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Norfolk Christian League looks to new season

NCFL13U16a450The Norfolk Christian Football League’s AGM heard from a young Norwich City player and the club chaplain, alongside the chief executive of Norfolk FA. League chairman Mike Culwick also reports on a new league administrator and several new teams.

The NCFL AGM was held at Witard Road Baptist Church on June 16. Bert Cadmore, chaplain of Norwich City, opened the meeting with prayer and a short message on faith. Bert brought with him Harry Barber a member of the very successful Norwich City youth side.
Harry spoke of his work with the Kick with Hope charity which sends young footballers out to places like Africa to work alongside young football coaches teaching then football skills and coaching methods, also giving them the opportunity to share their Christian faith.
 
Shaun Turner, The chief executive of Norfolk FA attended and helped us when we needed his guidance. There were just two changes on the committee, with the majority willing to stand for another year. Tom Woods was voted in as U10s co-ordinator and Tim Stapleford as league welfare officer.
 
Mike Culwick, chairman, sincerely thanked the committee for all their help and support and it was good to have a consistent year-on-year committed set of people to fellowship with throughout the last few years.
 
Our link with YMCA Norfolk, which provided the administrator for the league, has now finished after three years. We felt the time was right to create a partnership with ENYP, a very successful Christian youth organisation to take on the role of league administration and the main contact will be Lucie Fox. Lucie and ENYP Director Danny Doran-Smith are very well known to the league chairman and vice chairman and we look forward to a very fruitful time of working together to share the message of the gospel through football.
 
We welcomed several new teams into the league which was very encouraging. In the U10 league Surlingham Tornadoes and Old Catton Junior joined us for the time. Parents want their children to continue to play Saturday football and the Christian league is the only youth league to provide Saturday youth competitive football.
 
We again want to encourage all churches in Norfolk to look at the possibility of either linking up with a football club in your community or running a church football team. Our league mission is to see churches linking with their communities through football, great opportunity for sharing God’s love in so many ways.

The adult and youth leagues are due to start early September - watch out for news on the website.

To contact the League Secretary please email ncflsecretary@enyp.org.uk