ERCFL Regional Award Winners

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The East Riding County League have not only won the FA Community Awards League of the Year within the East Riding but they have gone on to win the Regional award for the fantastic work they have done over so many years.

Having been first formed in 1906, the East Riding County Football League is one of the oldest leagues in the area. 

The County League operates 7 divisions and concluded the 2016/17 season with 73 teams.  The league has maintained an average of 75 teams over the past 6 seasons, a great achievement considering the national trend over the same period has seen a decline in the number of adult male 11 v 11 teams.

During that period the league has been constantly developing with the attainment of Charter Standard status in 2010/11 followed by the introduction of Full-Time for fixtures, texting results and collating referee marks in 2011/12.  In the season which followed, the league also began to use Full-Time for player registrations which also enabled team sheet submissions bringing the majority of administration online.  In 2013, the league developed its own unique fixture generation programme to assist with the complex task of coordinating fixtures for such a large number of teams, many of which share pitches either with teams from other leagues or with each other.  Since that time the league has also launched its own website and has a Twitter account which it mainly uses for league notices and cup final news feeds. 

Throughout all of the system developments, the league has supported its member clubs, in particular with the introduction of its pre-season meeting where club officials are given an overview of the league's systems and procedures including live demonstrations.  The league also produces a personalised laminated handout for each team with key league contacts details and useful information which club officials have commented is a handy guide especially for pre- and post-match procedures. 

Much of the league's success over the years is down to the dedicated and diverse committee which currently includes ex players, referees and club officials.  Collectively, the league's 19 strong committee have devoted over 400 years' service to the league.  The committee also has a wide age span meaning the league benefits from the IT knowledge of its younger members while also benefitting from the invaluable wealth of experience in local grassroots football of its more senior members.  That combination allows the league to develop whilst also preserving the traditional 11 v 11 format of men's football.

Earlier this year, the County League celebrated 110 years since its formation with a dinner attended by past and present clubs, together with guests from other local leagues and the County FA.  Winning the East Riding FA Community Award for 2017 is a fitting tribute to that remarkable milestone. 

On finding out that the County League had also gone on to win the regional award, the league's Development Officer, Melissa Rackham, said, "I am delighted that the league has been recognised, not just locally but regionally too, for all of the hard work of its volunteers, both on the committee and within its member clubs.  I'm extremely proud to be part of such an amazing group of volunteers."