Council agree to cash back for Sunday League clubs

Waiters Arms boss  Adam Fenton  asks: "Where's the posts?" at Goldfields, Greetland
Waiters Arms boss Adam Fenton asks: "Where's the posts?" at Goldfields, Greetland

Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League secretary Mike Sharman has welcomed Calderdale Council’s offer of a £30 reimbursement for teams affected by last Sunday’s debacle when goal posts were not put up at three venues ahead of the season kick-off.

The three sites were identified as Goldfields at Greetland, White Lee Rec, Mytholmroyd and Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Other problems on the opening day of the league campaign saw the wrong key issued for the changing facilities at Carr Green Rec, no pitch markings at Northowram and no hot water in the changing rooms on Savile Park.

A press release from Calderdale Council reveals that they had been made aware of the problems over the weekend and that the issues were now resolved.

It goes on to state: “There is a pre-season checklist in place to ensure that pitches are ready for the new season, and this process is being reviewed to improve this process in future. As a gesture of goodwill, the teams affected will be reimbursed £30.”

Sharman said that although he had not been sent a copy of the press release, he generally welcomed the offer.

“In reality, when so many basic errors were made by the council, this is the least they can do,” said Sharman.

“However, the devil is in the detail here. CMBC talk about “affected teams”. Let’s be very clear that this should include all home and away sides that were using or planned to use council facilities on Sunday, August 25. This covers issues with water, locks and goalposts. This should not be seen as an issue only for those teams who had no goalposts.

“Teams were severely inconvenienced and their HQs may well have lost out on revenue from players after the game as they did not travel back to the original HQ for post match drink/food.”