Sheffield Junior League to consider a proposed switch to summer football

Donna Jebson's muddy son after a recent football game
Donna Jebson's muddy son after a recent football game
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The Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League is to consider proposals from clubs as it decides whether or not to move the season to the summer.

The invitation to clubs, for players, coaches and parents to have their say and encourage a solution, came after Danny Hall’s column in last Thursday’s Sheffield Telegraph (pictured right).

Since, numerous coaches and club officials have added their support to the idea, and a S&DJSL statement confirmed: “The League is looking into summer football as an option.

“Discussions are very early, and at this stage, we need to know clubs’ thoughts on moving to the summer.

“The League takes a solution focussed approach so we ask for solutions.

“Club secretaries need to submit the thoughts from their club by Sunday February 8, to the League Secretary.

“The League committee will look at the comments submitted and draft some proposals which will be presented at a full league meeting in March - with a date to be confirmed.”

Parent Clare Letherland said: “I only wish this would happen! With both my boys playing, it can be a long cold day and the enjoyment soon wears thin on my part!

“Then in March we playing catch up, weekends and midweek to get them played.”

Fellow mum Donna Jebson posted a snap of her son caked in mud on The Star’s Facebook page, and added: “I agree with spring/summer or summer/autumn.

“My daughter’s team have had many matches cancelled and my son’s team have been playing Futsal, but the first match of season was played in sludgy mud.”

And dad Brian Parkin, whose daughter plays football at U11 level, revealed: “I raised this with the junior girls league two seasons ago and it was quickly shot down, as it imposes on the cricket season.

“But try asking a U11 girl to play her heart out when she can’t stop her hands shaking with cold!

“Then at recent meetings we have County FA people come and ask why the number of girls playing is dropping.

“I propose: let’s do what the women’s professionals have done and move to a summer sport.”

n Read Danny Hall’s latest column, on the cult football hero, on Page 44.