Youth Benefit From POCA Fund

Shrivenham & Watchfield are set to benefit from a share of the North Wilts Youth Football League fund which has been awarded following a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) payment of £38000.

The award was made by the Law Courts as a result of fraudulent activities against the League several years ago and following an extensive and thoughtful process, the League Committee have agreed that the money will be returned to member clubs in the form of a credit voucher to be spent with online retailed Discount Football Kits.

In an official announcement today {Monday March 11, 2019], the league have informed each club that they will be entitled to a £90 donation for every team they currently operate in the League meaning that Shrivenham are set to benefit from £360.

Each of our four junior sides will therefore receive a share which will be ring-fenced to purchase   any training or match day equipment, including footballs and goalposts by means of a league issued voucher.

Along with the award, the league have also revealed that approximately £2000 will be spent from the fund in order to replace the 26 League title shields and the remaining £400 will be used to purchase new match balls which will be used in the competitions cup final games which are set to be held at Swindon Town Football Club on the weekend of May 18-19, 2019.

Speaking in the press release, NWYL Chairman Darren Howell stated:  “Agreeing the best way to invest this money has been a very long and difficult process, with discussions starting on many occasions but ultimately being interrupted by conflicting priorities in addition to Committee time availability.

“The most important consideration for the League was ensuring that any investments made, directly benefited the players.

“We believe that the plan we have agreed, totally supports that aim by ensuring clubs make investments on equipment which supporting participation in the game.”

All member clubs were made aware of their awards today and are now in receipt of their award and have three months in which to make their purchases.

Concluding, Mr Howell said:  “On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank Discount Football Kits for their partnership.

“I would also like to thank those clubs who have written to the League, supporting the proposed spend plans.

“Finally, thank you to my colleagues on the NWYFL Committee for investing the time to ensure closure of this subject.”

With our next Managers Meeting set for Tuesday March 19 [2019], each manager will need to decided how best to use their allocation from the fund as they look ahead to their respective 2019-20 campaigns.

You can read more on this story on the official NWYL website HERE.