The Southern Counties East Football League and GroundhopUK are delighted to announce that the first ever Groundhop in the South East of England will take place in Season 2022/23.
Although no formal date has been decided, both parties are looking at early October.
It is envisaged that the event will feature six or seven matches over the weekend, with a Friday night fixture and Sunday matches.
The Kent and East Sussex areas already attract much interest from groundhoppers; for those from the North of the country, this is a long-awaited visit to the South-East for a “hop”, and a full weekend of fixtures will be a major pull.
Both parties are excited about staging what promises to be a fantastic event.
Speaking today, SCEFL Chair Denise Richmond said “We’re delighted to welcome the Groundhoppers to the Southern Counties East League for the 2022/23 season, and hope they are looking forward to watching games from across our two competitive divisions. It will raise the league’s profile across steps 5 and 6 even further and with many clubs progressing up the pyramid in recent seasons it will be a chance to visit new grounds for many spectators.” “We’ll work with our clubs prior to the start of the new season to put in place an exciting schedule which we are sure everyone will embrace and see the benefits across the league. We look forward to welcoming new faces at various Southern Counties East League grounds in October 2022.”
Chris Berezai of GroundhopUK said “This news will be welcomed by groundhoppers everywhere. So many have asked when we were going to add a hop in the South, and we are both thrilled and honoured that the League has agreed to stage the Hop. We look forward to working very closely with the SCEFL to make sure it’s a fantastic event.”
More details about the Hop will be released in the future.