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'Alternative season' is back up for discussion

Since the sub zero temperatures virtually brought all sport to a standstill countrywide, Torro United manager Joe Price is exploring the possibility of allowing clubs wishing to change their playing season be facilitated.

Joe has been receiving a sizeable amount of interest in recent times, with the campaign gathering momentum as some clubs given the matter some serious thought.

Clarification on where players, and teams alike would stand appears to form the basis of confusion that currently exists.

As a result Joe has called for a meeting of all interested clubs for Wednesday January 20 in the MDL grounds starting at 8pm. The Meeting is open for all clubs to send along representation, even if it just entails a curious observation at this stage.

Clubs reminded about PL Insurance requirement

It is a condition of affiliation to the FAI that all Clubs must have adequate Public Liability insurance cover.

At the start of the season copies of proof of cover was required by the MDL, along with the standard Club affiliation form.

The expiry dates varied, and in some cases the date has now passed. In such instances the clubs in question should produce evidence of renewal.

Referee's mileage rate reduced by FAI edict

The FAI announcement from the 1st January of a reduction in the mileage rate to 50c is a welcome one for hard pressed Clubs as it eases the weekly allowance that would normally be required to budget for Referee's fees and expenses.

The reduction does not affect the urban allowance that is currently in place. The normal fee for a junior Match is €24 (€6 extra for a match in Premier division).

The urban allowance for all matches within a round trip of thirty six miles is €18. For travel more than a round trip of the urban allowance scale the fee of 50c per mile kicks in, on top of the basic fee only i.e. a referee traveling a round trip of seventy miles would be entitled to the fee of €24 plus travel of €35

Primary Schools finals

The MDL will once again be hosting the Meath Primary Schools finals in an event stretching into a two week period week starting on March 1st right through to March 10th

The Meath finals attracts the largest entry in the entire country and is a tribute to the hard work put in year after year by the organizing Committee in particular Paul Holland who is a Teacher in Gael Scoil Na Rithe in Dunshaughlin,

In the past two years since his welcomed appointment Paul has being greatly assisted by the FAI/Meath County Council development Officer Mark Scanlon whose regular visits to Schools particularly in previously untapped areas has help immensely in the greater numbers now playing the game in the county both at Club and Schools level.

FAI Club of the Month: the FAI Club of the Month award is back up and running and following the success of Meath Club Dunboyne AFC last year in scooping the overall 'Club of the Year' award it would be great to see more Meath clubs on the winners list this year! The form is available online. It can be found under the "Domestic & Grassroots" section: http://www.fai.ie/onlineforms/ It takes less than 15 minutes to complete the winning club receives €1,500 and a prestigious presentation at a Dublin venue.


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