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BAFA statement on the Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Monday, March 14, 2016

Team withdraws for 2016 NFC division one, will re-apply for competition through associate process

It is with regret that the BAFA National Leagues have received confirmation from the Clyde Valley Blackhawks that they are no longer in a position to be able to enter the 2016 National League Adult season.

BAFA Director for Competitions, Russ Hewitt, said: “Whilst talking with the management team at Blackhawks, their fears were due to the reduced numbers they are facing within their playing squad, and because of this they felt they needed the time to regroup as a team. We have faith that the club structure in place at CVB will enable the team to return to NL through the associate process, and wish them well for 2016, and hope to see them return in 2017.”

CVB Head Coach, Richard Orr, stated: “Due to restructuring at Clyde Valley Blackhawks, we have taken the decision to withdraw from the BAFANL NFC1 for the 2016 season.

The Blackhawks will take this time to build on the strong foundations they have and it is their intention to participate as an associate team within BAFA NL in 2016 and re-enter BAFA NL in 2017 as a division two team.”

Russ Hewitt added: “We now face having to re-look at NFC1 schedule to ensure all teams still get 10 games. I believe I have come up with an option that doesn’t affect teams' venues too much, and this will be put to the remaining NFC1 teams over the next few days”.

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