STEPPING IN: Football Stanthorpe patron Vic Pennisi has taken on the president's role until someone else puts up their hand.
STEPPING IN: Football Stanthorpe patron Vic Pennisi has taken on the president's role until someone else puts up their hand. Matthew Purcell

Footy leadership's in the air

Football: Football Stanthorpe is in limbo, with nobody stepping to the fore to take on the president's role for 2019.

In lieu of a nomination, Football Stanthorpe patron Vic Pennisi has been ushered into the position for the interim.

Two-term chief Brian Westerhout has opted not to take up the presidency next year. Other positions have been filled, but it begs the question - who will take the reins for the 2019 season?

"The patron role comes with some strings, which a lot of patrons don't realise, but it depends on your constitution,” Pennisi said.

"If there are issues within the organisation then a patron's role is to step in and do that. They asked me to take on the chair's position but I said I'd step in as the patron and help them find a president.

"In the meantime you've still got to continue on and there's a competition to organise for next year. There's plenty of people there, good and talented people, around the committee.”

Pennisi, who has been involved in local football for roughly four decades, said the focus for an incoming chairperson should ideally be around player, coach and referee development.

"If you do those things really well, you'll end up with a much higher standard of competition.

"From a community point of view, the focus should be on participation too.

"Too many people are not involved in sport in any form. Sometimes we believe we're playing this game for sheep stations and we're not.

"There's a big focus on silverware ... we've lost the fun a bit.”

He believes an outside assessor should be appointed to evaluate the competition and get a long- term strategy in place.

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Even if we do find a new chairman, I'd probably be very happy helping them go down that path. (A review) is absolutely critical, but the worst thing you can do is rush it.

"Someone will step up. It's about identifying those who have the passion. There's a lot of people who would have the capacity to do this.”

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