Dorset FA Council

Council Members - Senior Trophy Presentation
Council Members - Senior Trophy Presentation
Council Members - Senior Trophy Presentation
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In 1987, and indeed for many years before, the Council of the Dorset County Football Association comprised of members representing male 11 a side football.

In addition to the Officers, there were 16 Life Members and 6 Vice Presidents. The remaining members were all on the Council by virtue of representing various 11 a side male clubs: 9 members representing various divisions of the Dorset League: the Alliance Premier League and Southern League has 1 representative for both Leagues: the Dorset Combination League had two representatives: clubs who played outside of the Dorset League had two representatives – 1 in the North and East, 1 in the South and West. In addition the Dorset Schools FA and the Armed Forces each had a representative.

The first significant change to the composition of Council came in 1994, when Sue Hough joined the Council as Deputy Secretary and ran Divisions 1 and 2 of the Dorset Saturday League.

The first female member of Council elected to represent clubs was Mrs Nikki Hillier, who was elected to represent the clubs who compete in Divisions 3 and 4 South and West of the Dorset League in Season 1995-1996. She was closely followed by Mrs Janie Corben, elected to represent the clubs who compete outside of the Dorset League in the North and East, and by Miss Sharon Trevelyan, elected to represent the clubs who completed outside of the Dorset League in the South and West in 1997-1998.

Also in Season 1997-1998, Mrs Wendy Bulloch was appointed as the Honorary League Secretary for the County Youth and the newly created Dorset Women’s League.

In 1996-1997 a streamlining of the Divisional League Secretary’s took place which resulted in one Saturday League Secretary, Allen Ambrose, one Sunday League Secretary, Sue Hough, with Allen Ambrose also running the Dorset County Youth League.

In Season 1997-1998, the Dorset Divisional Youth League, formerly run directly by the Dorset County Football Association became a Sanctioned Competition, with Trevor Schorah, the General Secretary, representing the League on Council.

In Season 2000-2001, The Football Association introduced Football Development Officers in County FA’s, and Sue Hough, formerly Deputy Secretary, became the first Dorset County Development Officer.

In 1999, the Dorset County Football Association became a Company Limited by Guarantee. This was in response to an initiative led by The Football Association, who strongly recommended that County Football Associations should become Limited Companies: previously unincorporated bodies, the financial responsibility lay on the Secretary and Treasurer of the day. As a consequence of becoming a Limited Company, it was necessary to establish a Board of Directors. The Dorset Board comprised of the President, Chairman and Vice Chairman of Council, the Secretary/later Chief Executive, the Treasurer/later the Finance Director and two members elected by Members of Council.

Season 1999-2000 saw the introduction of Mini-Soccer Co-ordinators, and Wendy Bulloch undertook this role.

Season 2009-2010 saw a major restructuring of Football administration in Dorset. The Dorset League which had been run by the Dorset County FA for many years, became a Sanctioned Competition. This led to a re-organisation of the Council of the Dorset County FA. Until now, the vast majority of the Seats were allocated to the various Divisions of the Dorset League.

Under the new system, the Dorset League’s representation was reduced to 4: the Dorset Women’s and Girls’ League had 2 seats, the Dorset Mini-Soccer League had 2 seats, the Dorset Youth League (Under 11-Under 16) 2 seats: Clubs who compete in Leagues sanctioned by Hampshire and Wiltshire, clubs who compete in Leagues sanctioned by Devon and Somerset, the Dorset Coaches Association, the Dorset Referees, the Weymouth Sunday Football League all had one representative. Throughout the years, the Dorset Schools FA and the Armed Forces FA’s have each had a representative.

This reorganisation reflected the change in football in Dorset: although the number of Male 11 a side teams may have declined, there are far more people playing football, girls, women’s, disabled are all  catered for in the ever growing family of  Dorset Football.

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