Update 3rd October 2022
Bob Brimacombe - League President
It is with much sadness that we report of the passing of our League President, Bob Brimacombe
Bob took his referee’s ‘badge’ in 1966/67, like many who had followed the success of England winning the World Cup in 1966. He started his career as a match official with the Mid Essex League, officiating there for 21 years. In 1971 he also took up the challenge of Match Official Secretary. He held this position until 1982, overseeing many match officials’ graduations to higher national league status. In 1983, Bob became Honorary Secretary, until 1985 when he changed role to Treasurer, a post he would hold for four years. He was an integral member of this Saturday football league and was voted to hold the position of its Chairman in 1989, a post he was to hold for 15 years. Bob was given the honour of being League President in 2004, serving as an integral member for more than 51 years.
In 1993, Bob was also a founder member of the Essex Veterans’ League, seeing the necessity to provide football to those who were getting past their prime, yet were still very competitive. He took on the role of Chairman until 2018 and then he took on the role of President. Between 2004 and 2011 he was also League Secretary.
Bob gave a tremendous amount of time, dedication and service to grassroots football and received the FA 50 Year Award in 2018.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.
Update - 9th September 2022
We’re backing Play Safe
The Mid Essex Football League is lending its full support to Play Safe – an ongoing national campaign led by The FA to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.
Although it runs throughout the year, Play Safe really comes to the fore over football’s National Safeguarding Weekend, held this year on Saturday/Sunday 1st and 2nd October.
The main focus this year is on parents and carers, with two key messages to convey:
· Awareness of the vital safeguarding role parents/carers play
in football; and
· Encouragement to take the short, new and free online
safeguarding course that’s been created specifically for
parents/carers. You can access the course here.
Importantly, encouragement to take the new course has come from FASSSAG – The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group:
“We have inputted into the course and helped frame its key messages from our collective experiences. It’s vitally important to us that every parent/carer understands they role they need to play in football. Taking this course can make a real difference – we are asking every parent/carer to commit to help ensure football is ever-safer.”
The support of FASSSAG has been welcomed by FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham, himself a parent and youth football coach. “The FASSSAG has been important in helping us create our new strategy moving forwards and we really appreciate their input into the new course. I have taken the new course and encourage all parents/carers across football to take it too.
“Ultimately, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to ensure that everyone involved in football – particularly children and young people – has a consistently safe and positive experience of our great game. Play Safe reminds everyone of that responsibility and keeps safeguarding front of mind, which is exactly where it should be.”
Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.
Update - 27th August 2022
FOOTBALL DESERVES BETTER, ENOUGH is ENOUGH
It’s time to stamp out unacceptable behaviour in grassroots football.
Football has a unique power to deliver amazing benefits to individuals and communities. Not only does it keep us physically and mentally healthy, but it also builds long lasting friendships, teaches leadership and resilience and inspires the nation.
However, for all the good that football can bring, sadly last season, at all levels of the game, there were too many examples of unacceptable behaviours that had the opposite impact. At the grassroots level, these included swearing, aggressive shouting and persistent arguing among spectators, players and officials. It is only a small minority of people that act in this way, but these individuals can spoil the game for everyone, causing children and young people to not want to play, referees and volunteers to drop out and spectators to stop supporting their team.
As The Football Association we are not going to stand by and allow this to happen.
We will take action against those that spoil the game for others.
For this coming season we will:
• Promote our RESPECT message to encourage the right behaviours.
• Consider harsher sanctions for those behaving inappropriately.
• If necessary, we will continue to look at how we strengthen penalties and suspension periods so that we can effectively tackle behaviours that have no place in the game.
• Trial different initiatives to help encourage the right behaviours, including piloting two silent side-lines weekends.
As a League, we recognise the key role you have in delivering a positive football environment for all. We have pulled together the attached one pager which sets out what action you can take against those who are not exhibiting the right behaviours.
Please play your part and let's make this season a brilliant one for all.
Update - 14th August 2022
Playing Surface Safety
Whilst our season does not formally kick off until the 3rd September, we are aware that many Teams are playing friendlies.
The League are aware with the ongoing heat wave and lack of rain several grounds are suffering from cracks on pitches. Player safety is also top priority.
Whilst the situation could change as we move towards the start of our season, if your playing surface has large open cracks / ruts and unsafe please advise the league of your position as soon as possible.
If you are in any doubt please contact the league officers, we will try and arrange early pitch inspection.
Update - 1st August 2022
Slight issue with the Website in the last few weeks but now resolved
We are busily preparing for the 2022-2023 Season, and fixtures are currently being drafted with September's fixtures to be published this week
Can I remind all Clubs that we had a change of Fixture Secretary at the end of last season
We open the season on Saturday 27th August 2022 with The Fred Brooks Trophy fixture Old Chelmsfordians F.C. v Southend Rangers F.C. to be played at White Notley F.C. 2pm kick off