Merton Little league football relaunches after seeing off closure fears

Wimbledon Guardian: Council leader Stephen Alambritis, who happens to be a qualified football referee, showed his support for the little league by officiating football trials at Colliers Wood recreation ground. Council leader Stephen Alambritis, who happens to be a qualified football referee, showed his support for the little league by officiating football trials at Colliers Wood recreation ground.

Despite nearly being shown the red card by the council last year, Merton’s five football little leagues will continue as normal next season, it was confirmed.

Colliers Wood Little League was relaunched last weekend after Merton Council withdrew its plans earlier this year to start charging volunteers £5,000 a year to use the parks.

Council leader Stephen Alambritis, who happens to be a qualified football referee, showed his support for the little league by officiating football trials at Colliers Wood recreation ground.

Coun Alambritis said: “I was delighted to don my referee’s kit and officiate at Colliers Wood recreation ground. 

“Everyone is aware of my support for Merton’s little leagues. 

"Both parents and footballers are a credit to the spirit of the sport.

"The day was a resounding success and the voluntary effort was great to see. We finished the main match on penalties.”

When it was under threat, Colliers Wood Little League was said to be the most vulnerable of Merton’s five little leagues with the most popular in Wimbledon and Morden and more vulnerable in Mitcham and Raynes Park.

The organisers are hoping to recruit more players before the new season starts on September 15.

Interested parents can call Keith Spears, chairman of Colliers Wood Residents' Association, on 07982 721496.


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4:34pm Mon 16 Jul 12

andyacton says...

The problem we Little Leagues are experiencing, particularly the smaller ones such as us in Mitcham, is a lack of local business support through sponsorship. The big businesses in the area are just not interested in helping us out with even a small donation. The likes of Superdrug, Boots, Peacocks, and all the banks have all previously refused to offer any support. Smyths (When they were there) and Asda Beddington Lane are the only 2 big businesses based locally that have offered any sponsorship. I really think that when you have a community group such as this that the large high street businesses should focus their sponsorship funding more locally to benefit the towns where they are based. Instead they tend to pick huge national charities to donate to where there donations are swallowed up with administration and not going directly to the people that benefit.
The problem we Little Leagues are experiencing, particularly the smaller ones such as us in Mitcham, is a lack of local business support through sponsorship. The big businesses in the area are just not interested in helping us out with even a small donation. The likes of Superdrug, Boots, Peacocks, and all the banks have all previously refused to offer any support. Smyths (When they were there) and Asda Beddington Lane are the only 2 big businesses based locally that have offered any sponsorship. I really think that when you have a community group such as this that the large high street businesses should focus their sponsorship funding more locally to benefit the towns where they are based. Instead they tend to pick huge national charities to donate to where there donations are swallowed up with administration and not going directly to the people that benefit. andyacton

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