Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
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.
We're consulting with full members by a membership survey on visual identity options for our upcoming new trading name of British Skydiving. If you're a current full member and haven't received the survey email, please check your spam folder first, then email support[at]mi-voice.com with your name and BPA membership number. The survey closes on Monday 2 July at 23:59.
There are inspiring examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it's time for them to be recognised. That's why we're asking 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 ! To make a nomination, check out the terms and conditions and download BPA Form 296 using the Search Forms box in the header on the BPA website.
To full BPA Members who have not yet renewed for the new membership year from 1 April 2018 - members who are eligible may renew online. If you have ratings, including coaching 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.
There's a great season of BPA competitions this year including UKSL & Grand Prix and the BPA British Open Nationals. For dates and venues visit our UKSL & Grand Prix and Nationals pages. Keep up-to-date with the latest BPA competitions news on Facebook. And our National Delegation takes to the world stage at the World Parachuting Championships 2018 and the Indoor Skydiving World Cup 2018.
BPA has published a Camera Flying Coaching Manual, downloadable from the Training Manuals page of the Training and Progression section of the BPA website, and from the quick link here.
Updated 17 May 2012