One of the recommendations of the Crawford Report into Football was that standing committees for the various facets of the game be created, so that those areas of the game had a voice.
There is much debate as to the power of these committees, and the composition of some has been brought into question since Football West’s inception. It has also appeared over time that those running the game see them as more of a hindrance than a help, and in some cases that accusation may well be true, as some representatives on these committees have forgotten that they are there to represent the game not just one club and its interests.
It appears though that one such committee is beginning to get a little frustrated as it feels its openness is being stifled. Soon after his appointment as CEO of Football West Peter Hugg was invited to attend a meeting as an observer. He has according to one member of the committee now made a habit of attending their meetings.
The Chair of this particular Standing Committee so we are told seems happy to ignore the wishes of some of his fellow members and is not prepared to ask the CEO to leave them to their own devices, which seems a little strange.
It is understood that many now feel that their ability to speak openly and honestly about issues has been compromised, and they would like to see the CEO withdraw from such meetings. His presence is believed to silence some members and concerns that they have are not being given the necessary airing that they require.
Someone needs to speak up, or they need to appoint a new Chair, who listens to their concerns and acts upon them; After all they are the game’s representatives and are expected to do what is best for the game. We have no doubt that if asked the CEO will understand and withdraw.