Kent County League launches new Veterans Division

Wednesday 09th August 2017

The Kent County Football League have announced it will be adding a Veterans Division this season.The Kent County Football League have announced it will be adding a Veterans Division this season.

The League will also be undertaking the administration of the historic Hospitals Cup competition.

Building on their partnership with the Kent Football Association, discussions were held and a number of teams were keen to play Veterans football.  A meeting was held with those interested and nine teams have signed up to take part in the inaugural division.

Lee Suter, the senior football development office at the Kent FA said: “We have seen a great interest and growth in veterans football with more and more people wanting to remain active within the game but in an appropriate and flexible environment.

“Veterans football offers this to over 35’s including those transitioning from the more conventional setting of 11 v 11 football or those wishing to return to the game.

“I am delighted one of our flagship Leagues in Kent has the foresight and desire to offer this provision within their already successful structure.  This is a really exciting project and I am looking forward to seeing it grow and flourish.”

Meanwhile, The Hospitals Charity Cup competition has a history going back to 1922 and includes teams from both the Southern Counties East Football League and Kent County Football League.

Cyril Windiate, the Kent County Football League chairman, said: “The Kent County League are delighted to announce they are taking over the administration of two established competitions thus enabling them to continue into the future.

“Both competitions compliment the ethos of the League with the Hospitals Charity Cup now about to enter its 96th season.  It has been instrumental in providing significant donations to many worthwhile causes and only recently presented a cheque for £1,700 to the Kent Air Ambulance, a record for the competitions.

“The Veterans League will complement the extremely popular Kent Veterans Cup and allow competitive football to flourish for players that may otherwise be lost to the game.”

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