Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Bedroom reservations at the De Vere Orchard Hotel Nottingham - located adjacent to EMCC, venue for the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo on Sat 26 Jan 2109 - are now open. Telephone 0115 876 0900 then select option 1, and say the booking is from the British Parachute Association allocation. Applies only to bookings for one or more of the nights of Thu 24, Fri 25 and Sat 26 Jan 2019. BPA bed and breakfast rate, per night: £76.80 double/twin, £64.80 single occupancy. Subject to availability - rooms sell out quickly. See the Expo website for other accommodation options.
Three seats on Council become available for elected members at the AGM on Sat 26 Jan 2019. The election by full (voting) members takes place in advance, over Christmas & the New Year. Nominations are invited from 09:00 on Mon 1 Oct when the nominations website goes live. Nominations close at noon on Tue 13 Nov. If you are a BPA full member who may be interested, please read Form 178, Duties and responsibilities of a Council Member; and Form 297 Council Member role description (use the 'Search Forms' box). Nominees require a proposer and seconder, who must also be current full members.
The award is for a UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the year deserve special recognition. Please email your nomination, in no more than 250 words, to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by Wednesday 14 November 2018. Council will consider the nominations at its meeting later that month. The award will be presented at the awards ceremony following the AGM at BPA Skydive the Expo at EMCC Nottingham on Saturday 26 January 2019.
The weekend of 1-3 September sees the 8-way FS, Artistics and Speed BPA Nationals hosted by Skydive Hibaldstow. Registration for these closes at 17:00 on 31 August with early bird discount for registrations before 17:00 on 29 August. More here. Then on 3-5 September it's the CF Nationals, and on 7-9 September the CP Nationals, both hosted by Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell. More here - see also the BPA Nationals page.
As part of BPA's contract with our media partner Archant Dialogue, we're running a campaign in Archant print and digital media to let everyone know about our fantastic sport. With an estimated reach of 3.7m people across a range of Archant titles, our message to first-time jumpers is 'This jump will... make my year / help a good cause / rock my world / prove I can fly'. To learn 'more about skydiving and what a jump will do for you', people are encouraged to visit bpa.org.uk/your-first-jump
Did you know that the BPA FS Nationals are open to any skydiver with at least an A Licence and FS1 - even if you've never competed before? If you've never taken part, why not join this year's first-time competitors? The 4-way and VFS events take place on 24-27 August. Registration closes at 17:00 on 23 August, with an early bird discount if you register by 17:00 on (CORRECTION) 21 August. The following weekend, 1-3 September, sees the 8-way FS, Artistics and Speed Nationals. Registration for these closes at 17:00 on 31 August with the early bird discount for registrations before 17:00 on 29 August. More here.
At its meeting on 7 August, BPA Council appointed 3Si to develop its new Personal Information Management System (PIMS) and web hub. Based at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, 3Si Limited specialises in providing the UK not-for-profit sector with versatile and customisable member relations management software under the brand name OM.net. 3Si emerged from an open competitive tender process as BPA's preferred bidder. 35 expressions of interest resulted in 11 bids for the contract. Click on red more button to continue...
The bids were considered by BPA's tender team comprising Graham Spicer (Chair, IT Strategy Group), Craig Poxon (Development Chair) and Adrian Bond (Communications Chair) who together have expertise in IT and commercial contracts.
BPA's contract with 3Si is due to be finalised during mid-August so the discovery phase of work can begin and a timeline be agreed.
3Si Director Pete Sinclair said, '3Si are delighted to have been selected as BPA's supplier of choice for their new PIMS and web hub after a competitive tendering process. We believe that our software solutions will provide the BPA with the functionality that they require to ensure an effective and efficient member relations management system to support BPA's pivotal role as the national governing body for the sport. Our CRM Development and CMS Creative teams are excited to be working on such a fantastic project and we are honoured to be able to add such a prestigious client as BPA to our growing client list.'
Independent scrutineers Mi-Voice have provided the result of the BPA membership survey about choice of visual identity for our new trading name of British Skydiving - see it here. The survey also gave members who took part in it the opportunity to include free text comments - the Communications Committee is analysing these and the outcome will be published in due course. May we thank all members who participated in the survey, which had a 37% turnout. Council will be considering the result at its next meeting on Tuesday 7 August.
BPA Members - If you've not already opted in to the BPA e-Newsletter, you can do this now using the link here. The newsletter comes out once every couple of months, in non-Mag months, and is a great way to keep in touch with what's going on in the sport.
Updated 17 May 2012