Applications are invited for this very important post. Experience in football/sport administration at a senior level is required. This is a key post coordinating the work of this Step 5 League that covers a large geographical area with 55 member clubs and 3 Divisions, covering the counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex and parts of North London.

Duties include:

  • Day to day administration of the League
  • Acting as Secretary to the Board and its Committees
  • Ensuring compliance with League & FA Rules and Directives
  • Supporting member clubs with their development & funding opportunities
  • Ensuring close liaison with League Chairman, Officers & Committee members

Applicants must have good oral and written communication skills, an eye for detail, good organisational skills and be proficient in the use of computer applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The post is voluntary, but there is a financial offer available to the successful candidate.

Please contact Pat Burns, League Chairman for further details and a discussion about the post. Closing date for Applications 21st June 2020.

07763 109596





The Spartan South Midlands League, sanctioned by the Football Association (FA), was originally formed in 1922 as the Bedfordshire County League, changing its name to the South Midlands League in 1929. It expanded further following amalgamation with the Spartan League in 1997. The League now stretches geographically from North London in the South, to Milton Keynes in the North, Biggleswade in the East to Aylesbury in the West.


The League has a Premier Division (Step 5), Division 1 (Step 6), Division 2 (Step 7), there were 55 clubs registered with the League when season 2019-2020 ended.


We sadly lost our previous General Secretary, Mike Appleby, to the Coronavirus and we now need to appoint his successor. The role has two distinct responsibilities. Firstly, the General Secretary co-ordinates the administration of the League with a panel of Officers, each with their own area of work. Secondly, he or she will be the liaison between the League and the FA and its membership of the National League System.


Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid 19), the Football Association decided to declare the 2019-2020 season as null and void. There was no promotion or relegation. Therefore, it is anticipated that the season 2020-2021 will start with the same teams in the same divisions, at a future date to be confirmed by the FA and the League.


The proposed national restructuring of League at step 5 and step 6 will now go ahead at the beginning of the 2021-2022 season. We anticipate that the League’s catchment area will move north. It will still operate three divisions as described above.


The person appointed will be an experienced football/sports administrator, preferably at Step 5 or 6 level, either with a league or a club. In addition, the successful postholder will have knowledge of FA Rules, regulations and the policies and requirements of the National League System. The full range of duties and key skills required is shown on the Job Description


Whilst the post is of a voluntary nature, there is generous financial package available, including being provided with a League laptop and mobile phone and expenses. Persons interested in this position are invited to contact the League Chairman, Pat Burns on 07763 109596 (Email: to discuss the role and the financial package that can be offered.


June 2020








The League wishes to appoint a suitably experienced person to be its’ General Secretary following the sad passing of the previous incumbent, Mike Appleby.


The main functions of the post include, but are not limited to, the following key areas of responsibility.

  1. To manage all matters relating to the League’s partnership with The FA and County FAs including sanctioning, League Development Plan, the National League system, and other business as required. Submit ground grading documents to The FA.
  2. To ensure the League is compliant with FA Rules and Regulations and draft the League’s Constitution.
  3. To advise the Officers, Committees and member Clubs on the leagues Rules and FA Regulations
  4. To ensure that member clubs are County FA sanction compliant and then produce the League’s ‘D’ Form to The FA/County FA
  5. Produce documents as required for the Annual General Meeting, Management Board and Committees in timescales required.
  6. Deal with day to day and issue general correspondence in conjunction, if appropriate, with League Officers.
  7. Support and assist member Clubs with their development and funding opportunities.
  8. Arrange Management Board and Committee meetings as required including Commissions and Personal Hearings.
  9. Ensure close liaison with the League Chairman, Officers and Committee members to co-ordinate activities such as production of the League E-Handbook, announcements, social media etc.
  10. Other duties commensurate with the post.


Key Skills

  1. Computer literate including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and management systems as provided for League use by The FA (Full-Time, etc)
  2. Organised with excellent attention to detail.
  3. Good oral and written communications