Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Have you the skills and competences to help to set the strategic direction of our sport and our Association? Check out the BPA Council Member role description. Nominations are invited for ten Elected Council Members on BPA Council 2017. Nominees need to be proposed and seconded by current full BPA Members. To stand, please visit the BPA nominations website hosted by independent election administrators Mi-Voice at https://mi-nomination.com/bpa Nominations close at noon on Tuesday 15 November 2016. If there are more nominees than available seats, an election will be held.
Congratulations to Team NFTO (pictured) on winning Bronze Women's 4-way Formation Skydiving at WPC Mondial 2016 in Chicago, USA. Team members (l to r) are Maria Russell, Anna Hicks, Ane Bauerle-Brentford, Simon Brentford (video), and Vana Parker. Congratulations also to Max Hurd, who won Bronze in Speed Skydiving.
Cheer on our British Delegation to the Mondial 2016 in Chicago, USA, from 11-20 September. Competitors: NFTO Skydiving Team, MicroClim8, Team CRWSADERS, Wize Prankers, Varial Freefly, Freefly Euphoria, Revolution Freestyle, Satori XL, Michael Lovemore, Esther Reynolds, Steve Hastings, Janos Leszko, Omni 99, Jason Bird, James Parker, Paul Bantock, Barrie Bremner, Max Hurd. Head of Delegation John Smyth MVO, Team Managers Ian Marshall & Craig Poxon. Official website wpc2016.com News and pix on BPA Facebook. Omniskore for scores.
The award is for a UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the calendar year deserve special recognition. Please e-mail your nominations giving the name of your nominee with reasons - more than 250 words, please - to skydive [at] bpa.org.uk by Tuesday 15 November 2016. Council will consider the nominations at its meeting that month. The trophy will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at BPA Skydive the Expo in Nottingham on Saturday 28 January 2017.
BPA invites tenders for a two-part IT project. Part A is for the replacement of our existing BPA Membership Database with a new Personal Information Management System (PIMS). Part B is for replacement of our BPA and BPA Skydive the Mag websites, and closer integration in a BPA web hub to optimise BPA’s online presence. More on our Invitation to Tender page.
Starting on Friday 26 August there is the BPA Nationals - Accuracy, Swansea And at Skydive Hibaldstow, the rollover of the BPA 4-way FS and 4-way VFS Nationals combined with BPA 8-way FS, Artistics and Speed Nationals. Then there's the BPA Nationals 2016 in Speed 8 at UK Parachuting Sibson on 17-18 September. For results of BPA Nationals 2016 that have already completed, please see our Nationals page.
There are inspiring examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised. That’s why we’re asking A licence holders and above to tell us about great service you've received from another BPA member... to tell us if you've spotted a BPA Star ! The closing date for receipt of completed nomination form (download BPA Form 296 using the Search Forms box) is Tuesday 1 November 2016... so it's time to get star-spotting!
For dates and venues for this year's BPA British Open Nationals, please see our Nationals page. The FS, Artistics and Speed Nationals are being held in August at Skydive Hibadlstow who have their own competitions website skydivingchampionships.com We're proud to boast the biggest 4-way Formation Skydiving Nationals in the world. Registration for this event - and others! - is open now.
The BPA Office in Leicester pictured taking delivery of a girder. It will hold up the ceiling of the ground floor multi-functional meeting room that has been carved out of the former office space - the offices are moving upstairs. It's part of a complete refurb of BPA's freehold premises to make a digital hub to serve members more efficiently and effectively for the next 25 years and beyond. BPA staff continue to occupy the building as the works take place in phases, whilst BPA meetings are temporarily relocated to a nearby venue. Work is scheduled to take 19 weeks and is due for completion in the autumn.
Graham Spicer (pictured inset), one of the BPA Archivists and Chair of the BPA IT Strategy Group, writes: "On Sunday 12 June 2016, as part of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, I had the good fortune to attend The Patron’s Lunch in the Mall and represent the BPA as part of the RAeC delegation. This was essentially a gigantic picnic, comprising some 10,000 people, who represented many of the organisations, including RAeC, of which Her Majesty is Patron. Click on red 'more' button to continue...
Unfortunately, the weather was fickle on the day, which made al fresco dining a challenge, but years of peering vainly at the sky waiting for the rain to stop at the DZ stood me in good stead. The rain was persistent until lunch time but the big drips coming off the trees whilst queuing for security were worse. Tickets became increasingly soggy, after being inspected several times, and many were deemed invalid at the final hurdle when they wouldn’t scan, or in some cases disintegrated entirely, but the organisers resolved this without any fuss. The crowd was soaked from the outset, despite the issue of rain ponchos, but everyone was good humoured and patient. “Well, that’s the end of this suit”, said someone.
A passing London Bobby made me laugh whilst queuing to get through security with the rain dripping off the end of my nose. He said ‘You should all be singing’ as he went past. Unfortunately, umbrellas were forbidden, so we couldn’t do the old routine involving puddles and a lamp post. It wasn’t a propitious day for blazer, tie and shiny shoes but by gad sir we’re British and one can’t let standards slip due to a little rain! Absolutely not. I envied the guests who had heeded the forecast and capitulated with boots, jeans and fleeces a little but then the sun came out and we were glad we were respectably attired, albeit a little mud spattered, when HRH Prince Harry decided to stop and talk to our table.
The much-vaunted M&S hampers were actually rather good. I’d feared the worst after all the hype but they didn’t disappoint and contained a delightful mix of contents for both lunch and afternoon tea. After the formality of Trooping the Colour the previous day we didn’t have the Massed Bands of the Household Division but there were plenty of other bands, both military and civilian, as well as dancers, roller-skaters, a large model of the former Royal Yacht Britannia on wheels and, for reasons known only to the organisers, a pig riding a tricycle. There was complimentary tea and ice-cream all day with the latter being surprisingly popular. So much so that the Wall’s vending points had to be replenished with Magnums every hour to prevent civil unrest!
Members of the Royal Family took a lot of time to speak to individuals in some depth, rather than just shake as many hands as possible, and HRH the Duke of Cambridge received a diplomatically worded invitation to speed up as his grandmother was patiently waiting to board the ‘Queenmobile’ to have a go. When Her Majesty arrived, attired in a rather striking shade of pink, she appeared to be enjoying herself immensely and the genuine affection displayed by the crowd was a joy to observe. This was a very historic but quintessentially British day, with queuing, inclement weather, humour, patriotism, unfeasibly large amounts of ice cream consumed in the pouring rain and, dare one say it, a little Blitz spirit mixed in equal quantities. Just like a rainy day at the BPA Nationals, really."
Updated 17 May 2012