Lee Sobot: Will first Leeds Sunday Summer League prove a success?

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WITH a HANDFUL of weeks left until the end of the season, most thoughts now turn towards the summer holidays.

But several Leeds teams are readying themselves for a new campaign in just five week’s time when the inaugural and unprecedented Leeds Sunday Summer League will begin.

Chairman Mike Goodwin was hoping to receive the green light for the league through sanctioning at a recent Sanctions Committee meeting where the Leeds Sunday League hope to seek approval from County FA.

It is then hoped that the league will begin on Sunday, June 5, featuring two divisions of 10 teams who will play each other once, with one division playing at 11am and the other at 2pm. The 10th week would see the league’s play-off semi-finals take place with the top of one division playing second in the other. There would then be a play-off final at a private ground. Goodwin explained: “We have had support from County since day one and we also have agreement from the Council to provide pitches at a viable cost and we can take applications. The League will hire the pitches and we requested three in east Leeds and three in west Leeds to be allocated by the League as most appropriate for the clubs playing. The League will also provide match referees and also assistants for the play-off games.”

Clubs new to the Leeds Sunday Football League will have to pay a £25 joining fee but the entry fee for both the Summer League and the winter season are only £5 each. Goodwin added: “I have been approached by Horsforth Fairweather and Western Juniors are a definite along with at least two of Richard Moorby’s West Leeds clubs, and Chapeltown Fforde Grene have also approached me personally.”

Clubs interested should contact Summer League secretary Richard Moorby on 07985230249 or at westleedsfc@yahoo.co.uk

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