David Lloyd-Williams continues to chart how the controversial GMS came to fruition in the second part of our exclusive series on a system which officials hope will lift the grassroots game
When the GMS concept first arose, England Hockey’s Rich Beer and I saw this as the obvious way forward for the domestic game and the prospective new Areas. Having agreed on some basics, we wrote a high level piece and circulated it to a handful of wise heads.
This group met just before Christmas 2019 at Bisham Abbey. At this point, it wasn’t a project in any shape or form. There was no budget, no plan, and above all, no certainty that this would ever happen. We made some big decisions which seemed obvious only in hindsight.
Our league software would exist only as a stand-alone, back-end admin system. It would not have its own front-end website.
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In the next article, we’ll hear about how simplification seemed too radical, and how the GMS project started to run into problems.
David Lloyd-Williams is current and past volunteer for the London League, ex-Chair of Southgate HC