Grassroots football on the up? New teams line up to join local league

THE East Sussex Football League (ESFL) will start the new season in September with 11 new teams, most of them based in Hastings.

ESFL Chairman Gary Wenham is thrilled and says there is still time if more clubs are interested.

Esfl_logoThe news of the additional teams joining the ESFL follows a publicity campaign back in April on this website.

Gary said: “We are incredibly proud of how we run the East Sussex League, and we are here to provide football for local people. We organise this to the best of our ability with a dedicated committee who work incredibly hard.

“Past years have seen the number of clubs playing in so many leagues across the country drop, that’s why we are particularly pleased with the level of interest for the new season.”

The new teams are Old Hastonians, SC Pass and Move, Westfield reserves, Hastings United Youth, Old Town Lions, Little Common thirds, AFC Hollington res, Hastings Comets, West Hill United res, Welcroft Park Rangers res and Wadhurst Unites res.

Gary said: “We have a thorough interview process for all new teams wishing to enter to ensure everything is in order.

“There is still time, and only just, if anyone reading this wants to inquire about entry for the new season starting in September.”

Teams interested just have to drop an email to: kevbray@btinternet.com.”

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