Bugger off, your post said I was apologising, I wasn’t letting that stand as I point blank had not accused you of anything.
Now back to the actual topic, any comment on the fact that the document doesn’t tell you what they actually got given for networks or how long they were planning on spending it over? Without this information I cannot see how you can draw any conclusions at all, other than they were trying to obtain funding for grass roots clubs. What exactly do you find odd about that?
MarkE….I’ve changed my mind. Your last post was pertinent for this tread. You were right to point out that not all of the 52 Networks or supported well by all clubs…. But it’s not the impression given in the glossy document. Embellished truth?
Interesting view. My experience in London and South is the opposite, .I would have said it the other way round. IMO, most Networks did a good job and value for money. But there lies one of the key problems with our NGB…They were/are useless at monitoring performance, and too secretive when publishing facts and figures. (eg coach numnbers )
MarkE, perhaps the numerous clubs that formed the 7 London Networks were more engaged, proactive and out-performed the East Midlands……But happy to take what you say as based on your local knowledge…..However, the funding submission document made bold dubious statements based on what they said had already been achieved by the 52 Networks. There are numerous examples of this throughout the documents. a couple more examples:
. We have created a community sport system of 52 Athletics networks, covering
the country, and engaging directly with over half a million participants (Oh really ?)
—More people are active in athletics and running in areas with Athletics Networks
than in areas without. (Says who? , no justification)
–Average membership has increased in size across all clubs between 2008 and
2010. Network clubs are significantly larger than non-network clubs, and grew
at a faster rate over the period.” ( No supporting figures )
Do you have any figures to show the contrary? Or are you just now doing exactly what I suggested would not he useful i.e. Just saying “I just don’t think that sounds right”. Call it a premonition but it was pretty clear it wouldn’t take long for you to resort to this.