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BARLA SGM makes decision on RFL Operational Rules changes

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BARLA held an SGM at St Patricks Catholic Club, Huddersfield on Sunday 6th October and prior to the main business David Gent, RFL Director of Participation & Strategic Partnerships and other members of the RFL addressed the meeting in relation to the proposed RFL Operational Rules.

 

During a lengthy meeting BARLA Delegates tabled questions to Mr Gent and his colleagues and following this they were thanked for their attendance by BARLA Chair Sue Taylor.

 

The meeting then continued as SGM’s agenda which began with the vote on the proposed RFL Operational Rules.

 

The majority of delegates voted against the rules in their current format and asked if they could be deferred with further consultation taking place between both bodies.

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The majority of delegates voted against the rules in their current format and asked if they could be deferred with further consultation taking place between both bodies

 

Voted 17 to 1 From what I've been told.

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The majority of delegates voted against the rules in their current format and asked if they could be deferred with further consultation taking place between both bodies

 

Voted 17 to 1 From what I've been told.

 

Yes that's the correct count Marauder, but why did the BARLA Chair shirk responsibility by not attending the relevant Community Board meeting to deliver the association's position on the proposed RFL operational rules.

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Yes that's the correct count Marauder, but why did the BARLA Chair shirk responsibility by not attending the relevant Community Board meeting to deliver the association's position on the proposed RFL operational rules.

First I've heard Nev, It was a clear cut vote with only Hilary Steel of Warrington voting to accept the Operational Rules from what my contacts have told me.

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First I've heard Nev, It was a clear cut vote with only Hilary Steel of Warrington voting to accept the Operational Rules from what my contacts have told me.

 

Yes that was the correct score at the SGM and I believe you've got the scorers right, but what isn't widely known is that the BARLA Chair failed to attend the Community Board meeting neither was a deputy sent to deliver the BARLA verdict on the operational rules.

 

I know exactly how the Community Board works but for me that was an absolute kop out from the BARLA Chair who quite literally has no balls 

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Isnt the BARLA  chair a woman ?

 

Must say after early optimism its back to the sad old Barla ways , six months in office now and no communication at all from the chair and her board.

Whats the plans for the Youth and Junior National cups ?

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Isnt the BARLA  chair a woman ?

 

Must say after early optimism its back to the sad old Barla ways , six months in office now and no communication at all from the chair and her board.

Whats the plans for the Youth and Junior National cups ?

 

Sadly you are spot on Taxi except that the Chair's term of office is only four months.

 

As for the youth/junior Nationals there has been absolutely no attention been paid to them I think that they would be better managed by a different organisation. In fact why not, when BARLA relied heavily on the help of the various leagues to administer the competitions. You never know that with the absence of BARLA even Charlie Bray may allow the Yorkshire Juniors to take part.

 

In my experience though, teams will be attracted to a well run National competition and ignore directions from their regional leagues. And there is always the chance of sponsorship to reward the participants 

 

Maybe this possibilty needs to be explored and I've always thought that there would be room for an under 12's competition.

 

Oh and yes the BARLA Chair is a woman with the Vice Chair probably already wearing her dresses

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Sad to read in the press Roger Fagge as left Barla, Nothing from Barla to let us know .

Roger was the only link we had with Barla he was the only one who was trying to keep the association together great bloke with a real passion for the game not his own ego.

Be interesting to see who replaces him any bets on where that person will come from ?

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Sad to read in the press Roger Fagge as left Barla, Nothing from Barla to let us know .

Roger was the only link we had with Barla he was the only one who was trying to keep the association together great bloke with a real passion for the game not his own ego.

Be interesting to see who replaces him any bets on where that person will come rom ?

 

Quote from the BARLA Chair;

 

"The Board of Management will deal with the issue of appointing a new Administrator"

 

I'll bet the appointee won't have far to travel to work

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Sad to read in the press Roger Fagge as left Barla, Nothing from Barla to let us know .

Roger was the only link we had with Barla he was the only one who was trying to keep the association together great bloke with a real passion for the game not his own ego.

Be interesting to see who replaces him any bets on where that person will come rom ?

Massive loss, he was the link holding other areas outside of the Pennine league together.

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I agree, Roger was a regular visit to cumbria as was stuart p and I always found him helpful and accommodating shame as he is one of the good guys

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Seems the good guys are being picked off one by one!!

 

I do feel a little responsible for Rogers exit as I think they got at him because he supported me when i was standing against Sue? although after speaking with him over the last few days the tone of his voice seems to be in a much better place that it was for the past month. So at least some good has come out of this.

 

fears on a total collapse are on the cards now as I cant see where or who the stability of BARLA will come from.

 

If BARLA want a  future I think now is the time to launch their master plan as I think its clear as day now what that will be!

 

Good Luck Roger see you on the other side :tongue:

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Seems the good guys are being picked off one by one!!

 

I do feel a little responsible for Rogers exit as I think they got at him because he supported me when i was standing against Sue? although after speaking with him over the last few days the tone of his voice seems to be in a much better place that it was for the past month. So at least some good has come out of this.

 

fears on a total collapse are on the cards now as I cant see where or who the stability of BARLA will come from.

 

If BARLA want a  future I think now is the time to launch their master plan as I think its clear as day now what that will be!

 

Good Luck Roger see you on the other side :tongue:

 

Does the dark side beckon?

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So what does the future hold with diminishing responsibility and hold of the amatuer leagues what can the board do to bring back the glory years , or is a case of the Pennine league benefitting with the demise of Barla ?

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The BARLA glory years went long ago and pretty understandably so after many leagues fell away or were pushed away. However one or two people with vision remained inside the organisation and were attempting to steer BARLA into a supporting role by creating initiatives such as, the Foundation, which would have funded the juniors at the very outset of their rugby.

 

An amount of work had been done on this with budgets and targets set, but unfortunately the drivers of this scheme are no longer within the association and despite the Foundation initiative being tabled twice at consecutive board meetings, the current chair dismissed the initiative without a thought.

 

In an effort to make judgement, people should be reminded of the chair's pre-election promises which included;

  • To represent all who are committed to our game by creating a unified voice.
  • Promote BARLA / County Cups / National Cup
  • To provide an opportunity for everyone to learn and develop the game
  • Better working relationships between BARLA/RFL

After three months in office, absolutely no effort or attention has been paid to any of these items so people could be excused for thinking that there may be a hidden agenda within the chair's manifesto.

 

Time as always will tell but sadly time is a luxury that BARLA can no longer afford

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BARLA has an uphill battle because it will never be able to match the sweeteners awarded to some local leagues.

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BARLA has an uphill battle because it will never be able to match the sweeteners awarded to some local leagues.

 

The only recent BARLA investment to my knowledge, is the sponsorship of the successful Cumbria Men's ARL which has produced an uplift in Cumbrian open age rugby over the past 12 months.

 

Are the local league sweeteners offered by the RFL and to who? 

 

Again to my knowledge I only know of the RFL five figure sum given to Yorkshire Juniors ARL which I believe has now stopped following the league's switch to winter.

 

It would be nice to learn of any others do you care to elaborate.

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The only recent BARLA investment to my knowledge, is the sponsorship of the successful Cumbria Men's ARL which has produced an uplift in Cumbrian open age rugby over the past 12 months.

 

Are the local league sweeteners offered by the RFL and to who? 

 

Again to my knowledge I only know of the RFL five figure sum given to Yorkshire Juniors ARL which I believe has now stopped following the league's switch to winter.

 

It would be nice to learn of any others do you care to elaborate.

I'm not going to elaborate. The RFL should be more transparent

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This is not an RFL issue really it's because of the weakening of the influence and apathy of recent boards that leagues have left and jumped over to the dark side .

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This is not an RFL issue really it's because of the weakening of the influence and apathy of recent boards that leagues have left and jumped over to the dark side .

 I agree but in a democracy theres always a chance you could elect a dictator.

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 I agree but in a democracy theres always a chance you could elect a dictator.

 

And that is sadly where shifty backstabbers come in. Had everything been fair and open in the first instance then possibly the association would be in a better place today. There were those of us that actually had a plan for BARLA to bring back some meaning to the ethos and finally bring it into the 21st century.

 

I'm not bitter anymore just sad that something I grew up on is being allowed to go in one direction and its backbone (district leagues) cant see it happening.

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And that is sadly where shifty backstabbers come in. Had everything been fair and open in the first instance then possibly the association would be in a better place today. There were those of us that actually had a plan for BARLA to bring back some meaning to the ethos and finally bring it into the 21st century.

 

I'm not bitter anymore just sad that something I grew up on is being allowed to go in one direction and its backbone (district leagues) cant see it happening.

Wilber I'm with you mate. 25 years I've done at junior level and I'm about to walk away. But I will be there to watch the lemins go over the cliff.

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