'If nobody wants those roles the club has to fold'
IT IS annual general meeting season in the South Burnett, with sporting teams sounding out nominations for committee positions as they prepare for a big year of sport in 2017.
Touch football, basketball, netball, rugby league, cricket - you name the sport, it needs volunteers to help keep the game afloat.
But clubs are struggling for support this year, with vacant positions across the board bringing the future of many of our beloved clubs into question.
One such club is the Kingaroy Red Ants, who had to reschedule their AGM after an executive committee was unable to be formed.
Outgoing president Mick Dugdell said there was a very real possibility the club could fold if a committee was not formed.
"The case with any incorporation is if they can't find a committee you can't have a club,” Dugdell said.
"We're just trying to put it out there amongst the members that is the reality of the situation. If nobody wants to take on those roles the club has to fold, that comes from the office of fair trading.”
Dugdell believes people overestimate the requirements of a committee member at a club like the Red Ants, and said a good team will always make light work of the tasks at hand.
"I think the issue is that people are time poor these days and feel that a role takes up a lot of time, but in reality if you have a good team behind you it doesn't take up much time at all,” Dugdell said.
"It's a general trend everywhere, people are busy and think these roles take up a lot of time but if you've got the right people in your coordination roles it's not that big a role at all.”
After four years in the position Dugdell said the time was right for him to move on from the club now that his son was no longer playing, but is more than willing to lend support to the incoming committee should they need it.
"Four years is enough for anybody in a committee, you need to get fresh blood and new energy in there,” Dugdell said.
"We need some of the parents of the younger kids to step up and start taking direction of the club while their kids are there.”
President and secretary are the two major roles the club is yet to fill, with a number of minor positions also still vacant.
Dugdell said he enjoyed every moment of his involvement with the Red Ants. "Everything I've done within the club over the last four years has been very rewarding,” Dugdell said.
"It's a great place to learn skills if you're trying to move within different roles in your working life.
With the Western Mustangs recently announcing an extended catchment area to include the South Burnett, Dugdell said it was an exciting time to be a part of South Burnett rugby league.
"We've managed to get that many NRL reps within the South Burnett, and now the Mustangs are trying to develop that pathway to those levels we can only hope a few more kids get into those representative arenas,” Dugdell said.
The club's rescheduled AGM will be held on Thursday, November 10.