IN A tacit admission that the Gammell Report has met with widespread opposition, the SRU has announced an extension of the consultation period in which clubs can ask questions and offer their responses to the document which has recommended radical reconfiguration of the governance structure of Scottish Rugby.
While the report was presented as a matter of urgency and the aim was to requisition a special general meeting this month, in order to vote on it in its entirety in February or March, this morning’s announcement to clubs makes no mention of an SGM. Instead, a joint meeting of the Scottish Rugby Board and Council will be held next month as a “key component” of the further consultation with clubs and other interested parties.
The report, presented by joint authors Sir Bill Gammell and Norman Murray last month, proposes far-reaching changes which would decrease the direct influence clubs can have on the SRU executive. It was suggested then that the report would have to be voted on in its entirety rather than being subject to amendment. Now, however, the prolongation of the consultation period makes it clear that, if the report is ever put to a vote at all, it might now be subject to extensive revision.
The statement, released to club representatives this morning, reads:
“The Board and Council of Scottish Rugby would like to thank Sir Bill Gammell and Mr Norman Murray for their Independent Review of the Governance and Business Review of Scottish Rugby.
“They have made a number of recommendations on the way forward.
“The Review and Recommendations are as previously noted under Consultation with feedback and questions coming in from member clubs until at least 29 January as the President has stated and noted in ‘Clubs Comms’ previously.
“The Board and Council acknowledge the commitment and dedication which has supported the Review and the time spent by everyone who has given their input.
“Board and Council are especially grateful to all Clubs and members who have taken the time to digest this significant Review and provide feedback so far.
“At this juncture the Board and Council wish to acknowledge that more work and time is needed beyond 29 January to ensure that further consultation is carried out ongoing with Member Clubs.
“A key component of this work will be a Joint Session of Board and Council in February, following which a further update will be provided to member clubs on next steps.
“The Board and Council once again pass on their grateful thanks to all those who have, and are supporting this important process. “