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Long trips north looming in wake of league choices

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 22, 2013

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THE FA has released the provisional allocations for next season's Evo-Stik Northern Premier League divisions.

Leek Town have been joined by relegated clubs Bedworth and Eastwood Town, Goole AFC, who have transferred back after one season in the north, and ¨C most controversially ¨C promoted Scarborough Athletic.

The Seadogs currently ground-share at Bridlington Town, but they are still one of the most northerly teams playing at First Division level, in either the north or south division.

Goole AFC, meanwhile, have returned to the south, whilst Northwich Victoria ¨C set to be based at Flixton next season ¨C have been transferred to the north.

Clubs provisionally allocated to Division One South for the new season are: Bedworth United, Belper Town, Brigg Town, Carlton Town, Chasetown, Coalville Town, Eastwood Town, Goole AFC, Gresley, Halesowen Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Lincoln United, Loughborough Dynamo, Market Drayton Town, Mickleover Sports, Newcastle Town, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Romulus, Scarborough Athletic, Sheffield FC and Sutton Coldfield Town The allocations are still to be ratified by the NPL at its AGM, which takes place on Saturday, June 15.

* Leek CSOB are seeking a match day secretary for the 2013-14 season.

The person chosen will oversee match day operations and provide support for the club secretary.

Anyone interested should email Jamie Cullerton on cull3@hotmail.com.

* The North West Counties League has received notice of a new initiative to help non-league coaches improve their skills.

Former Sheffield United, QPR and Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has been recruited to spearhead the campaign.

Sponsor Budweiser will bring together five top football coaches and managers to visit five nonleague club coaches from steps 5-7 of the pyramid.

Warnock said: "No matter what level of the game you¡¯re competing in, everyone knows the day-to-day challenges that coaches are under.

Coaches at this level of the game are often under greater pressure, as they may have to balance fulltime work with their coaching commitments.

Warnock added: "I'm delighted to be backing this programme.

"It gives a fantastic opportunity for us coaches that have been fortunate enough to coach professionally, to pass on our experiences and give something back to non-league football."

To get involved in Budweiser Coach the Coaches, non-league clubs should visit the website www.Budweiser.co.uk/coach-the-coaches before Friday, May 31.

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