As part of our aim to grow and develop the HFA Sunday League, we recently ran a survey to gain feedback and ideas from those involved in Sunday Football. In total over 140 people from across Herefordshire responded to the survey to give us their opinions and suggestions for Sunday football.
- Overwhelmingly 11:00 kick offs remain preferable to those involved in Sunday League football. However the suggestion for flexible kick off times was also universally supported with almost 75% of respondents in favour.
- The cost of participation (namely hiring facilities and paying officials) was highlighted as a key barrier to participation in Sunday football. Other key barriers were bad conduct/lack of respect and the quality of facilities.
- Central Locations were appealing to some players/teams but those from outside of Hereford were less enthusiastic. There is the potential to offer centrally booked pitches to teams without their own facility if desired whilst leaving those who wish to arrange their own pitch/facility.
- Whilst those playing found the league competitive and social, the lack of teams was highlighted as a weakness of the league. Increasing team numbers is going to be crucial to the long term success of the league. With a number of new teams already interested in entering the league next season, this is an area we hope to address
For a more detailed look at the results please download the Sunday League Survey Overview below.
Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey, the feedback provided will be used to help plan the future of the Sunday League. We will soon be inviting team managers, both past and present, as well as a number of key stakeholders to a focus group to discuss what can be done next season. Our aim is to make the Sunday League an attractive proposition to team volunteers and players.
The Herefordshire FA County League has already had enquiries from new teams looking to enter the Sunday League next season. If you are considering entering a team into the 2018/19 HFA Sunday League and would like more information on the league please get in touch.
Download Survey Overview