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All junior clubs in the West Region have received an email from Kenny Young, Yoker Atrhletic, announcing his intention to stand for the position of General Secretary at the forthcoming AGM. He has set out his position with regard to many of the matters which have been concerning clubs for some time.

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16 minutes ago, garrellburn said:

All junior clubs in the West Region have received an email from Kenny Young, Yoker Atrhletic, announcing his intention to stand for the position of General Secretary at the forthcoming AGM. He has set out his position with regard to many of the matters which have been concerning clubs for some time.

Discuss.

Please no

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44 minutes ago, garrellburn said:

All junior clubs in the West Region have received an email from Kenny Young, Yoker Atrhletic, announcing his intention to stand for the position of General Secretary at the forthcoming AGM. He has set out his position with regard to many of the matters which have been concerning clubs for some time.

Discuss.

Not from Yoker Athletic

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As very few of us will have access to club email, is there any possibility the letter can be reproduced here?

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The letter would presumably be issued to Club Secretaries only for them to discuss with their Committees and then instruct their representative to the A.G.M. on how to vote on behalf of the Club.

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5 hours ago, garrellburn said:

All junior clubs in the West Region have received an email from Kenny Young, Yoker Atrhletic, announcing his intention to stand for the position of General Secretary at the forthcoming AGM. He has set out his position with regard to many of the matters which have been concerning clubs for some time.

Discuss.

Surely no the Kenny Young that was at Lugar

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2 hours ago, archieb said:

As very few of us will have access to club email, is there any possibility the letter can be reproduced here?

If Kennie wants it to be made public, I'm sure he will post the contents on here.

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6 hours ago, garrellburn said:

All junior clubs in the West Region have received an email from Kenny Young, Yoker Atrhletic, announcing his intention to stand for the position of General Secretary at the forthcoming AGM. He has set out his position with regard to many of the matters which have been concerning clubs for some time.

Discuss.

 

1 hour ago, Chis said:

The letter would presumably be issued to Club Secretaries only for them to discuss with their Committees and then instruct their representative to the A.G.M. on how to vote on behalf of the Club.

I'm informed that Pollok FC have received no such email.

9 minutes ago, glensmad said:

If Kennie wants it to be made public, I'm sure he will post the contents on here.

If he doesn't it's not going to be much of a discussion.

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3 hours ago, glensmad said:

If Kennie wants it to be made public, I'm sure he will post the contents on here.

As he sent it out to (presumably all) club delegates it is hardly being kept a secret. I won't copy and paste it on here, that is for himself to do if he is serious about canvassing support for his nomimation.

Maybe Theresa May has eclipsed his campaign with her announcement this morning!

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Here's my letter -

Dear Secretary and club committee, I have recently sent in a letter to the Regional Secretary of the West Region of SJFA seeking election for the position of Regional Secretary of the West Region of the SJFA at the forthcoming A.G.M. of the Region. I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your club's support of my candidacy for the position.
At the last A.G.M. of the Region, Scott Robertson informed the meeting that he intended to resign from his position as Secretary at the end of Season 2016/17. At the end of that meeting I informed members of the Management that I would consider applying for that vacant position. At this season's Central Sectional League Cup, I confirmed that it was my intention to apply. Since then however, Scott has indicated that he would not be resigning after all. This obviously puts a different slant on things, but it is still my intention to seek election. I therefore respectfully ask that you consider my application.
I seek election based on the following pledges that I would hope the region would accept.
Internet Presence.
I believe that the current website we use is unattractive and minimal. I think it is time we upgraded to a stand-alone website that could be more eye-catching and informative. Something we could use as a marketing tool to promote the Region and the game in general.
We should also consider better use of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Cup draws for instance could be broadcast live using this form of social media.
Regional Cups
We really need to have a look at the Cup Competitions within the region.
The West of Scotland Cup has over the years become somewhat devalued and I think it is time to return it to its former glory, it is after all our main competition apart from the leagues and we need to treat it accordingly.
The Sectional League Cups have also suffered over the years and it has become stale and uninteresting for many clubs and fans alike. Many now see it as a list of glorified friendlies. Personally, I believe they are a good way of bridging the gap between pre-season friendlies and full competitive league games at the start of the season. Johnstone Burgh's proposal for a revamp of them looks very interesting and might be worth thinking about as it could freshen it up, whilst also cutting down on the number of games involved.
The Ayrshire Cup and Central Cups should continue as they are still relevant but again perhaps need a little bit more promotion.
The Evening Times Cup is one that definitely needs looked at seriously. This cup involves 5 teams at present, yet it inconveniences all 64 clubs in the region, due to the need to find out the league winners so that we can squeeze this competition in at the end of the season. Some clubs therefore find they are forced to play midweek games even though there are sufficient Saturdays left to play their remaining league fixtures. I would suggest opening it back up to include cup winners and play it throughout the following season with the final near the end of the season.
Marketing and Promotion
I believe we should have a complete investigation into new ways of marketing and promoting the Region, the Clubs and the game in general. Gone are the days when businesses were queuing up to get involved, now we need to go out there and get them, but we need to be able to offer them something better in return than what we have at present. We should also involve the fans more and engage with them wherever possible, Facebook, Twitter, Pie & Bovril etc, why not consider Question and Answer sessions at venues throughout the region? Cup draws being made at venues and broadcast live.
Fixtures and Fixture Lists
I know this is a contentious issue with probably every club in the Region and there is no easy answer to this nor is there a quick fix out there waiting to be used. I fully understand the needs and reasons why a club would want advanced fixtures of more than a couple of weeks at a time. I also fully understand the reasons why this is sometimes hard to achieve. We are hampered by the weather, by postponements, by Scottish Cup replays, Scottish Cup draws, and other reasons, but I do believe with a bit of effort a more workable list can be achieved. Some of the things that would help would be to get the Cups drawn with more than just 1 round at a time, clubs being willing to use floodlights, better planning of fixtures during the worst months of weather related problems, provisional fixtures for clubs facing Cup postponements. I would make it my promise that I would look at ways to make it better.
League Reconstruction
I have been visiting many clubs this year as I sought to find out what level of support I might have and one of the many questions I was asked was regarding League Reconstruction and how I felt about it. My answer was always the same. It is not a question for me to decide on, that is one for the clubs. Whatever decision the clubs make would be for me to follow and administer.
Regional Meetings
At present there is a meeting in January and a meeting in April. I believe that this is insufficient for a region of our size. But more importantly, I believe we need to make it worthwhile attending these meetings. How can we justify fining a club £50 for non-attendance when all we offer is a 20 minute meeting where nothing of importance happens? Two cup draws were made at the January meeting this year and that was it, meeting closed. A few clubs attempted to raise topics for discussion, but were informed that they were not appropriate and wouldn't be discussed. Why? What's wrong with talking about what concerns the clubs? We don't need to make decisions or take votes, but surely we can discuss matters of concern?
Closing remarks
These are a few of the issues facing the Junior game and The West Region and I know there is more to the Secretary's role than these. I am however confident that I am the right candidate for the position and I would look forward to the challenges ahead as the Region moves forward into a new era. I also see the role as one of administration of the policies and rules democratically laid down by the clubs and would seek to follow whatever road the clubs send me on. I would have an 'open door' policy and would welcome emails, messages, phone calls, social media or whatever method you care to use to contact me.
 
Kennie Young

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 I don't suppose there's any chance that Mr Grumpy will similarly set out his vision for the future?

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So is this now official that Kennie is standing, or can it be vetoed by the SJFA current committee? Just wondering as some of the comments and criticisms in Kennie's letter will not endear him to the beaks. Fair play to him though for having the cajoonas.

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1 hour ago, archieb said:

 I don't suppose there's any chance that Mr Grumpy will similarly set out his vision for the future?

 He doesn't have a vision for the future.  He just ambles along in his own wee world. 

 

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32 minutes ago, jimbaxters said:

So is this now official that Kennie is standing, or can it be vetoed by the SJFA current committee? Just wondering as some of the comments and criticisms in Kennie's letter will not endear him to the beaks. Fair play to him though for having the cajoonas.

Yes it's official, see the minutes of the March & April management committee meetings, very revealing. And on what basis could they exercise a veto?

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2 hours ago, archieb said:

 I don't suppose there's any chance that Mr Grumpy will similarly set out his vision for the future?

His vision of the future going by his fixture allocation barely extends beyond the end of the week!

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Well done Kennie.A very positive message.I pretty much agree with everything you say..The best of luck

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