The CF10 Arms Park Rugby Trust have penned an open letter to the management of both Cardiff Blues Limited and Cardiff Athletic Club in light of recent events.
In the words of CF10, “The poor relationship which exists between the two inextricably linked organisations is doing immeasurable reputational damage to Cardiff rugby and is a major factor in our fall from grace in the rugby world.”
It continues, “The payment of rent arrears and the withdrawal of legal action yesterday is to be welcomed but it’s only an immediate problem solved which awaits the next catastrophe.”
This follows the news that CAC have confirmed payment of outstanding rent owed on the lease of the Arms Park, with a statutory demand having been made to CBL that could have resulted in a winding up order being issued.
CF10’s letter is particularly critical of how both sets of management have treated supporters/members, “Each side blames the other but the fact of the matter is that both sides have to take responsibility for the poor relationship which exists between them.
“Each continues to ignore, and fails to communicate with, their principal stakeholders: their shareholders, members and supporters. The voice of spectators has been ignored for far too long and we would go so far as to say there has been a lack of respect shown to stakeholders by both parties.
“There appears to be a belief that the Boards and Management Committees are only accountable to themselves and not to those they are meant to serve. As a result, there is currently a complete lack of confidence that the challenges facing Cardiff rugby can be effectively solved. This cannot continue.”
In terms of moving forward with the relationship between CAC, CBL, members and supporters, CF10 suggest that the managements need to come together to form a common vision for the future, with needs to cover;
- Relationships and behaviour change: establishing trust and confidence between each other.
- A vision for Cardiff rugby: including the professional team; the semi-pro team and the development of players.
- The redevelopment of Cardiff Arms Park as a partial means to achieving the above and not as an end in itself.
- The means by which the above will be achieved and the actions which each party commits to undertake.
The letter concludes, “We believe that supporters should be part of these discussions as they have much to contribute and can play a major role in moving things forward, but that view is unfortunately not shared by either party.
“We challenge you to reconsider that position and to avail yourselves of the kind of stakeholder passion, experience and insight that most organisations would give their all for. It could just help get things over the line and certainly could not make things any worse.”
CBL and CAC have both been invited to reply, but at the time of writing have chosen not to do so publicly.
You can read the full CF10 Arms Park Rugby Trust letter here.