the YEL. Players are challenged at similar ability levels creating good close games which encourages player development and provides many with a rewarding experience.
In order for the league to function successfully and continue to deliver high standards of professionalism week in week out, it has become essential to apply the league rules strictly to ensure everyone is following the same operating procedures.
We appreciate clubs and teams are run by volunteers of varying skill levels. We will always try and help anyone who struggles with the administration – just ask; we’re here to help. Rules do however need to be followed to allow the smooth running of the league. Fines will be levied as an ‘encouragement’ to get everyone doing things correctly.
SUPPORT FOR OUR FOOTBALL COMMUNITY
“We do not want to fine teams/clubs as this takes money out of grassroots football however, we will always apply the rules that the members set and agree to at the AGM each year.“
The income from fines has been discussed by the YEL Board and we are delighted to announce that we will be making an investment back into the YEL community.
We have decided that up to £10,000 each year (a lesser amount if less than £10,000 income is received in fines) will be ring fenced for this purpose. It has further been agreed that this fines income will be split on a 50/50 basis between two initiatives – YEL Community Fund and YEL Development Fund.
YEL Community Fund
This fund will be open to YEL member clubs for grants from £25 up to a maximum of £250. The fund will be administered by the YEL Community Fund panel. This group comprises volunteers selected from parents, referees and club officials who will decide on the suitability/award of grants
Examples of potential grant applications, but not limited to, that clubs may wish to consider – donations to ground improvement projects; donations to replace kit/equipment as a result of uninsured theft; vandalism of uninsured buildings; Donations to charitable causes involving players/coaches within a YEL member club/team.
There will be four allocation periods each season where funds for grants totalling £1250 will be made available for distribution in each of the periods giving an annual total of £5000. Any unallocated funds at the end of each period will be rolled through into the next period and be available for distribution. Any unused funds at the end of the year will roll over into the following year’s pot and will be available for distribution in the first allocation period.
The allocation periods will have the following deadlines:
VISIT YEL SCORELINE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
A limit of £250 will be set for any application.
‘YOUR YEL HELPING
YOUR CLUB AND
IN DIFFICULT TIMES‘
YEL Development Fund
This fund will be used by the league for a variety of purposes which will have wide ranging direct and indirect benefits to YEL member clubs.
Examples of uses, but not limited to, will include the support referees in terms of recruitment and development; Recruitment/training of club match officials; Recruitment/payment for the services of Respect Field Officers; Running of/payment for courses on diversity, mental health and wellbeing, discrimination, racism, anti-bullying for YEL Staff and member clubs.
It is hoped that this new initiative will have long term direct and indirect benefits for our member clubs and teams within the league and is part ofof our ongoing commitment to deliver the best youth football in the country.
‘I AM VERY PROUD OF YEL COMMUNITY – A LEAGUE INITIATIVE TO HELP SUPPORT OUR MEMBER CLUBS’
Our member clubs are the backbone of grassroots football in the East Midlands. They provide football on a weekly basis to many thousands of youngsters. We applaud this ongoing commitment from the army of dedicated volunteers and are delighted to offer our support through the work of YEL Community.