The recent statement from Yorkshire CCGBA indicated that the British CGBA is still expecting all clubs to pay their annual dues and these should be collected as usual. The statement also says.....
BCGBA position is that their financial position is precarious and that they cannot operate without income from fees from clubs, the situation regarding Sports Bodies and grants to keep going is unclear for bodies like the BCGBA.
I do know that for some clubs this will be very bad news. Some clubs have seen membership tumble in recent years and we all know that interest in our sport is on the decline. The number of clubs and teams operating in almost every League in the country is dropping.
So at a time when there is no bowling to look forward to, when many clubs will have problems collecting any income at all and are still expected to maintain their greens and buildings where does the BCGBA expect these clubs to get their money from?
I call on the BCGBA to be transparant in their intentions for this money. It is clear that they will not be running any competitions this year hence no prize money to pay out so what do they need the money for? Tell us.
It is unbelieveable that an organisation with an investment fund of over £200,000 is pleading poverty and bleeding dry the very heart of it's sport. Expecting clubs to contribute further to their slush fund while offering nothing in return is a totally out of touch approach.
I have no doubt they will plead that this £200,000 is in long term investment funds that will incur penalties if withdrawn. Gentlemen these are unprecedented times and demand unprecedented action. This is not normal, start thinking outside of the regimented approach which has blinkered your reaction to an emergency situation. You are killing our clubs, killing our sport. Such a short term approach is doing irrepairable damage to bowling and will eventually damage the BCGBA itself.
Decisions taken at this time will have more significant affect than is normal and bad decisions will impact even more. This is a very bad decision that has not been fully thought through by an organisation that is alienating its membership at a time when they could do so much good. The opportunity has been missed and I would urge them to rethink this totally blinkered approach when they can only see their own selfish needs regardless of the devastating impact they are inflicting on member clubs and inevitably their own continuing existence.
They are in danger of losing more members, going out of existence whilst holding a financial nestegg of a quarter of a million pounds. Financially successful but bankrupt of members - what a legacy!