Non-league side to be relegated due to the size of their changing rooms

Non-league side to be relegated due to the size of their changing rooms

Aylesbury: relegation is “unavoidable”

Southern League Division One Central outfit Aylesbury FC are facing relegation due to the size of their changing rooms.

FA regulations currently state that all changing rooms in the seventh and eighth tiers must be a minimum of 12 square meters – increasing to 18 square meters by the end of March – and any club that fails to meet these requirements by the end of July will face relegation.

Although the club’s home and away changing rooms are both “very close” to the minimum requirements laid out by the Football Association, “major reconstruction” would have to go ahead in their rooms for match officials to make sure they comply with the FA’s requirements.

“The club unfortunately very soon realised that the deadline was simply not achievable,” Aylesbury said.

“Although all the people involved with the club are obviously devastated by this situation, we are even more committed now to ensuring the future of Aylesbury FC, taking a step backwards to once again move forward.”

In October, a number of non-league clubs were made aware of the fact that they needed to improve their facilities or face relegation, however notice of the change was first made clear by the FA back in 2014.

“The change was to accommodate increased squad sizes, more medical equipment and an improved environment for players,” the FA said.

“This is a mandatory requirement from those leagues and the vast majority have already achieved this.”

Planning permission (if required) and proof of funding to carry out any work on said facilities must be submitted by the club to the FA by the end of March if they’re to avoid relegation. Should they fail to do this, Aylesbury will be demoted from the division.

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