It’s all change in the Kilkenny & District League.
On Monday of this week a meeting was held to put an ad-hoc league management committee in place to oversee the running of league matters on a temporary basis. That much has come to pass meaning that domestic fixtures can return from this weekend with games having been suspended for the past fortnight.
The next step in a previously outlined process is to hold an EGM on 24 October which will see a more permanent league management committee put in place through to the end of the 2022/23 season. This will be followed by a further meeting of club officials to air any concerns or grievances with the league.
Now, the door is open to clubs and individuals to have their say and fill the roles required for the running of the league.
A release issued by the Kilkenny & District League on Wednesday morning breaks down the process.
Kilkenny & District League statement on nomination process
“Participation is a big word in voluntary sports organisations. This is your opportunity to participate in the management of soccer in the Kilkenny & District League (K&DL) area. Whether you are a member of club or just an individual interested in the promotion and management of soccer you can now step up and allow your name go forward for nomination to the League Management Committee (LMC) for a specific Officer post or just as a committee member for the remainder of 2022-2023 season.”
“The process is completely transparent, you must be nominated by a club in your area and have your nomination form signed by the Chairman & Hon Secretary of the nominating club. The form duly signed must be returned to the Ad-Hoc LMC Administrator Louise Doyle on or before 6pm on Monday 3 October. A list of nominations received by the LMC will be forwarded to all clubs seven days in advance of the Extraordinary General Meeting of the K&DL on Monday 24 October 2022.”
“Eleven positions in all have to be filled for the LMC and there is an absolute responsibility on each and every club to ensure that all posts are filled, because of the huge workload involved in the smooth and even administration of the K&DL. In the absence of sufficient nominations being received from the clubs the AHLMC will have the power to seek nominations from suitable persons and put their names before the EGM for election.”
“In the event of there being several nominees for a single Officer position, a secret ballot shall take place and the winner shall be declared by way of the person receiving the most votes. A Ballot paper listing the nominees shall be issued to each of the entitled Club Representatives before the vote. If there is a tie following the count there shall be a run-off between the candidates and in the event of a further tie the casting vote of the Presiding Trustee shall decide the outcome of such ties.”
“In the event of a number short of the requisite number of eleven persons, the new LMC shall have the power of co-option to fill any vacancies. The LMC shall be obliged to have a minimum of five persons in order to have a quorum to operate and administer the League. The League cannot operate without the principal Officer posts of Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Registrar filled. The LMC shall fill other posts from within the committee or may delegate special powers to suitable persons external to the committee such as Referee’s Fixtures Appointment Secretary etc.”
So, what happens next?
From the above, the next steps for clubs in Kilkenny (or individuals wishing to be put forward) is for a club to nominate an individual or individuals, with a nomination form signed by the club chair and secretary and forwarded to Louise Doyle (administrator, Highview Athletic) by 6pm on Monday 3 October.
The new league management committee will then be decided on 24 October.
With the appointment of the ad-hoc league management committee earlier this week, games will continue until at least 24 October.