League News & Statements


Subject: Applications for Promotion to, and within the SWP League

Allocation of club from outside the feeder league system:
None Received this year.

Step Seven to Step Six: (East & West to Premier)
Crediton United   :   East Division

Elburton Villa   :   West Division

Newton Abbot Spurs   :   East Division

Porthleven   :   West Division

St Dennis   :   West Division

Sticker   :   West Division

Stoke Gabriel   :   East Division

Feeder Leagues to Step Seven:
Bere Alston United   :   East Cornwall Premier

Braunton   :   North Devon League

Buckland Athletic *   :   South Devon League   :   See Note 1

Heavitree United   :   Devon & Exeter League

Honiton Town   :   Devon & Exeter League

Ilfracombe Town   :   North Devon League

Ludgvan   :   Cornwall Combination

Newtown   :   Devon & Exeter League

Waldon Athletic   :   South Devon League

Note 1: Buckland Athletic application is subject to the first team gaining entry to the Southern Football League, if they do not gain promotion then this application will fail.

Premier Division: One club from each of East & West is eligible for promotion each season. The eligible club must pass the ground grading first and then finish within the top 3 places only to be considered. Should two clubs be eligible for promotion then two clubs will be relegated, if one club then only the bottom side will be relegated. Likewise should a club be promoted to Step 5 then relegation will be reduced, in all cases the side finishing 19th will be reprieved ahead of the side finishing 20th.

Division One East & West: Up to four clubs are eligible to be promoted each season.

The two Step 7 Divisions currently have 36 clubs in membership, rules allow maximum of 36 so both are currently full. If after ground grading and final league positions are known 4 clubs are acceptable the bottom two in each division will be relegated. If 2 clubs are acceptable the bottom side in each division are relegated and the sides in 17th are reprieved. If 0 sides are eligible for promotion then there would be no relegation.

If however 1 or 3 sides are eligible and provided the relevant clubs wish to remain in membership they are entitled to a playoff match under the same rules as the league cup final to decide who remains members, eg if just 1 side coming up it would be 18th v 18th, if 3 sides coming up such a game would be 17th v 17th.

The maximum strength of the league is 56 clubs, 20 in Premier and 18 in each of East & West.

All clubs will now be ground graded for the standards required and these must be in place by the 31st March. After the ground visits the clubs will be informed if they are acceptable or not. Those that are acceptable ground wise will then be ranked based on final league positions to determine who are offered places.

With 9 active applicants from 5 different feeder leagues it is worthwhile making the following comments:

  • Only clubs who achieve a ground grading are acceptable
  • Only one club per feeder league can be accepted
  • Clubs must finish in the Top two of their league (clubs finishing 3rd can only fill vacancies).
  • In the event of more than two clubs remaining eligible the next determining factor is league position. The rules state the Champion club of any 1 feeder is ranked higher than a 2nd or 3rd: No difference is afforded to the perceived strength of one league over another. If two champion clubs are acceptable they are accepted and clubs finishing 2nd or 3rd fail, likewise if we go down to 2nd the clubs finishing 3rd fail etc.
  • In the event of more than 4 clubs achieving the ground standards and finishing in the same position the board at its May meeting will vote on who to accept, those tied clubs will be invited to make representation prior to any vote.

Philip Hiscox  (Company Secretary)


News Release : 24th May 2016



Carlsberg UK has agreed a new three-year sponsorship of the South West Peninsula Football League ready for the 2016-17 season, having supported the league since its inception in 2007.

The agreement will take the brewer’s relationship with the present league and the majority of the 56 clubs across its three divisions to 19 years. The sponsorship will be activated on match days by the league and clubs through local press, broadcast and social media, plus trophy presentations.

Carlsberg is known for being the beer of football. Its sponsorship assets include Official Beer status of UEFA EURO 2016™, the England national team, founding partner of Wembley Stadium and pouring rights at around half of all Premier League football clubs.

In March this year Carlsberg agreed a three year extension to its 25 year-long partnership with Liverpool Football Club. The deal secures Carlsberg’s role as the club’s Official Beer until the end of the 2018/19 season and deepens the relationship with one of the most legendary football clubs in the world.

Rob Sandall, Free Trade Sales Director at Carlsberg UK, comments: “We’re grateful for everyone’s patience whilst we took time to review our football assets. Having concluded this work, I am excited to extend our sponsorship and look forward to working with the League, the clubs and all of their staff to make the 2016-17 season one to remember.”

Phil Hiscox, South West Peninsula Football League Secretary, added: “Clearly we are delighted that our longstanding partner Carlsberg has agreed to extend its sponsorship with us. It’s a testament to the league and all of the individual clubs that a global beer brand known for its love of football at all levels wants to support us, and we can now look ahead to preparing for the new season.”


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