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Thanks also go to D Howard and A Weston for their work in producing the Business Plan.


Section 3 Committee Reports

M Timberlake (Lancashire CSFA) expressed disappointment with the U15 Girls selection process last season. Although the Lancashire County team had enjoyed a very successful season, they did not manage to have a girl selected for the U15 squad. Both J Appleby (Council Member Midlands) and D Woollaston (Council Member S East) assured him that all of the girls nominated had been carefully observed and considered for selection.


S Abson (Leicestershire & Rutland CSFA) once again expressed disappointment at the lack of input from Danone at County and Regional Finals. They do not attend or supply certificates, banners, labelling etc for any final events. M Spinks (Chairman) said these concerns would be discussed with them at their next meeting but reminded the AGM that in their defence, Danone would be sending the winning U11 team to the World Cup competition. M Coyne (Chairman of Trustees and Council Member S West) confirmed that Charlotte Broos, Danone CSR Manager, had attended the S West and the S East regional events.


N Pont (Life Member and Northumberland CSFA) asked if the ESFA was involved in a Futsal Development Plan or not. A Weston (Football Development Manager) confirmed that grants were being offered to kick-start a competition which would dovetail in with FA events.


K Davies (Merseyside CSFA) said he was pleased to read the special mention for Alan Bowen, Stadium Manager at Everton FC for agreeing to host the Boys U14 Inter County and U13 Inter Association Trophies on 12 May. Alan is very good to work with and Everton’s support for this schools event was excellent. The overall feedback from the finals was very complimentary towards the ESFA Competitions Department.


Allan Reed (Durham CSFA) pointed out the unfair situation which arose in the U16 Girls Inter County Competition where two of the Northern Counties only played one game each to reach the Final. M Spinks (Chairman) agreed this could happen again and would refer the matter back to the Competitions Committee.


Neil Pont (Life Member and Northumberland CSFA) asked if the 2015-19 Development Plan included restructuring (as did the 2012-15 plan) and would it be possible for Membership to see it. A Weston (Football Development Manager) said the Plan would be available to Membership once it has been agreed by the FA.


M Timberlake (Lancashire CSFA) asked if there was any guidance available regarding the use of twitter, following some problems experienced with racist remarks. D Alcock (National Competitions Manager) confirmed there was an ESFA Policy Document on the website.


Section 4 Liaison

M Spinks (Chairman) reported that although he had been elected as the FA Representative for the ESFA he had been unable to join the National Game Board half way through the season. He had observed the Referendum for Schoolchildren but could not vote on it.


A Johnston (Vice Chairman) thanked P Clayton (FA Representative) for being invited to join the Partnership Meeting.


M Spinks (Chairman) also wished to thank M Duffield and S DaCosta, the ESFA Child Welfare Officers, for chasing up the DBS checks for membership affiliations.


A Riddiford (Life Member) said he was astounded by the decision of the FA in not allowing people to join a committee part-way through a season. P Clayton (FA Representative) explained that the FA needed to consider on which committee(s) a new member would be best placed; however, the FA Development Committee had agreed to invite M Spinks to observe their meetings. P Clayton wished to assure th

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