Cove Cobras Football Club
Wednesday 25 Sep 2019
Cove Cobras Football Club tenancy not renewed
Marion Council has decided not to renew the tenancy of the Cove Cobras Football Club at the Cove Sports and Community Club.
The CCFC have until midnight, 25 October 2019 to vacate the ratepayer-owned premises.
The independent investigation concluded:
- Inappropriate behaviour, disrespectful language and intimidating conduct by numerous CCFC members and associates has resulted in other sporting clubs not using the facility because they feel unwelcome or unsafe.
- Insulting sexist language directed at a female staff member and sexual harassment of female netball players.
- The CCFC has a sense of entitlement and ‘ownership’ of the facility, with other clubs experiencing territorial or unwelcome acts when they attempt to use it.
- The behaviour is widespread and part of a club culture that is condoned and, in some cases, practised by some senior members of the CCFC.
Council made the decision to not renew tenancy after considering the report at its meeting of 24 September 2019.
What were the key reasons behind Council’s decision?
What prompted the investigation?
Were the CCFC given a chance to respond to the allegations?
What about the women’s and junior teams?
When was the club notified?
What other sports clubs use the facility?
What has Council done to protect users of the facility?