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tough talking at opening meet

THE OPENING WDSL monthly meeting at Shamrock Park in Rathnew last Thursday was a fiery affair.

Wicklow Rovers submitted a detailed three-page document on the subject of WDSL Rules and Procedures with regards to teams playing a year above their natural age group.

For the 2009/10 season, some clubs played side's between Under-11 to Under-16 up one year with the view of getting 'better competition'.

Those teams still played in SFAI National Cup competitions in their own natural age groups.

However, other clubs have claimed that towards the end of the campaign, teams then dropped down to help their club win League, Cup or Shield titles in their natural age group.

With that in mind, Wicklow Rovers have claimed that the situation makes a mockery of WDSL, SFAI and FAI intentions of Fair Play and competition.

Meanwhile, Greystones United's request for the WDSL trials for their representative teams scheduled for Saturday/Sunday August 28 and 29 to be cancelled was turned down.

They submitted a letter to the WDSL Executive and asked for the trials to be deferred for seven weeks until after the transfer dead-line on Friday October 15.

The reasoning behind the letter was that some players are still on holidays and the majority are not back in school until this week.

However, three of the current six WDSL County managers are also club managers.

And while Greystones understand the issues for the WDSL Executive to appoint County managers, they find it a totally unacceptable practice.

Also, United maintain that the potential is still there that players could be approached to leave their clubs before the transfer dead-line after the trials.

Ironically, the trials were scheduled to take place at Greystones home venue of the Woodlands.

The reason not to cancel the trials by the WDSL Executive was that if they deferred them until the middle of October, it would not allow the teams management or players sufficient time to prepare for

Inter-League competitions.

However, clubs have now been invited to submit proposal ideas or concerns on the matters to WDSL Chairman Paul McManus on Paulmacmans1@eircom.net , 11-a-side Fixtures Secretary Richie Mooney on richardmooney3@gmail.com or WDSL Director of Football Declan Bollard on annebollard@eircom.net

Meanwhile, WDSL Director of Football Declan Bollard has launched three new coaching initiatives for the 2010/11 season.

The first begins tonight (Monday August 30) when he begins the 'Club Visit' programme by attending Wicklow Rovers.

The intention is to put on sessions, with the recommendation of clubs, for the benefit of coaches.

The second scheme is a new WDSL U9/U10 School of Excellence. Clubs will be asked to send up to three players, alternating on a weekly basis, to a venue which will also be moved around the county each week.

Coaches from teams in those age groups will also be invited along. And will also be encouraged to take part in the sessions.

The third project is the setting up of the 'Saturday Morning Academy Visit'.

It is envisaged that Bollard will attend various clubs U5 to U8 raining for those age groups on a weekly basis around the county to try and help the grassroots levels of coaching.

Elsewhere, it was also announced that County squads training sessions for the six WDSL Representative teams for the 2010/11 season will take

place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, preferably after 4.00.

And that the training for those players will be more focused upon the FAI Emerging Talent Programme.

Information on all these projects will be listed on the WDSL website - ww.wdsl.league.ie

*Clubs who have any questions on either matter are asked to contact Declan Bollard on 085-1081470 or email