Prize money for Island clubs if Jersey FA merger gets green light
ISLAND clubs look set to benefit from the greatest prize pot in league history as part of a ground-breaking move by the Jersey FA.
Delegates from all 16 teams are set to meet at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel on 26 February to discuss proposed changes to the structure of local football, which would effectively end the existence of the Jersey Football Combination as it is known today.
It has been suggested that the league should move under the Jersey Football Association umbrella to aid administration and potentially boost financial support for Island clubs. A new sponsor has already been lined up, providing prize money for clubs for the first time in almost a decade.
The league – currently governed as a separate entity with its own officials – would remain intact, but could appear with a new name for the 2019/20 season.
‘This is possibly the most important vote in local football’s history,’ said JFC president Charlie Browne, who would become chairman of a new JFA competitions committee as part of the shake-up.
‘The players and the managers won’t see any change at all. It will be exactly the same on the field ... it’s the governance and administration behind it that will change.
‘It will affect the clubs, but hopefully only because we’ll be able to give them more support financially. Most clubs are struggling and we’ll be able to try and get more grants and more resources. And I’m confident that the new league structure will make it attractive for potential sponsors.
‘It will be open for discussion and we’ll talk about the information that everyone has received. Clubs have been invited to send two delegates and they’re entitled to one vote only [per club].
‘After that, 30 minutes later, there will be a JFA extraordinary general meeting, which is a really good example of how football administration is working here at the moment – there are different meetings to discuss the same topic.
‘There is so much duplication going on with governance and for us as a league it makes sense to join up. It’s all part of modernising.’
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