IT’S OFFICIAL - fines are just fine for business!
It was announced at the annual meeting of the Kilkenny & District that income from club fines has almost doubled from last season. In 2011 the Kilkenny & District Leagues junior council’s accounts showed an income of E2,669 from fines. In 2012 the figures jumped to E4,875.
The junior income was also swelled by an increase in affiliation fees. The 2012 books showed affiliations brought in E25,780, a rise of more than E1,700 from the E24,070 figure in 2011.
In terms of expenditure the League recorded that more than E1,800 had been spent in designing and launching the new website, www.kkleague.com. They also showed an increase of close to E1,000 in hotel and travelling fees (up to E3,425 from E2,463) but their bill for maintenance of the clubhouse and pitch was slashed - down to E4,673 from E10,103 in 2011.
At schoolboys’ level there was a sharp decrease in the level of sponsorship brought in for leagues at this grade. Income was down to E850 in the 2012 books from E2,090 in 2011.
There was a noticeable drop in the level of grant money the Kilkenny & District League was allocated from the Schoolboys’ FAI (SFAI) in 2012. The League was given a grant of E9,000 in 2011 for the Emerging Talent programme, but that dropped to E5,500 in the 2012 financial year.
In 2011 the SFAI gave an Annual Grant of E3,811 to the Kilkenny & District League. There was no grant this season but, like the Emerging Talent grant, this was part of a decrease across a national level.
Despite this there was a slight increase in income for 2012 from 2011 (up from E32,682 to E33,642). However expenditure was also up - one major increase was the cost of sportsgear, which jumped from E3,462 in 2011 to E11,937 - giving the schoolboys’ account a deficit of €1,494.
There was also a loss recorded in the League’s lotto. Income for 2012 was down almost E10,000 in lotto receipts to E36,784 from E46,734. With expenditure at E37,19 for the season, there was a deficit of E407 from something the League had hoped would be used for the benefit of its clubs.
“At the start of the year the lotto was struggling,” said John Corrigan. “We had six or seven clubs show an interest at the start of the season - three or four clubs did well for a few weeks but it quickly dropped off.
“The League would appeal again to clubs to take up the lotto,” he said. “As clubs get 60% of what they make it’s a great way to help keep them ticking over financially.”
The League also agreed to look at ways to drive on the popularity of the lotto. Pat McAuley (Ormonde Villa) suggested a promoter’s prize, introduced on a trial basis, to encourage more people to sell the tickets.
“We have always seen it as a great fund-raiser,” he said. “Out of every E10 you bring in the club keeps E6.”
The League also held their annual election of officers. Outgoing officers John Corrigan (chairman), Tom Mullins (secretary), P.J. O’Neill (registrar) and Martin Carrigan (auditor) were re-elected unopposed. The League also welcomed Jack Daly (Clover United), Fran Egan (Thomastown United) and Paul Butler (Freebooters) as new committee members.
The League also passed a motion to retain the under-17 and under-19 league season for next season. The motion was proposed by Thomastown United, who suggested it was a way to keep younger players who were not ready for junior level at clubs for longer.
The meeting also carried the motion to introduce a cap on the number of Development Squad players who can transfer to clubs. For the new season, clubs can only sign two additional Development Squad players across their entire under-12 to under-16 grades. The motion, which was unanimously carried by clubs was designed to protect smaller clubs from losing large numbers of players.
Several other requests will be studied by the League in the near future. These include the restructure of the ladies league, which includes the potential addition of a Plate competition, an under-18 league for girls, a reserve league for B teams at junior level and the possibility of getting referees for matches at under-12 level.