Over the last three seasons EFC has formed an “Alliance” with Stop Out FC to provide both clubs’ junior members with the ability to play football at a competitive level most appropriate for them. The agreement governing such arrangement is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by both clubs.
For both clubs, the focus of the Alliance Initiative is to build and strengthen those pathways without current players having to move clubs. The Alliance Initiative also aimed to develop our coaching programme across both clubs.
While the MOU has now expired, both Clubs have agreed to put into place a ‘transition’ model for 2019.
This will give both Clubs time to see how things develop over the season and also provide the opportunity for both Clubs’ management committees to meet during the year to discuss the Alliance Initiative so that we are more informed on the benefits of it. We will then be in a position to make a more informed and measured decision at end of 2019 to see if we should continue with the Initiative in the future.
Under the 2019 ‘transition’ model, EFC players that are currently playing in or wish to play in Premier League teams will need to register for Stop Out (selection into teams will be dependent on trials). Registration fees will be paid directly to Stop Out. In certain grades, the top Premier League team will continue to play as Stop Out-Eastbourne (with the Alliance strip being worn by the players).
Trials are held for the following grades. Trial dates are:
- Sun 17th Feb (10th – 13th grade),
- 20th-22nd February in the early evening (10th-14th grade), and
- Sat 23rd /Sun 24th Feb (10th -14th grade).