Athletic Union President, Lewis Timms, has taken “full responsibility” for kit failing to be ready for the BUCS Cross Country and BUCS Indoors Athletics championships.
In an email to all Athletics club members, he said there had been a “breakdown in communication in the AU and the order was not sent off to Kukri at the correct time”.
Unequivocally, Timms took the blame on behalf of the Athletic Union.
“This is not a fault of Kukri’s and the AU takes full responsibility for the mistake.”
This news follows a catalogue of mismanagement by the body over the last few months, the most high profile of which involved Timms being forced into an embarrassing u-turn on the STI Sport Tours deal. A gagging order was also placed on the rowing club off the back of opposition to their planned relocation to Nottingham.
The deadline for Athletics club kit orders had been November 22, with members being told purchases were compulsory for anyone wishing to compete in BUCS and that if they missed this deadline they would not be able to get clothing until the summer.
In his email, Timms clarified the situation as it stands for those who have made orders.
“All kit will be delivered in due course and you will receive an email when your kit is ready for collection. We have asked Kukri if they can make a special attempt to quicken the delivery and they are trying to see what they can do.”
Both AU candidates in the upcoming Executive Elections, Tim Jenkins and Jennie Cooper, have told this publication they wish to put communication at the heart of their manifestos when they begin their campaigns to replace Timms on Sunday.