Clubs vote on English council changes
training and support, welfare and safeguarding support and general assistance as a membership body.
“Our current consultation method at a regional and national level provides a link to the board to assist them in evaluating the needs and requirements of the sport when formulating proposals for consideration and action. However, we have recognised that the structure of the information flow within this consultation process isn’t as clear, circular and comprehensive as it could be.
“As a result we are proposing to introduce these reforms to enhance the current system to make it easier for people to get involved, to enable each region’s views to be heard, and the needs of our grassroots clubs to be shared to help shape the work delivered by England Athletics via a clear, mandated consultative structure from the bottom up and the top down.”
Full details of the proposed new structure of regional forums are on the England Athletics website and letters have gone out to all clubs this week outlining the plans.
If clubs approve the changes on January 30, the new system will kick in from April with regional elections to the forums in February or March. If the plans are not accepted, the current system will remain.
Jones adds: “The biennial regional election process is an important component of our democratic governance structure and the election process will remain, irrespective of whether or not the proposed changes to our articles are ratified. It is important that members note this. Central to the proposals is a desire to make the related structures, as well as the role of forum members better understood amongst our members.
“The timing of this general meeting is driven by demands of the upcoming election process, although there is also much to be said for getting on and implementing the proposed changes so we do not unnecessarily delay the benefits they bring, in terms of improved consultation and communication and of ensuring a wider and more diverse involvement in the election process.
“We believe these changes will encourage a larger number of members to become involved in the process with greater and more diverse participation. This will enable us to build on the current structure in a constructive and logical way that will rapidly provide a more engaged and coherent voice for the EA membership and, in turn, a sport that is better positioned to meet its members’ needs.”
Regional councils will be replaced by regional forums if clubs vote to approve England Athletics’ proposed plans