SMiSA votes to back Glen­vale – de­spite Scott’s con­cerns

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SMiSA have pushed through pro­pos­als to fi­nan­cially back lo­cal ama­teur side, Glen­vale BC – de­spite chair­man Gor­don Scott ad­mit­ting con­cerns.

Glen­vale will re­ceive £1,820 as part of the most re­cent spend by the trust to help pro­vide coach­ing for young­sters in the lo­cal area. In the wake of the pro­posal be­ing put to vote, the Saints chair­man in­sisted it put him and the club in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion due to St Mir­ren pro­vid­ing their own coach­ing through Street Stuff.

He said at the time:“I ex­plained to SMiSA that the club al­ready pro­vide these pro­grammes through our Street Stuff and com­mu­nity pro­grammes so they would ef­fec­tively be fund­ing a pro­ject that would im­pact on our ex­ist­ing classes.

“I also ex­plained that if they put this op­tion in then I would be forced to post this ar­ti­cle and that in it­self could jeop­ar­dise our re­la­tion­ship with Glen­vale. De­spite this they have de­cided to in­clude it in the £2 spend any­way.

“I need to sup­port the staff at this football club who I am con­stantly push­ing to in­crease num­bers at our com­mu­nity classes.

“I feel that I would not be giv­ing our staff the sup­port they de­serve if I was to not make the clubs po­si­tion clear on this.”

How­ever, SMiSA mem­bers have voted through the pro­pos­als. with 53 per cent of vot­ers sup­port­ing the op­tion.

SMiSA have moved to re­as­sure mem­bers that there is no is­sue be­tween them and the club in the wake of the vote, with me­as­sures be­ing taken to en­sure that Glen­vale’s fund­ing will not im­pact on the club’s own ini­tia­tives.

A SMiSA spokesman ex­plained: “Some mem­bers will have no­ticed that the Glen­vale BC pro­ject stim­u­lated a bit of de­bate, with con­cerns raised this could be seen as in com­pe­ti­tion with the club’s own com­mu­nity pro­gramme.

“To ex­plain how this came about, SMiSA were ap­proached by Glen­vale weeks ago with a good pre­sen­ta­tion on their plans to pro­vide coach­ing for young­sters who may not oth­er­wise have been able to af­ford it.

“As a com­mu­nity ben­e­fit so­ci­ety, SMiSA felt this was in keep­ing with our pur­pose and agreed to put the pro­ject to mem­bers as part of the bal­lot.

“The club’s con­cerns were put to us and taken on board, how­ever it was de­cided we should let our mem­bers choose if they wanted to sup­port the pro­ject or not.

“We have talked it through with Gor­don Scott and the club, and all par­ties have agreed to work to­gether to min­imise any im­pact on the club’s com­mu­nity ses­sions. Part of Glen­vale’s pro­posal is to host ses­sions in the Air­dome, mean­ing there will be rental in­come for the club.

“SMiSA is very sup­port­ive of the ex­cel­lent work done by the club’s own com­mu­nity team, who we are pleased our mem­bers also this month agreed to sup­port through the pur­chase of new equip­ment.”

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