The Southern Football and Netball League today announced that Chief Execuctive Officer Mike Palmer has decided to retire from his position with the League. This will bring to an end his season leading the organisation as he will finish with the SFNL on 31st October 2018.
Mike addressed the Board at its meeting on Tuesday 25th September outlining his decision to retire and consequently not see out his term as CEO.
His primary motivation to bring forward his retirement was based on an unexpected and challenging workload which was presented to him and the staff this season.
"It is disappointing that Mike will not be continuing with us into the future. We were excited by his appointment; however we understand that season 2018 presented him with a number of challenges leading to his decision to retire from full-time duties," SFNL Chairman Marc Gauci said.
Mike Palmer addressed the meeting by saying, “I have had outstanding support from the Chairman, Board and Staff of SFNL, however after finishing the season I have decided not to continue. It is important that the league has a person in place with the ability to provide a long term commitment to the League and on reflection, I am not in a position to do this completely."
"I would particularly like to thank all Club Presidents and key stakeholders for their support and I wish them all the very best for future seasons. As a collective, they are best placed to face the challenges ahead to build a strong and enduring league into the future."
Mr Gauci added: "We wish Mike all the best and thank him for his efforts. It is now time to look forward and we have a number of positive opportunities to take advantage of including our impending move to RSEA Park at Linton Street and also the continued growth of our football and netball competitions. SFNL is in good shape to continue building sustainability and growth for the long term."