The AGM of the Federation took place at Burntwood Rugby Club in Staffordshire at 11am on Sunday 15th January. A friendly gathering of Interested parties assembled, with several Clubs represented, including LCS, Triple F, Olney and Diesel Power. Apologies for absence were taken and the minutes of the 2016 AGM were read out and all matters arising from those minutes were discussed.
Reports from the various Officials were given, including the Secretarys Report, where Nicky Ducket was standing down and she was thanked for her work and efforts on behalf of the Federation during the previous 12 months. The Treasurers report included the presentation of the balance sheet which showed the Federation to be in a healthy position financially. All officers present and absent were thanked for their work.
The election of Officers followed. There were a few changes, and the new list for 2017 is as follows:
Chairman and Secretary: Shaun Jose
Vice Chairman: Henk Kruse
President: Dave Ling
Treasurer: Steve Gardner
Proposals put to the AGM were then thoroughly discussed.
Proposal 1 was agreed and passed and is active immediately for the 2017 season
1 There shall be no affiliation fee for Individual Members of the Federation
REASON: There is no need for there to be any individual members. All Officers of the Federation and Officials (Active Judges and Timekeeper Recorders) Shall be accorded individual membership whilst in post and will be entitled to one vote. At the AGM. The Affiliated teams will remain entitled to three votes per team.
The cost of team Affiliation will be reduced to £25. All affiliated teams can then continue to pay £7.50 per weight at events whilst non-member teams pay £10. If a team enters and pays for all weights on the day they can enter ‘B’ teams at no further cost.
Two other proposals were discussed and it was agreed to continue accordingly for the next 12 months as a trial period:
Pulls will remain as ‘Best of Three’ unless there are 5 or more teams in a group, at that point it will go to ‘Best of two’ ends, as per TWIF International Rules.
The 3+3 Category will change to 450 kilos, in line with 600 kilos which is recognised at 8 a side competitions
Any 6 a side weight can be entered by a team of 8 females so long as they can make the weight class (except 3+3)
The Fixture list for 2017 was compiled, including a Memorial fixture in memory of Maurice Simons to be held on Saturday 15th July at Midville in Lincolnshire, and overnight camping for the Saturday night will be available. (The Fixture List details will be released shortly)
The Date and Venue of the 2018 AGM was set (again details will be released shortly)