Central & South Norfolk League will kick off with 16 new teams


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The annual meeting of the Barnes Print Central & South Norfolk League was held at the Central Hall, Wymondham.

The meeting elected eight newcomers, giving the league 45 competing teams for this season.

They are AFC Weeting, Bacton, Beetley, Hockering, Hockering Reserves, Mundford Exiles, SB Dereham and Yaxham Reserves.

They are joined by eight teams from the Norwich & District Saturday League as part of the recent merger between the two leagues. The league are pleased to welcome Dussindale Rovers, Hethersett Athletic OB, Home Care United, Norman Wanderers, Norwich Medics, Taverham, UEA A and Wensum Albion.

The league will be made of of three divisions with the third division being further split into two regional divisions of east and west.

Colkirk were named as the winners of the Sporting Award Shield, having achieved an excellent clean sheet in terms of discipline.

Dereham Taverners were named as the club of the year and received the Ricky Brown Memorial Shield for their excellent season in which they won the Norfolk Primary Cup for the third successive season, the Division Two championship and two other cup competitions. Sue Barnes, secretary of Cockers, received the Nigel Riches Memorial Shield as secretary of the year.

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The Club Support scheme will continue into next season on the basis of the loyalty module which means that all teams will receive 100pc subsidy on their entrance fees for the league cups. In addition, the new teams will not have to pay a league affiliation or entrance fee this season.

There was one change to the officers for next season with Hector Chambers standing down as league president after 60 years service. He will be succeeded by Michael Banham, the chairman of the Norwich & District Saturday League and also Norfolk FA chairman. The new team will be: president - Michael Banham, chairman - Gary Briggs, deputy chairman - Malcolm Stebbings, secretary/treasurer - John Turner, deputy secretary - Mick Utting. Management Committee: Simon Bell, Steven Boddy, Ed Colman, Doug Morse, David Sewell, Phil Williamson. Two current members of the management committee, Aaron Bowers-Shorten and Andy Clarke, will be joining the committee.