Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

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Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by YAKC on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:54 am

Lots of bad feeling around both this and the NCL forums regarding BARLA and how it is run constitutionally, should it be changed ? and before anyone says can.t be done what are EGM'S for ?.
But before we change how many would we have willing to stand up for office no use complaining then sitting back and letting them get on with it.
Should district leagues run by dinasours be left to kill of BARLA ??

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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by Sam Armstrong on Fri May 01, 2009 12:15 am

Personally I think it should be re-thought and I for one would be willing to get involved ... but ... not with the Association in it's present tired and dated format. A major cull of the deadwood is needed and a re-branding of the Association prior to a major relaunch is now well overdue.

Anyone with any business acumen could quite easily utilise standard business tools & systems to determine where the problems are, what the Associations current good points which should be enhanced are and where clearly they are failing.

The BARLA "brand" needs a proper marketing strategy re-raising its' profile to remove the perception of an "old boys network run by out of touch dinosaurs" ... it needs vibrancy and dynamism to catch the attention of young players whilst not forgetting it's roots and it needs to stop merely being a thorn in the side of the RFL. Focus on what it's good at and stop being the tail trying to wag the dog!

Students, Schools and the Armed Forces RL all seem to be growing under the umbrella of the RFL and seem to be more than happy to develop a supported "partnership" which symbiotically benefits both partners .. so why can't BARLA? To me it seems that those purporting to represent us are in fact there more for expenses, self glorification and title holding and it is fear of loss of their own status that is creating the current siege mentality. Of course they won't support change ...... in the same way that you wouldn't expect turkeys to vote for Xmas!!

The Constitution which, I dare say, from a legal perspective, is good is not from a "taking the game forward" perspective. The role of the District Leagues within the Constitution needs reviewing ... why MUST teams who have no fixtures, no disciplinary processes, no registration support etc etc provided by many of their District Leagues HAVE TO be a member of one when they could simply be a member of their Playing League who DO provide the services? What purpose are they now serving?

To me, many DLs seemingly meet merely to repeat items already minuted from their RPLs, organise one annual local cup and collect payments for those players going on to sign professionally so why, why, why does this requirement remain??? Provide a value adding service and justify your existance or lets remove this seemingly unnecessary tier and many of the "old boys clique" who run them.

Clearly their is a need for structure within BARLA but it needs defining, procedures need reviewing, job descriptions need agreeing for each representative/role and measurable objectives need to be set to see who is serving their members and who is just going through the motions.

BARLA is, compared to many other industrial concerns, a large business and therefore needs to be well run by those with suitable professional qualifications in an equally professional manner ... it can no longer afford to keep harping back to past glories and needs evolution not necessarily revolution.

If the Association is prepared to review and, if needed, re-invent itself then it may not only survive but could once again become a meaningful force in Rugby League. Continue to batten the hatches and pretend that everything is okay and sadly it's days are numbered.
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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by mick doyle on Fri May 01, 2009 12:03 pm

Suitable professional qualifications what are you on Sam.
Lets not get lost here mate basic common sense is the order of the day and a basic degree of integrity.

We are all volunteers apart from the usual skool qualifications and a limited understanding of computers one or to of us do not do a bad job.

( the spelling mistakes are deliberate ) Laughing

The main problem within BARLA is the lack of knowledge of the youth and junior game amongst the current board .
And like you point out to much of an influence from the district leagues.

What we need is NEW BARLA ,A NEW BOARD ,WITH NEW IDEAS.

We have an excellent product covering all areas Open Age ,Youth ,Junior ,Mod and Mini.

But because of almost a total loss of credability at the very top we are going backwards as an organisation.

The RFL are picking up the bits one by one and who,s fault is that ?

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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by Sam Armstrong on Fri May 01, 2009 12:28 pm

Yes Mick I do believe we now need someone to run the Association in a proper professional manner .... like I said, it has to be "FOR amateurs" not "BY them" if we want BARLA to regain some respect and recognition.

This is no corner shop or 2/3 man business and as such it needs people capable of running large organisations to take it into the next years. There are plenty of "professionals" out there with "professional qualifications" who still play our amateur game ... lets use them and rid us of the "old boys", "flat cap, fags and whippets" image of the 70s!!!

The NW Counties youth/junior leagues have effectively reinvented themselves over the past two or three years with new images and more disciplined structures and look at the benefits in increased numbers we are consequently enjoying ... why can't someone with the right background do something similar for BARLA??
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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by mick doyle on Fri May 01, 2009 9:52 pm

Go for it then Sam Wink

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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by Sam Armstrong on Fri May 01, 2009 10:37 pm

Mick

Do you think that in it's current format that the Board would support change? Frankly I don't ... and until they are prepared to to embrace change & move forward then the downward spiral will continue.

Too many will try to hang on to their positions at any cost and those most incompetent and at long last highly likely to finally be justifiably pushed out at this year's AGM are, we hear, allegedly now going to seek positions on the Board as they call in votes from their District League buddies. It is individuals like this who have brought the Association to it's knees yet with the old boys network of back patters will be voted in and continue to eat away at BARLA's credibility.

No single individual can sort the problems out but a team of like minded individuals, supported from the top, can I believe.

This will mean a radical overhaul of the way that the Association runs and major changes to the Constitution whilst this work is in process. Sometimes there is a need to be "cruel to be kind" and there will, amongst the old guard, be some unpopular decisions as their authority is replaced but again to quote another cliche the "first cut is the deepest" and hopefully if that brief pain is endurable then change can begin and hopefully gather momentum in the same way that it must have done when the Association began.

BTW ... are we ALL insomniacs in the North West?? Do you think we should be getting more of these? Sleep
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Re: Should BARLA re-think its constitution?

Post by mick doyle on Sat May 02, 2009 4:19 am

Could not agree with you more Sam ,I have a cunning plan will be in touch.

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time for new younger people to run barla

Post by no problem on Sat May 02, 2009 8:33 am

time for a change,we need a more youthfull management,who are going to change with the times and not stay sat in a time zone.
coaches have had to change with new coaching idears,so its time for the rest to follow suit.even clubs have to get credited,
if this doesn`t happen then bomb barla off.what would change if we didn`t have barla??????????????????
we seem to talk about them enough,but always in a bad way,is this good for the game?
what have they done good for anyone this season?only cause unrest and do as they please,instead of what there members wont Mad

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