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Scottish Football Governing Bodies Agree To Changes

Thu 24th Apr 2014 | Football Governance

The Boards of the Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League have agreed on a number of proposed changes to the make-up of the Professional Game Board.

A number of resolutions were put forward including the Professional Game Board being able to appoint two members to the Scottish FA Board which will go forward without amendment.

Elections of President or Vice-President will be amended so that anyone standing for election must also have completed at least one year’s service (rather than four) in an official capacity within the Scottish FA or other recognised football body.

The resolution on the issue of new members will be withdrawn. There will be a new resolution, which will deal with the appointment of new full members such that they will need to be licensed clubs.

The Professional Game Board will, in future, be involved in the budget-setting and policy-setting processes for Scottish football, with the Scottish FA Board retaining overall responsibility for the financial budget relating to performance and football development. The resolution on this issue will be withdrawn.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “I am glad that after consultation Board-to-Board at Hampden Park today we have reached a positive outcome for all parties.

“The Scottish FA is committed to the objectives outlined as part of the McLeish Review on Scottish Football, especially since we are beginning to see green shoots throughout our National Youth Teams and in via our Performance Strategy.

“It is important that we continue to work together with the SPFL, as with all other football bodies, to ensure that we take the national game forward both at senior professional level and in grassroots.”

Neil Doncaster, Scottish Professional Football League Chief Executive, added, “Today’s discussions were very productive and have given us a platform on which to continue the progress made since last year’s league reconstruction.

“The SPFL aims to work in partnership with the Scottish FA to ensure the senior professional game in Scotland is as vibrant as possible.

“The agreements reached at Board level today demonstrate that relationship and will give the professional game the increased influence it has been seeking.”

Image: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann - Action Images 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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