Interim Events Manager, Guy Kersey, has submitted his resignation to the BAFA Board. In his statement shared via DblCoverage.com, Kersey cites budget cuts and differing values with the rest of the Board as to why he chose to step down from the role.
Having assumed the Events Manager role following the quiet departure of Andrew Free, Kersey’s first event was the 2018/19 BUCS Finals which were widely praised for their smooth production and extra ‘flair’ added to the event; pyrotechnics and a live onsite replay screen, all of which added to a great atmosphere at the BUCS finals, even if both scorelines ended up being rather one-sided.
There were however those that questioned the necessity of the additions and potential extra expense incurred, and following BAFA’s announcement of their intention to appoint a paid Chief Executive Officer by the end of the summer, it looks like Kersey, who runs his own Events company among a number of successful enterprises as well as shares in UK American Football Live and DblCoverage.com, believes moving forwards resources will be moved away from league events into other areas, such that he will not be able to create events he feels would meet his professional standards.
“I wanted to update the community that I have made the decision to step down as Interim BAFA Events Manager. Initially, the role was never offered past the BUCS Finals, and though at first I was happy to continue in the role and deliver the Britbowl finals later this summer, decisions by the BAFA board left me feeling I had no choice but to offer the Board my resignation. I did not come to this decision lightly, but I felt it was best to make the move as early as possible to allow the board as much time as possible to deliver their Britbowl Finals, rather than continue in the role only to end up stepping away closer to the event.I reached this decision based upon a number of considerations, including the following;– The Britbowl budget has been significantly reduced, with half the budget of the BUCS Finals, despite being a two-day event as opposed to the one-day BUCS Finale. As such, I felt this would lead to the finals being a low-level event I wouldn’t be proud to put my name to. I have spent many years building up my professional reputation and I believe the Britbowl finals could not be delivered to the standard I would expect of myself, nor that which should be expected as the showpiece event of a National Governing Body.– Over recent weeks I have found it increasingly difficult to support the board’s decisions.I want to thank the continuing board members for their support and wish them every success in the future.Guy Kersey”
With announcements about the date and location of this year’s Britbowl expected imminently, Kersey’s focus will instead turn to his role with the Leicester Falcons as they battle to build on last year’s success in the ever-competitive Premiership North, and to UKAFL, who are continuing to expand their coverage of games from all across the UK this summer.