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Taken from a post on the Ryman Isthmian Forum

"The F.A. are about to start re-grading every ground in the country.
To play in the Ryman Premier clubs will have to obtain a C category
by March 31st next year , all inspections will be completed by December this year .
Essentially as I see it no club without the relevant grade will be promoted and any in the premier not obtaining it will be relegated .
The standards are available on the F.A. website and some of the conditions look quite onerous . Personally I think quite a few clubs in both divisions will struggle" ?


I don`t think we have anything to worry about but it could cause a few clubs big problems.

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We bloody shouldn't have problems, considering we were passed to play two leagues higher! Surely they couldn't have modified the requirements that much.

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Barnet`s ground did not meet the Conference standard but does pass the Football League standard, these things are never straightforward.

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Doesn't look that bad... but if the old Conference grading was anything like that, how the hell did we get passed 'adequate parking'? <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Have we got four entrances? I mean, I count three - the main entrance, the away entrance and the entrance by the burger van that is never used. Oh, has the press entrance got a turnstile, or is that the same one I just said is never used? I'm confused.

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Ribbit compared to a lot of grounds our car park is huge!

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Doesn't bother me anyway, I don't drive!

Reckon Alty might have problems with their terracing (crumbling a bit) when they get graded. I mention them because they're the only team that came to mind. Think we'll be okay though.

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It won`t effect the Conference clubs that much (they generally have the money to pay for improvements/maintenence), it`s the clubs lower down the ladder who don`t have the money who will feel the impact.

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Grays Ath don't even have a car park!!!

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All ground grading is now done by the FA, not the Ryman league. Park Lane was conference standard (category 'A')last season so there should be no reason why we should not be confirmed by the ground inspectors as a 'D' as required for us to play in the Ryman. The issue regarding the number of turnstiles relates to the number of turnstiles to enter the ground and each block at Park Lane has two. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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I believe there are four sets of turnstiles at Park Lane, 3 at the Car Park end and one behind the seated area.

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Sorry Boyblunder i`m a bit confused by one part of your post

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Park Lane was conference standard (category 'A')last season so there should be no reason why we should not be confirmed by the ground inspectors as a 'D' as required for us to play in the Ryman.


Would we not just hold on to our A grading instead of being re-classed as D grade?

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I'd bloody hope so.

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Sorry to confuse you. What I meant was that the FA are now responsible for grading of all non league grounds not the relevent leagues and all grounds will have to be graded by December. Each club has to achieve a grading depending on what league they play in, if they don't make that grading by December they will be relegated at the end of the season. In the Ryman North we have to achieve a grading category 'D'. The point I was making was that at conference level we would have to achieve category 'A' and on the basis we would were in the conference last season we will be okay when we are inspected. I don't know if we will be categoried at category 'A' or if we will just be told that we meet the category for the Ryman league.
Categories are as follows:
Category 'A' is Conference National
Category 'B' is Conference North & South
Category 'C' is Ryman premier
Category 'D' is Ryman North & South

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Regardless of what league we're in, we should be graded on how good the ground is. If we were up to Conference standards last season, then we should be this season. There's no reason not to give us a grade 'a', just because we're in the RLN now.

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I have a copy of the ground grading document, and there is no reason why we won't be given an "A" grading again.

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