It’s time for your Vanarama National League news update.
Firstly, it was announced at the National League’s Annual General Meeting that Vanarama have signed a three-year extension to their sponsorship deal with the National League. The deal means that the competition will continue to be named the Vanarama National League until at least 2021. Vanarama’ s long term commitment now takes their working relationship with the National League to a total of seven years.
National League sides Eastleigh and Maidstone United have a couple of World Cup winners in their ranks. That is the 2018 Seniors World Cup, of course. Eastleigh manager, Andy Hessenthaler, and Maidstone United assistant manager, Nicky Southall, were part of the winning England Veterans team that defeated Scotland in the final.
The England Veterans have now won three Seniors World Cup’s in a row. Can our men’s national team complete the same fate in Russia?
Tony Henderson-Smith became the first ever Vanarama National League
Volunteer of the Year winner. Tony is a long-time supporter of Sutton United and went to watch his first match way back in 1959. He was involved in organising the boys set up at the club and was responsible for writing the club’s football development plan.
Sticking with Sutton United, they have announced their first signing of the close season. Defender, Dale Bennett, joins the London club after five years at Forest Green Rovers. United manager, Paul Doswell, doesn’t expect a major overhaul of playing staff but he did say that Bennett wouldn’t be the last arrival this summer.
Sutton United will also play in the IRN-BRU Cup this season alongside fellow Vanarama National League club, Boreham Wood. In an expansion of the SPFL Cup competition, these two sides will become the first ever English teams to participate in the competition.
The two highest ranking teams from the 2017/18 Vanarama National League season will compete alongside clubs from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and, of course, Scotland.
Finally, Boreham Wood have been given the green light to begin work on a new North Stand. The Football Foundation have backed Wood’s plans to transform their Meadow Park ground.
That’s everything you need to know that happened from around the Vanarama National League.
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