Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
BPA Members: full membership renewal for the new membership year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 is now available. Renew online if you don't have ratings that need to be signed off, and meet the other criteria to be able to renew online (for details, please see the members' homepage). If not, please kindly complete and return (by post or fax) BPA Form 101. Don't forget that to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. Update on FAI Sporting Licences.
The 1st FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying will take place at APA Netheravon from 25-29 May 2015. This new skydiving discipline and the event were approved at the IPC Plenary meeting held in Bulgaria in January 2015. Congratulations to Jackie Harper (BPA Wingsuiting Discipline Rep) and her team at APA Netheravon for bringing this prestigious event to the UK. See netheravon.com/wswc2015/
BPA Skydive the Mag's You Tube Channel has a wide selection of videos from BPA Skydive the Expo 2015 - with John LeBlanc, Alastair Macartney, The Freefall Camera, Brian Vacher, Tom Noonan, Tom Parker, Paul Capsey, Mark Procos, Craig Poxon and Martin Soulsby. And don't forget to make a date in your diary for BPA Skydive the Expo 2016 - coming your way on Saturday 30 January 2016 at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ.
Visit the BPA Skydive the Expo website at skydivetheexpo.co.uk
Are you a young BPA Member aged between 16-21*? Do you hold at least a basic sport parachuting qualification? Do you wish to advance your sport parachuting qualifications but lack the funds? Would a bursary help you to realise your sporting ambitions? *This year the Trust has introduced the 'follow-on' bursary for young people up to the age of 24 to train to take part in national / international competitions or as instructors, etc. Closing date for applications: 31 March 2015 - see royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries (Note: CIs may sign bursary application forms on behalf of BPA.)
BPA Annual Report 2014 presented by Martin Soulsby, Chair of BPA (pictured), and adopted at the BPA AGM 2015 on Saturday 24 January at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Video: The skydiving year 2014
Results of the election of BPA Council 2015 as received at the BPA AGM held at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday 24 January. Council 2015 took office at the inaugural Council meeting which was held immeditely after the AGM. At this meeting Council elected its Officers for 2015 (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, etc), Committee Chairs, and BPA representatives. The only variation from 2014 is that Brian Vacher was elcted as Chair of Competitions. For committee compositions for 2015 see the Council & Committees page.
BPA Chair Martin Soulsby receives a certificate from Amanda Bennett, Governance Adviser to the Sport & Recreation Alliance, to record BPA's sign-up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance in the Sport and Recreation Sector. The presentation, which took place after the AGM 2015 in Nottingham, followed the Chair's Annual Report to members earlier in the day in which he outlined the benefits of signing up to nationally-recognised standards of best practice for bodies in sport and recreation. For more, see the governance page.
Thank you to BPA members and their guests for your support of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo 2015 at EMCC Nottingham on Saturday 24 January. It was great to see you. Thank you also to our speakers and our partners Romero Sport and Leisure and Liberty Mutual (insurance), Archant Dialogue (media) and Eventpro UK (event management). We hope you enjoyed it and had a safe journey home.
The BPA Shop franchise is available to be re-let initially for a 3 year period and applications are invited by the Development Committee. The Committee is looking for submission of a business plan by applicant franchisees. Click on the more button below for details. Senders of any outline proposals shortlisted by the BPA Development Committee (which will be no more than three) will be invited to work up their proposals into a bid. Please send outline proposals to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by no later than 30 March 2015.
The franchisee will own the stock and operate the BPA Shop selling clothing and parachute ancillary equipment (BPA does not permit it to sell parachute equipment), with 10% of gross profit from sales of BPA branded items and £15 per skydiving voucher sold.
The BPA Shop is presently online at bpashop.co.uk but is hardly trading and needs a re-launch with an investment of capital by the new franchisee. We believe that use of the BPA brand is a valuable asset and the right commercial approach could turn the BPA Shop into a win-win-win for BPA members, the franchisee and BPA as the franchisor. For the list of items the BPA Shop is and is not permitted to sell, please see below.
It is a crowded market, and there is lots of competition. BPA is looking for a sound, costed business case, backed by investment, to make the BPA Shop an asset. If that may be you or your organisation, we’d like to receive an outline proposal (in no more than 1000 words) from you. Senders of any outline proposals shortlisted by the BPA Development Committee (which will be no more than three) will be invited to work up their proposals into a bid. Please send outline proposals to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by no later than 30 March 2015. Informed opinions about the market are welcome too, to help the Development Committee to decide what’s best for the future.
BPA Shop - conditions
Because of its unique position as the National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting, and its responsibilities for safe operation of the sport under the BPA Exposition and Schedule of Approval with BPA, the BPA Shop has always, and will continue to, have restrictions on the types of items that it can offer for sale.
Items the BPA Shop is NOT authorised to sell
The BPA Shop shall NOT sell parachute equipment, which for the purposes of the invitation to tender, is defined as:
Items the BPA Shop is authorised to sell
In addition to jump gift vouchers for tandem, static line and AFF jumps, the BPA Shop WILL be permitted sell parachute ancillary equipment, which for the purpose of the invitation to tender, is defined as:
And other similar ancillary equipment as may from time to time be authorised by BPA. Books, clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, etc), logbooks, magazines etc may also be sold.
The franchise may (or may not, according to the wish of the bidder) include supply of national delegation uniform to the British team at international events, subject to BPA’s specification from time to time of the technical and design requirements of such clothing. Supply means direct to individual competitors, not in bulk to the BPA Office or other central distribution point).
Use of BPA name and logo
For all items that display the BPA name and/or logo sold by the BPA Shop: BPA will grant the franchisee a licence to use the BPA logo in connection with normal commercial activities the BPA Shop franchise for the duration of the franchise and that BPA shall retain absolute right to determine where its logo shall and shall not appear and that any designs based on the BPA logo, or adaptation thereof, shall be subject to BPA agreement. This is to avoid reputational damage to BPA by assuring the integrity of its brand and corporate image.
BPA Skydive the Expo 2015 celebrates everything to do with skydiving. It's at EMCC, Nottingham, on Saturday 24 January 2015. Attendance is free of charge for BPA Members and other visitors. The Expo compirises an exhibition, seminars & presentations, prizes & surprises, and a great night of partying and entertainment including an optional Gala Dinner (for which a charge applies, sorry: tickets have sold out). The BPA AGM 2015 is on the morning of the Expo. Pre-register online by 17:00 on Friday 23 January and you could win a prize at the Grand Prize Draw. See the Expo website for more.
As the BPA Gala Dinner has sold out, members have asked about other eateries, so here goes. On-site there's Bramleys Brasserie at the De Vere Orchard Hotel. Please book in advance if you can, so the kitchens know what to expect, Bramleys[at]deverevenues.co.uk or 0115 876 0881. Or for a delicious roast at a great price, there's the nearby Toby Carvery Wollaton Park NG8 2NR - it's likely to be pretty crowded with skydivers, parties of 8 or more should book, and if you can eat off-peak you may have less of a wait. In the mornings (check times on their web) Toby does all-you-can-eat breakfasts!
Another nearby eaterie is The Nurseryman on the main A52 Nottingham- M1-Derby road in Beeston NG9 3AE http://www.eating-inn.co.uk/house/nurseryman-beeston-
Updated 17 May 2012