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Norfolk FA confirm club affiliation will be free of charge in 2020/21

The Norfolk County Football Association has confirmed club affiliation for the 2020/21 season will be free of charge for all clubs under its umbrella.

Ordinarily, early bird club affiliation is priced at £45, while standard cost £65 and late payments were charged at £100.

However, with clubs facing a tough time financially due to the coronavirus pandemic, the county’s governing body has stepped in.

Diss Town FC. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Diss Town FC. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

It has also been decided that entry into cup competitions will be frozen at £30.

Michael Banham, chairman of Norfolk FA, said: “I am delighted that we are able to support our clubs during these challenging times by offering free affiliation and discounted personal accident insurance for the 2020/21 season and my sincere thanks go to the FA, Sport England and Sportsguard for their invaluable financial support that has made this possible.

“I am confident that this news will be warmly welcomed by our clubs and I thank all of our volunteer workforce for the hard work and dedication that they are continuing to give to grassroots football during the current crisis.

“My thanks go to Matt Carpenter and Ian Grange for the continued hard work that they are undertaking to support our clubs and leagues and also thanks must go to Gavin Lemmon and the board of directors for approving this package that will provide some vital support to our clubs.”

Meanwhile, football services manager Matt Carpenter added: “It is really pleasing to be able to provide some much needed financial support to all of our clubs during these incredibly challenging times.

“With many clubs finding themselves in an uncertain position I hope that this offer will make a real difference to them as they plan for the new season. Like everybody involved in the local game, we look forward to the day when it is safe for the sport we all love to resume and in the meantime we hope that everybody continues to stay well.”

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