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Men's Div. 2 A : When Home is away
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/9/20 11:50:00 (131 reads)

Tunnel Diggers matches
Playing in prison
In almost every league in every sport, competitors play each other once at home and once away.

In our division, however, we have one team that cannot play away and because the Association wants to give those individuals the opportunity to follow their sport, it has agreed dispensation for Tunnel Diggers.

Your games against this opposition will be shown in the fixture list as Home or Away as usual and your club administrators will be treating the matches in exactly this way. When it’s at home, checking the facility is available, issuing the formal invitation, appointing the referee and scorer, etc. The only difference in the arrangements is your home venue will change for one day to Wormwood Scrubs.

There is a difference that applies whether you are playing home or away: security. Nobody will be permitted through the reception area unless their name is provided to the prison authorities eight days before the match. it’s essential team secretaries are aware of this and the list should contain the name of all players, supporters, referee, etc. Nobody else will be admitted so, note it’s better to include the name of a reserve or two that can be deleted. No additions are permitted.

Arrive in good time before the game; everyone enters the prison together. You are will then show your photograph identification and hand in valuables such as mobile phones which are not permitted beyond the reception area. Stress to the squad that they must assemble in good time and to bring their passport with them. Security is in the hands of the prison security team and not of the volleyball club and some other forms of identification have been known to be refused. One other point, junior players are not able to enter the prison at all. They will be games for adults only.

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