Officials quit Mitre Prostar East Kent Youth Football League after controversy over Canterbury City's rejection
Nine members of the Mitre
Prostar East Kent Youth League committee are stepping down, with
some citing the fall-out from Canterbury City’s rejection last year
as the reason.
Chairman Les Barleycorn, secretary Denise Young and fixtures
secretary Phil Gurr are among those who will not be seeking
re-election at the annual meeting in June.
They will be joined by minutes and
events officer Lorraine Gurr, league welfare officer Dave
Harrington, registration secretaries David Young and Anthony Gurr,
plus committee members Gary and Mandy Dodd.
Mr Barleycorn said his decision was
for personal reasons but others admit they are calling it a day in
the aftermath of City’s threat, which was subsequently withdrawn,
to take legal action after their application to join the league was
rejected by clubs.
City lost out by a majority of
eight votes, with six abstentions, amid accusations of them
"poaching" players and coaches, which they denied.
League secretary Denise Young said
she did not want to be put under that pressure again.
She said: "The letters and phone
calls and everything else that ensued wasn’t pleasant. I am not a
lawyer or barrister. We are all volunteers and it was a lot to take
"Clubs have been informed about the
situation and people were quite shocked and surprised about it but
when I explained the reasons, they completely understood."
The outgoing officers are confident
about the future of the league, which has around 350 teams and
5,500 players – boys and girls – across South and East Kent.
Do you think the league
will be adversely affected by the departure of the nine
officials? Have your say below.
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