THE Rotherham Sunday League is set to come back bigger and stronger after the most challenging season in its history.
The campaign finally came to an end last weekend after ten, Covid-interrupted months.
After kicking off in September, the programme was halted in November and again in January as Government restrictions outlawed outdoor sport.
While some leagues decided not to resume when play was given the green light again in April, Sunday League officials took the decision to carry on with league fixtures only and complete them by the end of June.
That mission was accomplished right through the five divisions and Sheffield side Three Feathers were pronounced Premier Division champions for the first time.
“It's been a long season and a challenge to get through,” said league secretary Mark Pilley. “The fact we have been able to do so is thanks to many people — the players, the managers, the secretaries and the referees.
“Thanks also go to our committee who have worked hard in keeping Rotherham and District Sunday League going over the hardest season we have ever faced.
“Unfortunately we didn't have time to run our cup competitions but to get the matches completed at least gave teams something to celebrate.
“Without the voluntary work from all, the league wouldn't be what it is.”
The committee's work will not stop in the shortened close season. New divisions are being formulated and the AGM is pencilled in for the end of this month.
The league is also set to run with eight new clubs next season, taking the total up to 60.
Although at the moment the plan is that they will compete in five divisions of 12, late applications are still being accepted.
Spaces are also available on the latest local referees course.
Details are available from Mark on 01709 580980.