It has been a time for letters obviously as last week I received a copy of a letter sent out by the Town of Vincent about the proposed “Home of Football,” that was much talked about at Litis Stadium, the home of Floreat Athena.
Having attended a couple of the public meetings on the issue it had a lot of plusses although many of the residents minds were so closed to the idea it was embarrassing. The least they could have done was attend the meeting with an open mind, maybe that was the problem.
The letter stated that Football West had advised the Town of Vincent that they were no longer interested in pursuing the concept. The reasons given being as follows:
1. “A lack of funding – primarily due to Australia being unsuccessful for a world cup bid in 2018 and/or 2022.” – (we were actually only bidding for 2022).
2. “Opposition from certain members of the Town of Vincent Community.”
3. “The opportunity to co-locate with Perth Glory Football Club on tertiary institution land to establish combined training and administrative facilities (as recently announced on 03 March 2011 by Perth Glory)”
This letter raises several issues, have any of football’s stake holders been advised? Is there a story on the Football West website letting people know that this plan is no longer going to happen?
We were told at length when the design was revealed how the new Chairman Mr Bob Kucera had worked tirelessly on this project last year, and few doubted that. The question has to be what was the contingency plan? Surely we did not put all of our future eggs in the one basket?
As much as there may be benefits being based in the same building as Perth Glory, is this a good fit? One is a privately owned company, with an owner who could walk away from the club at the drop of a hat. The other is a not-for-profit organization charged with running the game at all levels. Yes there should undoubtedly be a relationship between the two for the betterment of football and Western Australian talent, but it should be at arm’s length.