In it’s relatively short existence the CCFL has always looked to implement new ways of improving soccer in the Midlands, and on Thursday night last they announced some very innovative projects that should benefit the league and the standard of it’s football in the region.
There was widespread enthusiasm at the Press Launch held in Tullamore for the various announcements and if they prove successful they will help develop the league and it’s clubs both in the short term and in the years to come.
Perhaps the most important proposal certainly for the future development and improvement of the game in the league is the new CCFL Underage Development Strategy.
Approved by the FAI, it is foreseen under this scheme that there will be a marked improvement in the quality of the underage league structure, with an increased importance placed on player participation and technical development of the league’s future stars. Speaking with us after the launch, CCFL Secretary Chris Hand outlined the intended benefits of the strategy.
“Our hope is that this strategy will give our young players a platform to develop and improve within the region. At the moment some players are slipping through the net and the purpose of this new strategy is to give players a better chance to develop and improve all the time.”
He went on to suggest the possibility of creating an Elite Division in the underage leagues to make for a more competitive and balanced playing environment for the league’s younger players, as well as the need for an improvement in the area of underage coaching, something that will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the CCFL.
Another fresh and very well-received idea comes in the form of the CCFL Annual Photo Awards, with the inaugural award being planned for the end of the current season.
The opportunity for all local sports photographers to submit their favourite action shots from the year’s league action is certainly a novel one, and with the winning photo chosen by the clubs themselves, it promises to become a very innovative and successful idea and one that will add a new dimension to the role of the sports photographers in the region.
Perhaps the most talked about announcement immediately after Thursday’s launch was the CCFL Monster Club Fundraising Draw which will be rolled out straight away and promises to provide a new source of income to support the running of the participating clubs.
With the European Championships only a few months away, the top prize of an-expenses paid trip to Poland to see the boys in green in all three group games, along with 25 other excellent prizes ranging from foreign holidays to laptops and cash prizes, is sure to make the job of the ticket seller a much easier task.
A key element of the draw is the redistribution of every cent of profit back to the clubs that take part in the draw..