News reports - January 2021

24th January 2021: Tough YDL season ahead as League stays local

The Youth Development League has published revised structures for 2021, taking account as far as they can of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rather than attempt a tiered league structure based on relative team strengths, the revised structure is regionalized - in much the same way as the Northern T&F League (see News report of 11th December. The result - again similar to the Northern League - is some very tough competition for our young athletes in both Upper and Lower leagues..

The clubs, dates and venues are as follows:

YDL (Lower)


YDL (Upper)


They have increased both divisions to 5 fixtures, with a final fixture on the first weekend in September when YDL Finals are usually held. As we will have no tiered divisions and so no promotions or relegations it looks as though the emphasis is just on providing competition round through to September.

Of course, a lot can happen before this year's T&F season begins or ends. The only certainty is uncertainty. But at least we have something to look forward to!