Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
At the close of nominations, eight nominations had been received for the five (4 x 3 year and 1 x 1 year) seats on Council becoming vacant at the AGM. The nominees are, in alphabetical order: Mary Barratt, Jim Bradwell, Kieran Brady, Jack Davies, Kate Lindsley, Craig Poxon, Ben Samuel and Simon Soper. An election will be held over Christmas and the New Year. Voting opens at 09:00 on Tue 17 Dec. Voting members will receive a ballot pack, normally by email, from election scrutineers Mi-Voice who are conducting the election for BPA/British Skydiving, as our new trading name will be by then.
Congratulations to NFTO Skydiving Team who took Silver in the FS 4-way Female category at the 2019 World Cup in Formation Skydiving held at Skydive Ariziona. Pictured (l to r) are Kate Lindsley, Siân Stokes, Simon Brentford (camera), Vana Parker and Anna Hicks.
BPA and NFTO FS 4-way team have now successfully undertaken a mediation process that was preceded by a number of issues raised by both parties in relation to the awarding of sponsorship monies and potential discrimination issues.
The mediation was undertaken at Sport Resolutions in London on 20 September 2019 with the session being facilitated by a barrister whose expertise is in the sports mediation sector. Both parties agreed to cover their own costs.
It was agreed that NFTO can compete in the 2019 FCE in the female category in Arizona, and the BPA commits to offering NFTO sponsorship for the 2020 competition year to compete in the female category. The 2020 sponsorship will be determined on a fair and equal basis between open and female categories in FS 4-way, and because of this agreement we can now invite another team to the World Championships competition as the FS 4-way Open team.
As part of this agreement, NFTO have committed to a reduction of their 2020 sponsorship monies awarded to them by BPA, amounting to £6,000 which will be used to develop a programme to encourage greater female participation in the sport. The team have also committed to engage with BPA’s Rise Up Programme with focus on female members and to identify potential future athletes.
BPA will continue to take external independent advice in relation to the female 4-way FS category post 2020 competition year, including consulting National Governing Bodies of other sports; this is in addition to the work already being undertaken by the Development Committee.
NFTO look forward to working with the BPA to encourage greater female participation, to represent the UK at international competitions and to continue to inspire women in the sport.
Nominations for Council are now open until noon on Wed 13 Nov. Full members are eligible to stand if supported by a proposer and seconder who are also full members. Council Members are Non-Executive Directors of BPA Ltd. The process is managed by independent scrutineers Mi-Voice. The nominations website is mi-nomination.com/bpa See the Council Member role profile and duties and responsibilities on that site to assess whether you have the skills and competences to stand.
Mark Bayada is now Acting Chair of the Competitions Committee, which next meets on Tuesday 1 October. This follows Brian Vacher and Georgie Vacher resigning their positions as BPA Council Members and as CP and FS discipline rep respectively. Update on 3 October: BPA Council, at its meeting on Tuesday 1 October, elected Mark Bayada as Competitions Chair for the remainder of the committee year. The Competitions Committee, which met earlier on the same day, elected Mark Bayada as CP disciplne rep, and Sam Lee as FS discipline rep.
Skydive the Expo 2020 is on Friday 24 ('industry day') and Saturday 25 January at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. The AGM and seminars, exhibition, grand prize draw and dinner are all on the Saturday. See the Expo website for more. The Gala Dinner is on Saturday evening, price £31 per head, please book using Form 239 (enter 239 in the forms search box)
Skydive the Expo 2020 is on Fri 24 ('industry day') and Sat 25 January. The AGM and seminars, exhibition, grand prize draw and dinner are all on the Saturday. There are few if any on site bedrooms left at the De Vere Orchard Hotel, please check with the hotel by phone on 0115 876 0900 opt 1, quote BPA or 19523326 - £66.74 single occupancy & £76.74 double occupancy, both inc VAT. Rooms are pre-payable /non-refundable. See the Expo website for other accommodation options. The Gala Dinner is on Sat evening at EMCC, price £31 per head, please book with Form 239 (enter 239 in the forms search box).
The Nationals in Canopy Formation (CF) take place at Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell, from 8-10 Sep.
BPA HQ will be closed for staff training by Eudonet (UK) on operation of their OM.Net system customised for the new BPA Personal Information Management System (PIMS) from 09:45 to 16:15 on the following dates: Tue 24 & Thu 26 Sep; and Thu 3 & Fri 4 Oct.
The BPA British Open Nationals in Formation Skydiving take place at Skydive Hibaldstow from 24-27 Aug (4-way FS and Vertical Formation Skydiving) and 31 Aug- 2 Sept (8-way FS). See skydivingchampionships.com The Nationals in Canopy Formation (CF) take place at Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell, from 8-10 Sep.
Updated 17 May 2012