Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
There's a great season of BPA competitions this year. For domestic dates and venues, see our UKSL & Grand Prix and Nationals pages. Keep up-to-date with the latest BPA competitions news on Facebook. Our National Delegation takes to the world stage at the Skydiving World Cups 2019 held at locations all over the world in the different disciplines. In Speed Skydiving, we're hosting the World Cup here in the UK, at Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell.
BPA is delighted to announce that Angel Fernandez has been appointed to the new staff position of Communications Manager. Angel, who took up the sport in 2017, starts his new post - based at BPA HQ, Leicester - in mid-April 2019. Angel has over 20 years’ communications and marketing experience in a variety of industries including automotive, manufacturing and third sector organisations.
He comes to BPA from commercial landscape contractor NT Killingley Ltd of Chesterfield, where he oversaw marketing and communications for their construction sector. At Killingley, Angel drove a brand refresh that provided a new and contemporary image that also respected the history and values of the company.
Angel’s role at BPA will be to engage with the members and BPA’s other stakeholders, and beyond with the media and the wider public. He will focus on communications activity to underpin implementation of BPA’s strategic plan, including rebranding to British Skydiving, expand BPA’s digital communication channels and content, and promote the sport and its successes to a wider audience.
As Communications Manager, Angel will work closely with Tony Butler, BPA Chief Operating Officer, other members of the staff team, and the Communications Committee chaired by Adrian Bond.
Adrian Bond said ‘Meeting the objectives in our strategic plan depends upon effective and efficient communications to our members, other key stakeholders and beyond. For this we created the new post of Communications Manager and are delighted to welcome Angel who has the skills and experience we need in this specialist area.’
Angel Fernandez said ‘I am delighted to be joining the BPA at such an important time in its development and am looking forward to working with members and other stakeholders. The 5-year strategic plan presents opportunities and challenges as we work to deliver our exciting ambitions for our fantastic sport.’
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal is now available for the BPA membership year, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 inclusive. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. 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 is rebranding to our new trading name of British Skydiving. We've issued an open invitation to tender for the development of British Skydiving's brand personality and, from that, a new visual identity. See our Branding Invitation to Tender page for more information and to download the tender specification. The closing date for completed tender submissions is Wednesday 20 March 2019.
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 inclusive, starts on Friday 1 March. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. 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 is included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded from the end of Feb from the BPA website. You can fax or post your completed form to us.
Are you a BPA Member aged between 16-21 years (or 24 years for the follow-on bursary)? 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 ambitions in sport parachuting? Then you may be eligible to apply for a Bursary from the Royal Aero Club Tust. But hurry - applications close on 31 March 2019. See royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries. CIs of BPA Affiliated PTOs can countersign valid applications they support.
In case you weren't able to be with us on the day, here's the video of the BPA AGM 2019 which took place on the same day as BPA Skydive the Expo, Saturday 26 January, at EMCC Nottingham. There are more Expo videos on the BPA Skydive the Mag YouTube Channel.
BPA Consolidated Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures are effective from 31 January 2019. The procedures are set out on BPA Form 256. This replaces the former grievance procedure on now-discontinued Form 282. The new Form 256 (issue 6, January 2019) are be available from the forms database on the BPA website (using the 'Forms Search' box). Also updated has been Form 256a Disciplinary Procedure Chart (issue 2, 31 January 2019).
It is with great sadness that BPA has learned of the death of Jim Crocker. A towering figure in our sport, he was the longest-serving Chair of BPA Council, from 1983-90, after which he became our longest-serving Vice President. He was also a Vice President of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, and Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Aero Club Trust, a registered charity whose flying for youth bursaries have enabled many younger BPA members to progress in our sport. A Midlands-based lawyer by profession, specialising in criminal cases, Jim’s natural style was competitive and combative, and he never failed to make an impression.
The force of his personality, drive and determination was a huge influence in the BPA and he kept his ever-watchful eye on developments in the sport. Jim was clubbable, gregarious and generous in his praise, but never held back when he believed something was amiss. He fought his final battle with ill-health in his typical, determined style, uniting all who knew him in admiration of his fortitude.
Updated 17 May 2012