SILENT WEEKEND MARCH 5 2016 Message from Chairman On behalf of the League can I say how pleased we are with this initiative set up by Hampshire FA and applies to the Youth Leagues in their remit of which of course we are one. This initiative has been subject to much discussion at various committees. It is the Youth Committee, whom I am a member of, that is strongly supporting this and is applicable to Youth Football only. As a Respect League and strong supporters of ensuring the Matchday experience for all is enjoyable with particular emphasis on the players. We as a League fully endorse this initiative. Equally such pilots rely on the full support of the Clubs and Teams in the League. Your support for this is of paramount importance to the League. You will note that we have recently had the support of a new sponsor to the League. This initiative as part of our discussions and fits fully with our ethos and their support for friendly local football in the right environment. I also note the feedback from the recent survey we undertook that the foremost requirement was the enjoyable Matchday experience. There were also a number of comments asking for this to be tried. I am as you know very proud of this League and the way we approach such initiatives. We were pioneers of Mini Soccer and this has helped the League grow to our current levels. We as a league provide football at all levels and as much as we can we provide this in an enjoyable atmosphere. Most importantly we provide this in a secure environment and we will continue to be at the sharp end of supporting initiatives that drive the best possible environment for all involved. It is important that we approach this pilot with your full support and I am sure I can rely on this. I note there are some important Cup Semi Finals on this date. I am prepared to allow games here to be played here under normal circumstances rather than rearrange games. However if a Team wishes to support the Silent Weekend alongside their opposition I would be very grateful but I do understand that matter and leave with the teams involved. I have heard from some of those teams that are involved that they will support irrespective of the Semi Final status. I thank those people. This is a very important initiative and the League fully support and therefore as a League we fully endorse. Please respect for one week the guidance that we have sent out. Best of luck Howard May Chairman Testway Youth Football League

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