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LNFS England becomes an Elite Champion member of Koi Sports

LNFS England is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a Koi Sports CIC Elite Champion Member.

Koi Sports CIC were established in November 2018 to help “sustain, enhance, and grow” the grassroots sports sector by driving commercial investment into sports clubs to deliver positive social change. They work on the premise that sport brings people and communities together, no matter what an individual’s background, religion, race, or other characteristic, and that everyone should be given the opportunity to get involved in a sport that they enjoy to improve both their physical and mental health.

Koi Sports believes that in making sport more affordable and accessible, it delivers huge benefits for local communities.

Koi Sports Director, David Johnson-Rayner explains:

“This is much more than just the traditional “sponsoring of a Club and/or Team”. Businesses that we work with are encouraged to get involved with grassroots clubs on a one-to-one basis, utilising their involvement as part of their Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, which, if utilised effectively, can help Members to retain existing customers and win new business, as well as make strides to becoming an “Employer of Choice”.

One of the ways Koi Sports is engaging with businesses is through their 2021 Elite Champion Membership Scheme, successfully piloted in 2020:

“We reinvest membership fees into a business’s chosen Grassroots Sports Club as well as our chosen Charity “Sports Traider”, whilst marketing the reinvestment across social media on behalf of our members. In addition, members are invited to market their business at our twice monthly networking events, and through their own dedicated episode of our Grassroots Sports Podcast.

Koi Sports will also be providing ongoing support, coaching and mentoring for LNFS England, and its Member Clubs, to help them establish and run their own investing corporate support network, sharing their knowledge, expertise, and experience of this win-win income generation model.

All enquiries about this new partnership should be directed to Peter Sharples, LNFS England’s Business Director, who adds:

Our aim in working with Koi Sports is to develop a sustainable, recurring, and growing income stream to fund the sustainable development of LNFS England and its Member Clubs.”

LNFS England Board thanks EFCA

LNFS England Directors had a very useful meeting with members of the EFCA Interim Committee yesterday evening to discuss the results of their recent member survey.

We asked EFCA for a further breakdown of responses to their questions on competitions and for any advice they could offer on how, specifically, LNFS England might improve its performance. The answers we received are encouraging, but also show that more work is required.

  • In answer to the question: “How satisfied are you with the way your chosen league competition organisers engage, consult and implement the views and opinions of clubs?” 54% of clubs with teams playing only in LNFS England were satisfied and 23% were dis-satisfied, compared to 44% satisfied and 25% dis-satisfied across all clubs. This suggests that LNFS England is doing better than other competitions in this area of activity, but there is still considerable room for improving the way the Board of Directors engages with our Member Clubs. Production of a monthly newsletter is one way in which we are seeking to meet this goal.
  • In answer to the question: “How satisfied is your club with the overall offering for futsal competitions for both youth and adults in your region?” 62% of clubs with teams playing only in LNFS England were satisfied and 31% were dis-satisfied, compared to 44% satisfied and 52% dis-satisfied across all clubs. This again suggests that LNFS England is doing better than other competitions in this area of activity, but there is still room for improving access to high-quality futsal for both youths and adults across England. Member Clubs will be aware that this is something we have been working on for a while, particularly in relation to developing a joined up approach to youth futsal leagues.
  • In answer to the question: “Do you feel the current competition pathway and pyramid within England is clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game?” 61% of clubs with teams playing in LNFS England answered “No”, compared to 58% of all clubs. There is very little difference between these results, which shows that across all competitions the view of three out of five clubs is that the futsal competition pathway and pyramid within England is not clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game. This is not an issue within the complete control of LNFS England. However, we will do our utmost to ensure that our own competitions are clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game and we will continue to work with the FA and other stakeholders to develop a genuine futsal pathway and pyramid.

Finally, we had a very useful discussion with EFCA in which we agreed that promoting collaboration between futsal clubs off the court is essential if the English futsal commmunity seeks a fully joined-up approach to club, coach, and player pathway development. We look forward to working with EFCA in these important areas and thank members of their committee for spending time yesterday in helping our league understand where it needs to improve.