THE Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup will return for the 2021-22 season.
While all the other adult 2020-21 competitions run by Suffolk FA were completed once lockdown restrictions were lifted, the Premier Cup was unable to continue.
This was largely due to the fact that football at Steps 3-6 was curtailed, government restrictions prohibited spectators from attending matches, clubs took the opportunity to undertake ground and pitch renovations ahead of the new season, and there were furlough/contractual considerations for participating clubs as well.
Suffolk FA had hoped to conclude the competition during pre-season 2021-22, but pre-season is set to be concertinaed as leagues start earlier than normal and then front-load the early weeks of the season in an attempt to reduce the chances of another curtailed campaign.
Therefore the difficult decision has been taken to not continue with the 2020-21 competition, and concentrate on holding the 2021-22 competition which Suffolk FA have already committed to starting later than normal.
Richard Neal, Suffolk FA CEO said: “This is not a decision we relish making but one which we are confident is the right one for the clubs and leagues involved given the circumstances.
“I would like to place on record my appreciation to Turners Hyundai as title sponsors of the Suffolk Premier Cup. They are outstanding supporters of local sport, not just football, and their understanding, support and commitment throughout this period continues to demonstrate this.
“We look forward to the return of Suffolk’s highest grade cup competition in the forthcoming season.”