Firstly, I hope you are all well and staying safe. It is now two months since we were forced into lockdown and the 2019/20 football season came to an end. I, like you, am looking forward to the return of football when the government guidelines allow, although in the short term I am sure that this will look somewhat different to what we are used to.
In normal circumstances we would be preparing to open the club affiliation window for the 2020/21 season; however, given the continued uncertainty about when football will resume we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
I can reveal that when the time comes, significant discounts for all clubs in North Riding have been approved by the Board of Directors and we will provide details of these in due course. The Association will do as much as it possibly can to support clubs financially on their return to the game.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the government’s advice around permitted football activity at this current time and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
A further update on club affiliation will follow when there is hopefully more clarity about the 2020/21 season getting underway.
Steven Wade, Chief Executive of North Riding FA.