How have the ground grading rules been relaxed gord? I'd definitely prefer Kiveton to be in a NCEL Division 2 than the CMFL as they are at the moment, but obviously this would either mean Kivo getting lights (never going to happen) or the new league not insisting on lights.
How indeed! We had a mountain of work to do to get into the NCEL - we asked for a grading visit when we were nowhere near the standard so that we knew what we would have to do. We've done it - new dressing rooms, new stand, new pitch pbarrier, new fencing around the arena, hard standing etc etc, and we got in. We now, I would say along with Barton Town, have probably the best two grounds in our division - discounting those who share at higher level clubs like Leeds Carnegie, Scarborough and Grimsby Borough.
But 12 months after we gained admission having done all that work, clubs were being admitted with grounds not as good as ours was before we did it all - no seats, dressing rooms outside the enclosed area of the ground, viewing possible from outside the arena etc - and clubs are even being promoted to the Premier having still not met Division One standards.
There are two clubs in the Premier that I know of whose dressing rooms are outside the enclosed area of the ground - yet we could not even put our new ones where we initially wanted at the top of the bank with a stepped walkway down. the league insisted they went adjacent to the pitch, and thereby took away a great viewing area and scope for spectator area development behind the Welfare End goal.