Message from the Chairman

Hello  All ,

Welcome to Morden Little Leagues 50th season , providing free football to local children of all abilities at King George’s Playing Fields in Tudor Drive . I would like to thank all the volunteers past and present for their time and commitment. This includes, but not limited to, the committee members, referees, managers, café helpers, fund raisers and the St John Ambulance Service. Without this help it would not have been possible to get the league to where we are today. Starting with 6 teams nearly 50 years ago to more than 650 children playing with us every Saturday .

Special thanks to Merton Council for all their generous support over the past 49 seasons. However, all good things must come to an end and sadly this will be our last season of providing free football. Despite the vast sums of money paid in wages and TV deals in the Premiership, and the promise to invest in football at grass roots level, MLL receive no financial help whatsoever. Next season we will have to start paying for all our pitches and for the use of the pavilion to a company called Idverdi. They have been awarded the contract to run the parks and open spaces in Merton. We will be negotiating with them the costs for next season, but hope to pass on just a minimum fee to players. This will of course also depend on how much is raised through sponsorship and the fund raising, social events we run throughout the season. We would like to encourage you all to attend if you can and it will help keep any costs we have to pass on to a minimum. As a registered charity; it is our aim to keep fees to a minimum so that we can keep moving forward  for all players, and not just a select few picked on ability, like so many clubs do .

Please note that every attempt is made to pick and keep all the teams balanced and fair. If all players selected turned up every week, this would help maintain the balance. However, with players coming and going all the time, this can sometimes be a challenge. Remember also that this is not the Premiership or Sunday football, but fun football, run completely by volunteers, for children of all abilities aged 6 to 14 in the local community.  Every child is guaranteed a minimum of half a game each week.

Finally, special thanks go to all the volunteer host families who helped look after the 42 Dutch children who visited us in May from our friends at the Groen Wit Football Club in Apeldoorn.

Best regards

Nigel Blackwell (Chairman)