Individuals can make a difference

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Let me spin you a story.

It’s the annual meeting at your local club so various factions are angling for election to the committee. Now Mr Pendle may not see the point of changing faces, but some have very different views and will make great changes to his club.

Take Saj and his friend Dave who, while having been on the committee for a considerable time, want to make drastic changes to the rules which could force it to withdraw from the national competition to become a regional superpower.

Then there is Paul and his fellow member Nigel, also present committee members, who have been anti from the start. They want to leave the present set-up and set up a rival one. They rarely attend meetings anyway.

Next along come Ali and Ed. They say very little. No one is sure where they stand on anything.

Finally, it’s Chris and Nick, always enthusiastic members, fully committed members yet quietly critical of certain rules and practices but prepared to get changes by discussion and debate rather than outright confrontation.

When these four groups produce their manifestoes it becomes clear that: 1, Saj and Dave want to be obstructive and want their own way, they want to be bully boys; 2, Ali and Ed still have no vision about what sort of future they want; 3, Paul and Nigel really want to take the club out of Rugby League and convert it to Rugby Union rules - a complete break with everything the club stands for; 4, Chris and Nick, however, wish to continue with Rugby League, but do see the need to work with others to make improvements to make it relevant to changing conditions.

So there are your choices. Who said individuals cannot make a difference?

Derek Mann

Knotts Lane, Colne