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  1. In the advent of the summer switch, BARLA did put together quite an attractive conference style winter alternative for NCL teams not wanting summer rugby and for other interested teams from; Cumbria, Barrow, NWC and Yorkshire. Despite offering a well administered competition with a regular fixture calendar, not enough clubs were attracted to this concept. However,all the templates for this competition are in the BARLA archives and with a quick dusting down, a conference style winter alternative could be offered to clubs at short notice. Sadly the present BARLA board have neither the desire oŕ the know how to launch a new initiative and really I think that they would fear a reaction from the RFL.
  2. Any new winter based would have to be a BARLA initiative as the RFL have absolutely no interest in any traditional season. The sport was aligned with the pro game to be summer based purely for monetary gain by the RFL who, after being recognised as the governing body, set about their assault on Sport England funding hence the apparent ascending pyramid. This pyramid showed the amatuer game as it's foundation and peaking at Super League. This then gave the impression of progression through the different levels of the game and satisfy the Sport England funding criteria. So the introduction of a conference type winter based league, I don't think that would happen.
  3. And then they would all live happily ever after I'm sure. The BARLA constitution reads; to foster and develop, I don't think that would include a financial rescue package. And with the RFL being the governing body then surely they must be the entity to aid clubs in financial distress, not to write them off as, "collateral damage," as described by David Gent in the summer switch. However, in my opinion the main factor behind a club/team folding is player shortage and the answer to that problem is......
  4. It seems to me that the RFL already do the thinking for BARLA. When egoistic individuals within BARLA were stupidly, throwing their weight about, with the NCL amongst other member leagues being virtually, "kicked out," of the association, BARLA in its own ignorance, was allowing the beginning its own decline. As for the first scheduled meeting date, I think that there was more than poor planning behind that decision. Episodes such as this potray the association as more of a fish tank rarther than a think tank. However I still believe that the amatuer game should be administered by an organisation other than the RFL.
  5. BARLA have alledgedly been selective over the past few years in matters concerning member's fees, with that in mind I would think it pertinent for member leagues to have checked on their eligibility to vote at the AGM
  6. BARLA has been registered as a limited company during the present chair's term of office. The meeting is on Sunday 18th August when a vote will take place.
  7. Well the waiting is nearly over untill what many may see as the most significant BARLA AGM in recent years. And, with the imminent challenge to the leadership, it's looking like, "squeaky bum time" for both the RFL along with the Pennine ARL contingent of Board members, mindful that their, "Golden Gooseful" of RFL freebies, could be about to flee the nest. Already there has been an amount of controversy surrounding proceedings, firstly with the controvertial date set to conflict with Wembley Weekend. In my mind this showed contempt to the hard working volunteers who enjoy their annual pilgrimage to one of the game's showpiece events. Then there have been an amount of alleged dirty tricks seemingly aimed at one of the contenders for BARLA Chairmanship, with reports saying that they would not be considered, "a fit and proper person" to hold office by the RFL with the apparrent threat of BARLA losing its RFL membership status. And then we have reports of the RFL alledgedly claiming ownership of a BARLA member league and instructing a directive on their vote. Let's be completely honest about things as for decades the RFL had absolutely no interest in the amatuer game whatsoever. They and most professional clubs, were quite happy to sit back and reap the benefits of the hard working amatuer clubs' conveyor belt which produced players for the professional game. That was however, before the RFL discovered that the key to unlock the Sport England treasure chest, was to control the amatuer game. The RFL have reportedly said that the current BARLA chair works well with them for the benefit of the game. But I for one have yet to see evidence of this. In the years of stewardship under the present chair, the already dwindling amatuer game has stumbled along with no apparent purpose or structure other than to keep bankrolling the RFL with Sport England funding. Maybe a change of chair could bring with it; new leadership and guidance for the BARLA members. Could it bring a fresh invigorated approach to development which concentrates on not just the elite but is inclusive to everyone. Could a change refresh a tired, outdated looking association of clubs and leagues. Could it rescue the few competitions within the BARLA remit. Could a change see BARLA regain its own autonomy and restore respect back to the amatuer game?
  8. Surely you can't be accusing the RFL of operating under double standards. Now don't get me wrong, in my mind Tony Adams has been a great servant to club and country, just because he has erred in time gone by doesn't make him a bad person. Even his little dabble with Caprice shouldn't reflect on his present role. After all, all Caprice did was, "ride the Donkey" for a short while. But the RFL should be reminded of this when they start lobbing bricks at a potential BARLA game changer.
  9. With a simple word - everything. All that BARLA have created, introduced, established over its 40 odd years and have now been claimed by the RFL would be used and turned against BARLA. Put into perspective what is BARLA now? I wouldn't go as far and to agree with Mr O'Hare, yes maybe it's the boatd members who in his words are; coniving, manipulative and self serving but the name itself cannot be hung in the same way. For 30 odd years preceding the Genisis report and unification, BARLA always stood proud on its acheivements. From its very inception to that time, the association strove to serve the amatuer game and served it well. It was only when the RFL chose to covet the work done at West Yorkshire House when the thread began to unravel. And the reason that the RFL needed BARLA or more correctly BARLA Services, was the money that they could attract from Sport England funding. Yes about all what BARLA consists of now in open age terms is a worn down National Cup competition, the Cumbria County Cup, Yorkshire Cup, (the Lancashire Cup han't been played for over five years, a Three Counties tournament and a clapped out International programme. I think that the Youth equivalents fare some what better suprisingly, considering the visible lack of a BARLA Youth policy. The winter playing leagues are ever decreasing but this proccess was greatly accelerated by the RFL's quest for cash with the introduction of summer rugby. Sadly I could never see BARLA returning to former glories, but with the right plan in place, implemented with the right people, the association could begin to rebuild.
  10. Great point that you make about the longevity Cart's term in office both as District and County chair and BARLA's wiillingness to work with him without prejudice. I'm led to believe that it's the RFL who have trawled the litigation avenues. And you ask how the RFL can questio a legitimate BARLA voting proccess, the following transcript sent by a senior RFL employee may help to answer that question. "Further, the conclusion of that process made it clear that any person sitting at either Community Board or Council would, like all other RFL members, have to be able to satisfy the RFL Fit and Proper Person Test. The rules to which are clearly set out in the RFL Tier 1 – 3 Operational Rules section C. This is set out in the Terms of Reference for the Community Board that are currently being amended in line with all RFL Board Terms of Reference and will be finalised at the RFL Board meeting in August. It has been made clear to all throughout the process that the decision of who is the Chair of BARLA is one for its members but should a Chair be elected and they subsequently fail to meet the Test then BARLA’s seat within the RFL would not be able to be taken up." In my mind that is an open and direct threat from the RFL designed to intimidate. In that event, BARLA may have to decide would they wish to sacrifice their RFL membership to pursue its own sovreignty and governance. At this moment in time BARLA have not been preparing for this scenario so the consequence of leaving the RFL could be grave. However, would Mrs Taylor choose to remain as a board member if she lost the chair, why? Whst has she got to offer? All well and good if under her, the association had made great strides in development, participation and the good of the amatuer game in general, tbut it would take an investigation of forensic propotion to identify any positive in her favour. As for the rest of the board, I believe that the Pennine ARL contingent may hang around just to keep any skeletons well and truly in the closet and to be a nuisance value. I don't think that they would welcome any attempt to change. Certainly new board members must be saught in an attempt to bring enthusiasm and fresh thinking on board and people who are there for the game not themselves.
  11. We seem to be in a minority of not many my friend, a few who can get around the BARLA board's defences and have I would say a 99% idea of how and why the association has reached its present state. As for (with the exeption of one) regarding the board members, I am not aware of the full board courtesy of "site under development" on the BARLA website so I'm happy to accept your guidance. So where do you go from here? Would Carl make a difference should he win the vote, would the present board work with him, would - dare I say it - the RFL accept him under its terms of governance code, many, many questions that can only be aswered if he is successful in his bid for BARLA chair. I first met Carl head to head on the field around ten years ago and since then through various rugby avenues we frequently came into contact. I have always found him a good opponent who respects both team mates and opposition. He has lots of ideas he would like to impliment but this would be hard to achieve with the board in its current state. Yes we do need a governing body to oversee the running of the game and rightly or wrongly following the period of the Genisis consultation, BARLA did agree unification with the RFL over a decade ago. This has given the RFL the right to say, "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine also." How the RFL have handled the running of the amatuer game since then, is very much open to debate. However in my mind, once again the politics of the game are taking centre stage instead of the game itself and the sooner BARLA begiins to function as it should and the RFL desist in their futile power games, we may all be able to get on with the game.
  12. Sorry pal, I've put the wrong quote on to reply to, but an answer to cover most of your questions is that simply not many people outside the inner circles of BARLA are that bothered The RFL are obviously bothered enough to start openly slagging off a challenger to their grip on BARLA. You see for Sport England funding purposes it's important to create an image of the professional game working hand in hand with its amatuer brethren, whereas in reality there is no partnership between the two organisations whatsoever. And all Sport England funding is paid into RFL coffers which does not filter down to amatuer clubs. As for the member leagues - District and playing leagues - stepping in to remove the chair, you have to understand that it's a case of who on the board have the support/control of these. It's a case of back scratching and jobs for boys or in one case girls. And in her time as chair, the BARLA membership has diminished significantly by ditching bona fide unfriendly member league by one way or another. Now it seems that the BARLA chair has not blinked an eyelid as the RFL have (in their own words) claimed "legitimate ownership" of a long standing BARLA member league. It's my understanding that this action has been allowed in order to reverse a league mandate to vote against the chair in the approaching AGM. Maybe the RFL and the BARLA chair should take a quick glance at the BARLA constitution which clearly states, "BARLA and the RFL shall remain separate organisations.
  13. Absolutely BARLA isn't operating as it should be. Nowadays the once proud association is just a competition organiser and an organisation for individuals to hang their hat on for their own little power base. Not much more than five years ago BARLA were within a whisker of walking away from the grip of the professional arm of rugby league and go its own way. Many things were in place for this to happen and leagues and clubs were looking to the association for guidance which sadly was not forthcoming as the then chair was more bothered about protecting his own position. Again BARLA had the chance to regain its' more dynamic self when active board member Stuart Prior made a bid for chairmanship. However as Stuart was "different" someone who aspired to move the association forward, this made him unpopular with some static board members who drew their long knives and threw theirs - and their individual member leagues - support behind the present chair. Sadly if you'll excuse the pun, this was a "Taylor Maid" recipe for disaster. What is BARLA left with now? The association is gripped by RFL rule and although it's reported by the RFL that BARLA is always part of any decision making prossess, the association is never allowed to hold an objective view. I'm afraid that most board members seem to remain for just for their own personal egoistic interests with freebies (RFL Event tickets) thrown to them. Under the present chair's stewardship, BARLA has just spiralled into freefall with the RFL seemingly holding the association's destiny. The lack of positivity from BARLA is glaringly obvious with board members illfitting roles that they uncomfortably hold. It's obvious that there is no BARLA Youth policy, no development, no communication, the International programme is a sad, pale shadow of its former self and there is not much evidence of sponsors wanting to wear the BARLA badge. Sadly all this non-action is given a regular self gratifying pat on the back by a media manager who couldn't manage a ###### during a heavy bout of diarrhoea. Yes BARLA is in a sad state of affair with a change at the top offering strong, bold, dynamic leadership, the only cure.
  14. BARLA always kept the running Yorkshire Cup competition to themselves purely because of the income a final would bring to their coffers. The massive gates were achieved by the marketing, timing, venue and obviously the finalists themselves Sadly with the neglect of the competition by the organisers, gates of 2500 plus are a thing of the past.
  15. Yes of course you're allowed to think that way Jim even though with your straightforward talking you lend your thoughts to a wider audience. However my thoughts are that it looks as though many NCL playing teams are looking for a meaningful knockout competition which encompasses any amatuer team that plays in any league, regardless of whether it's RFL derived or a volunteer orientated league. I also think that if the BARLA National Cup continues to attract teams that play in the NCL competition, then the powers that be may just recognise the trend and be reluctant to rock the boat by imposing any scuppering sanctions.
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