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Southern League & FA Trophy Update – 4 Dec 20

Last night the Southern League released the below statement with regards to league fixtures.

The Clubs in membership of the Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian Leagues (the Trident Leagues) met earlier this week to consider the challenges and issues brought about by the reintroduction of Tiers after the raising of the nationwide lockdown with effect from yesterday.
The clubs were asked to vote on a proposition that the pause in fixtures be continued with a regular review in light of changes to the Tiers and/or grants becoming available. The first review to be no later than 16th December. The total votes cast by the 224 Clubs show a substantial number of Clubs in agreement with the proposition.  The matter has been considered today and is subject to comment by The FA.
A further statement will be issued in due course.
Once we receive more details we will issue them on our website and via social media. However, we can confirm that tomorrow’s league game at home to Nuneaton Borough has been postponed.
Our FA Trophy game at Grantham Town this coming Tuesday (8 Dec) is planned to go ahead as scheduled. Sadly, however, as Grantham has placed in tier 3 the game will be played behind closed doors. Grantham have advised that their videographer thinks it will be possible to stream the game through a Facebook live. They will do a test at the ground first and once they’re happy that it’s going to work they will post all the details and we will relay them via this website and our social media platforms.

1st Team Fixtures for December

With the current lockdown set to be lifted on 2 December we can advise of the following 1st team fixtures arranged for December.

Sat 5th December v Nuneaton Borough – League – Home 3.00pm kick off
Tue 8th December v Grantham Town – FA Trophy 1st Rd – Away 7.45pm kick off
Sat 12th December v Rushall Olympic – League – Home – 3.00pm kick off
Tue 15th December v Royston Town – League – Away 7.30pm kick off (or FA Trophy 2nd Rd)
Sat 19th December v Coalville Town – League – Away 3.00pm kick off (or FA Trophy 3rd Rd)
Sat 26th December v Needham Market – League – Home kick off time tbc
Once we find out the tier we have been placed in we will be able to advise on spectator protocols.

Jacob Ballinger – Cobblers youngster loan extended

The club are delighted to announce that we have extended the youth loan of Jacob Ballinger for a further 28 days.

Jacob made his debut for the club at the end of September away at Tamworth and has featured in the games against Redditch and Nuneaton.

Unfortunately due to the Covid lockdown games have been limited, however after some excellent performances it was a no brainer for the management team to look at extending the deal.

The talented left sided player will now be with the club up to and including our game on November 21st at home to Sporting Bromsgrove FC.

NHS & Club fundraiser

During a difficult time, we’re delighted to launch a fundraising campaign to support our NHS heroes & our local football club. 


Do you have a number of old coins leftover from a holiday abroad? To help support our NHS, and the club, we would like you to ask you to donate your old holiday coins to a great cause.

We have arranged a collection service that will allow us to collect any donations. To arrange a collection please contact us on 07930 196045 or email sitfcsecretary@aol.com

All donations will be split, with 75% of your donation going to our NHS heroes and the remaining 25% helping secure the future of your local football club, St Ives Town FC.

THE FA – STATEMENT 26TH MARCH – SEASON 2019/20

We have been working collaboratively with the National League System (NLS), the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game since the outbreak of COVID-19 on how to conclude the 2019-20 season in the most appropriate way possible.

These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.

National League System

The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

Where appropriate, the above decisions will be put to The FA Council for ratification.

Throughout this period we continue to seek guidance in respect of the government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the NLS, the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game.

Women’s football

The FA, FA Women’s Board members and the Women’s Football Conference have consulted and reached a consensus regarding the women’s football pyramid.

The FA and the leagues within tiers three to seven have reached a consensus to bring the season to an immediate end and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between tiers three to seven. Agreement has also been reached to end the Regional Talent Clubs season, which was due to conclude in April 2020.

Coronavirus update – 21 March

In line with the recent advice on the COVID-19 Virus we have been advised that all grassroots sports are to be suspended. Taking this advice and as a duty of care the club have a made the difficult decision to suspend all grassroots sport including TOTS until further notice.

Latest statement from the Southern League.

It has been agreed that the League is officially suspended until 3rd April 2020. However, it should be noted that an Alliance Committee Meeting by Conference Call will be taking place during the evening of Monday 23rd March regarding the aforementioned and the season going forward. A further statement will therefore be issued on Tuesday 24th March.

The League is aware of the issues faced by Clubs and is engaging with the FA on these matters. It is anticipated that the League will be able to provide further information and guidance during next week.

 

 

Coronavirus – Fixtures Update

Various meetings have taken place today with the Leagues and Counties that we are affiliated with and have been advised of the following –

All Southern League games have been postponed up to & including Saturday 21 March. A review of the situation will take place next Friday, 20th March and everyone will be notified of the decision as soon as possible regarding the continuation or otherwise of the competition from Monday 23rd March.

Games postponed – Sat 14/3 Banbury Utd (H), Sat 21/3 Hitchin Town (A)

All Hunts county cup fixtures are postponed with immediate effect for three weeks (April 3rd, 2020), Huntingdonshire FA will review this on a weekly basis and provide updates every Friday. Games that are due to take place within the next two weeks will be postponed and rearranged at a suitable time.

Games postponed – Tues 17/3 Eynesbury Rovers (A), Wed 1/4 St Ives Town U16 v Yaxley U16 (Hunts Cup Final)

The Cambs FA have advised that Cambridgeshire FA affiliated leagues have agreed to continue with fixtures which includes the Cambridgeshire County League and the Cambridgeshire Girls and Women’s League. However, it has been agreed that in these extraordinary circumstances matches can be postponed by teams that do not wish to play due to concerns about the coronavirus or where players are self-isolating.

The club have taken the decision to cancel all youth games (EJA) and training until further notice. We will review the situation weekly.

The Thurlow Nunn League have taken the advice from the FA and postponed all games until at least Saturday 4th April.

U18 Games postponed – Wed 25/3 St Neots U18 (H)

We will endeavour to post updates as and when we are informed.

 

TOTS update

Due to the winter weather approaching, TOTS will now be on a winter break and will return on Saturday 11th January.

Local derby for the Ives in the FA Trophy

The draw for the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy was announced this lunchtime and we have been given a home tie against local rivals Soham Town Rangers.

Soham currently ply their trade in the Isthmian League North Division and currently sit in 9th place on 9 points with 3 wins from 7 games.

The two clubs last met in a competitive fixture on 31 August 2013 in the FA Cup Preliminary Round with the Ives winning 3-1 at WWR.

Tie to be played on Saturday 26 October.

TOTS summer break

We hope you have enjoyed the TOTS sessions as much as we have enjoyed having you. Please note that as summer is upon us and many of you will be enjoying your summer holidays, we are taking a short break  but don’t worry we will be back refreshed on the 31st August at our stadium Westwood Road.

DON’T FORGET our summer camps which are being held at the football stadium are as follows:

Week one: 29th July to 31st July (3 days)

Week two: 5th August to 7th August (3 days).

Further information and booking forms can be found on this website.

Have a wonderful summer break and see you all soon!

New management team announced for the Ladies Development side

Following the announcement that Lisa Trigg was standing down as Ladies Development team manager at the end of last season, we are delighted to announce James Seymour (above left photo) as the new manager for 2019/20. James joins the club with lots of experience both as a player and a coach, and will play a huge part in the continued growth and success of St Ives Town Ladies. Also joining the Development team as assistant manager is Neil Martin (above right photo). Neil is returning to the club after a couple of seasons away, having originally been assistant to Darren Marjoram with the Ladies 1st team.

Following these appointments, Ladies 1st team manager Darren Marjoram had the following words

“We are delighted to have secured James as the new Development team manager. He is someone that I have tried to bring on board on previous occasions, so I’m very happy to have him joining us at this exciting time for female football. James has already overseen a few training sessions and shares our philosophy of developing players who are capable of playing in the first team. I look forward to working closely with James in the coming seasons. Neil re-joins the club after a couple of years away and he knows exactly how everything runs. Coupled with his excellent knowledge of female football in the area, Neil will be another big asset to the team. It was vital to have the right people on board, and with James and Neil in place we believe we have the strongest coaching team possible to continue the excellent work of Lisa Trigg over the precious two seasons”

St Ives Town FC announce Omegatour.co.uk as new Logistical Partner

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce omegatour.co.uk as its new logistical partner. After several months of discussions and negotiations it became apparent that Omega’s innovative approach and thought process offered a ground breaking solution to what has been a problematic area to the club for a number of years. Omega will now provide logistical support across the whole club via use of their coaches and mini buses.

Mark Taylor, St Ives Town’s Commercial Director commented ‘This deal is fantastic news for the club, not only are Omega providing a great all round service but the way it has been financially structured means that an area that has been a constant drain on resources in terms of time, effort and money has been dramatically improved’.

Paul Reason, Omega Tour’s Managing Director stated ‘I have had ideas and a vision for a local coach company for a number of years which has now become a reality. I am very pleased and excited to be able to offer advice/support and help to my local club together with the wider community. I wish the club all success for the new season and the future’.

Bank Holiday Weekend – Round Up

The First Team gathered a well earned point against Needham Market at WWR on Saturday as they had to play more than an hour of the game with 10 men due to Ollie Snaith being sent off. Click here for the match report.

The Ladies advanced to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup with a last gasp winner courtesy of Katie Stancombe in extra time over Corby Town at WWR on Sunday. Click here for the match report.

The First Team made the short journey to Royston Town on Bank Holiday Monday and came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Ben Seymour-Shove brace. Click here for the match report.