Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
It's here - the BPA Competitions Season 2016! Check out the dates and locations, entry form and rules for the BPA UK Skydiving League/BPA Grand Prix and the BPA British Open National Championships across the disciplines.
If you are a full BPA Member who has not yet renewed for the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please check whether you may be eligible to renew online. The subscription rate is 2.9% down on last year. If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form can be downloaded (enter 101 in the forms search box). You can fax or post your completed form to us.
The first BPA UK Skydiving League FS 4-way competition of the year is on the weekend of 7-8 May at Skydive Langar. Come join in the fun!
Congratulations to those of our BPA members who have been awarded The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom Trust ‘Flying for Youth’ Bursaries to help them to achieve their goals in sport parachuting. Well done to you all. 2016 sees the largest number RAeCT of bursaries ever awarded – 50. And half of them have gone to Parachuting! Click on the red ‘more’ button for a list of BPA members who are bursary awardees.
Cara Felicity Pritchard (President's Scholar)
Lucy Austins (Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship)
Lucas Bishop - Army Parachute Association
Emma Reynolds - Skydive Headcorn
Alabama Shanker - Army Parachute Association
Orla Donnelly - Skydive Wild Geese
Morgan Holland, UK Parachuting - Sibson
Henry Simmons - Peterlee Parachute Club
Peiying Lauren Jiang - Headcorn
Emily Thornton – SkydiveBuzz. Dunkeswell
Laura Sidhom - Skydive Northwest
Kieran Hogan - Peterlee
Lucy Marriott - Skydive Langar
Will Howes - Headcorn
Shelby Collins – SkydiveBuzz, Dunkeswell
Joanna Fitch - Skydive Northwest
Jordan Dickinson - Skydive Northwest
Ellie Marshall - Skydive Langar
Jon Hancox – SkydiveBuzz, Dunkeswell
Levi Hamill - Skydive Wild Geese
Sam Carter - UK Parachuting
Edward Cracknell - Skydive Langar
Kel Spittle - Skydive Langar
Dan Guest – Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell
Eve Mason - Skydive Langar.
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal is now available for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 inclusive. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. The subscription rate is 2.9% down on last year. If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form was included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded (enter 101 in the forms search box). You can fax or post your completed form to us.
New from BPA is the Tracking Manual for coaches. Available for download from the traning manuals page of the BPA website, the Tracking Coaching Manual is designed to teach skydivers the art of tracking in a multitude of axes. It covers the training requirements to obtain each of BPA's tracking grades and promote 'in-air' safety in preparation for jumping with others. Tracking grades TR1, TR2 and TR3 require successful completion of the standards set out in the BPA Operations Manual Section 2, Para 6.10 Tracking [TR].
We know there are many examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised. That’s why we’re inviting BPA 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 !
Full details of how to make a nomination are on our BPA Star page.
Romero Sports & Leisure and Liberty Mutual, BPA's insurance partners, are sponsoring the BPA Safety Innovation Award for Sport Parachuting 2016. Entry is open to BPA members, Affiliated PTOs and Registered Display Teams to submit the most innovative measure to help further to improve safety in our sport. The winner will hold the Award Trophy for a year, with a cash prize of five thousand pounds kindly donated by Romero and Liberty as part of their risk management activities in our sport. More on our Safety Innovation Award page.
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 inclusive, starts on Tuesday 1 March. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. The subscription rate is 2.9% down on last year. If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form was included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded (enter 101 in the forms search box). You can fax or post your completed form to us.
BPA's communications strategy is to channel excitement, information, education and the esprit de corps of our fantastic sport among and between our members, and to spread the word to the wider public. To inspire and grow the skydiving community. To help us do this, BPA seeks a media partner to take our communications strategy forward to its next phase. Click on red 'more' button below to continue...
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The contract involves producing content for BPA digital and print channels, as well as invigorating and energising BPA communications with new ideas to keep us in the vanguard. With our knowledge of skydiving coupled with the expertise of a media partner, the sky’s the limit!
It is envisaged (at the discretion of the BPA) that this contract will run for three years from autumn 2016 inclusive of a satisfactory probationary period (subject to performance) and will thereafter be reviewed annually and considered for renewal triennially as appropriate.
Expressions of interest in tendering are now invited for the contract as BPA Media Partner to edit (through the good offices of our specialist Editor, who will be contracted to our media partner) and manage the production and distribution of six issues per year of our members’ magazine, BPA Skydive the Mag (6000 copies per issue) and its associated website, hosted with the BPA website. This will also include the BPA’s Starter Mag (in print and digital) for first-time jumpers, skydiving calendar (annually), and the coordination and publication of real-time up-to-date skydiving news content for BPA websites and social media, together with PR activity to ensure the profile of the sport is best communicated and maximise exposure. The contract also includes communications support for the UK’s leading skydiving exhibition and conference, BPA Skydive the Expo, held concurrently with our AGM and Gala Dinner. In addition, by mutual agreement, the contract may be extended to cover sundry other publications, apps, etc, that BPA may from time to time require at such additional fees as may be negotiated.
The contract covers the full range of production from inception, through commissioning and editorial across the full range of content including news, safety, information and educational articles for dissemination through appropriate BPA media channels (including BPA Skydive the Mag, 84-96 pages in full colour, including printing and distribution). The successful contractor will be required to work towards continuing reduction of the annual cost to members of the Magazine each year by exploitation of non-member subscription sales and advertising sales both in the Magazine and on its associated website; and to identify to the BPA other commercial opportunities for the Magazine including online. The intellectual property of the Magazine, its content and and associated websites will remain with British Parachute Association Ltd.
The tender specification
The tender specification will be available, to those who express an interest, from early in the week beginning Monday 15 February 2016.
The BPA tender team
The BPA Tender team comprises:
Adrian Bond - Chair, BPA Communications Committee
Martin Shuttleworth - BPA Secretary-General
Should you have any questions or points for clarification arising from the tender specifcation (see above), please send them to BPA by e-mail during the week of Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February 2016, to tender[at]bpa.org.uk We shall reply as soon as possible and will aim to answer all questions by Tuesday 1 March 2016. If we do not believe that a written response would satisfactorily answer your question/s, then we will ask that you initiate a conference call at a time convenient to all parties. So that we have sufficient resource to cover all questions that may be submitted, any such calls are not expected to last more than about thirty minutes.
Please lodge your written tender in response to the specification with the BPA Office by no later than 17:00 on Friday 11 March 2016 by electronic copy (pdf preferred) to tender[at]bpa.org.uk Should you also wish to submit the tender in hard copy (which is not mandatory), please supply three hard copies to arrive at the BPA Office by Wednesday 16 March 2016.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified before 31 March 2016. An oral presentation upon the key areas of the tender will be required at the April meeting of the BPA Communications Committee held in Leicester, which expected to be on Tuesday 19 April 2016.
A recommendation will be made by the Communications Committee to BPA Council and communicated to all participants subsequent to the BPA Council meeting that will be held before the end of June 2016.
In the event of a change from the present contractor, implementation discussions/ arrangements will take place during the remainder of the year and will include the following areas:
• BPA staff and committees teams
• Transfer of data and intellectual property (where required)
NB: BPA is not bound to select from any of the participants to this tender process, and there is no presumption that the business will be awarded to the lowest bidder.
Updated 17 May 2012