Clubs vote on English coun­cil changes

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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

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