The current season may only just be past the halfway stage, but planning for 2023 has already started
And moves to firm up those plans will be made this week at a meeting of the League’s officers and Future Ideas Sub Group.
Member clubs were told at the July executive committee meeting that the officers want to see a return to 12-a-side fixtures on Friday night ASAP, even if it is via a stepped approach with 11-a-side matches in 2023 then returning to 12s in 2024.
And they are eager to give club officials and their members all winter to prepare for a plan of action they hope to confirm at the October executive gathering.
“There are lots of implications for the League and its clubs if we don’t grow back from 10-a-side – and loss of revenue, especially with so few putting on after match food, must be a big concern,” said general secretary Malcolm Fletcher.
Meanwhile, the League’s biggest day of the competition year is fast approaching as Maddocks prepare to host the League’s Senior Merit finals on Saturday 30th July, starting at 11am.
The comp, being played as a one-dayer this year, is now sponsored by Shropshire Vertidrain & Turf Ltd, who have added £100 to the prize fund and £25 for the highest break on the day.