Following the AGMs of the three competitions looking at setting up a pyramid, this is the current situation:
Carlisle have been elected to the NPL for season 2025. With the inclusion of Settle in 2024, this will take the NPL numbers to 14. Therefore, with the approved addition of up to 4 teams from the PS, this means there would be 18 places for a two division NPL for season 2025 so this can go ahead.
Ideally, we would like to have at least two more entries to bring the NPL total to 20 which is felt to give a better balance of teams in the two divisions.
With the approach of the new year, many clubs will now be looking at season 2024 and beyond so, if anyone is interested in joining our structure, this is the time to approach us. This may apply to clubs who feel they can compete in the NPL already or those who may feel more at home lower down the structure in the PS or WML. If anyone is interested, please contact one of the
In addition to the above statement which will go out on social media, we also would like to affirm our position on the following as stated at the AGM:
Although the voting did give a strong position in favour of the northern PS teams moving to the WML, there was also a strong message from those directly involved that they were against the
idea. As a result, we propose that any club from the WML who finishes in a relegation position in Div 1 / 1A, should return to the WML. However, should this happen to a club who originates from the PS / NPL and wishes to remain in the PS, we will respect those wishes. Furthermore, those teams below this level in our current structure and who reside in the northern area, will be allowed to remain in the PS.