By now you will all have received the email from Des Fox of Myton which he has issued on behalf of the Hull clubs.
To be fair to Des he did inform me last week of his intention to do so, and of course he is perfectly within his rights to speak with any clubs or persons with which he wishes to do so.
However I must stress that this is a meeting without sanction of the NCL League Management and one which we have specifically been asked not to attend.
I must therefore state that I am more than a little disappointed that Des and the Hull clubs have not chosen to discuss their particular issues with either myself as Chairman, or any other member of the committee before taking this course of action. Nor have they asked their club representatives to take their concerns to the Management meeting.
I have offered to travel to Hull to meet with all the Hull clubs either collectively or individually to try and understand their particular issues and I am equally willing to do that for any other club(s) who would so wish me to do so.
Des’s email states that the reason for calling the meeting is to ‘discuss the future of the amateur game’ which is a very wide remit, and without an agenda, it is very difficult to assess exactly which aspect of the future the Hull clubs would wish to discuss with other attendees, although the fact that a small presentation is to be made would suggest that someone has an idea of what they wish to discuss in particular.
As you are all aware the NCL is a democratically run League that has its own constitution and officers elected by the clubs. Myself as Chairman, your President Peter Moran and the Vice Chairman Tony Johnson, were all voted into position at the AGM in January of this year along with the four club representatives. It is the prerogative of any of the clubs to offer alternative candidates for any and all of these posts and for successful nominees to be voted into post. Should any club feel that any member of the League Management is not fulfilling their roles in the best interest of the League and the member clubs, or indeed that they feel there is some new thinking needed, then they are at liberty to offer alternative candidates and vote against the re-election of any or all of the League Management Committee and for their own nominees at the next AGM.
If it is felt that best interest of the League and its clubs are not best served by the League Constitution as it stands, then clubs are also at liberty to propose changes/amendments/additions which may then be voted on by the member clubs and be adopted or otherwise dependent upon that vote.
However should the clubs feel that they cannot wait until the AGM, there is the facility to seek a Special General Meeting (SGM) which needs the backing of 30 per cent of the membership or in this case 15 clubs, with a specific motion or number of motions to be debated.
We are well aware that there have been some issues that have arisen which need addressing as our second summer season has progressed and we are not immune to the fact that the current financial climate is hitting our sport, our clubs and our players hard.
But we are fully committed to undertaking a review of the season (as we do at the end of every season) and are set to seek the views of the clubs at the end of the regular playing campaign to try and identify what does work, what doesn’t and what needs major overall or minor adjustments.
All and any views are welcome, and as you all know my phone is always available, (preferably in the evenings though as I do have a day job), as are those of your other committee members. Emails or other forms of correspondence are also welcomed.
Nobody said a transition to summer would be easy or that we would get everything right first time. Like all of you we have had to adjust our thinking and management processes and approach.
The NCL Management are elected by you to run the League for you and you can all rest assured that we are fully committed to doing the very best for every one of our clubs as individuals and as the collective entity proudly known as the National Conference League.
Yours in Sport,
Chairman of the National Conference League