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Minutes of Management Meeting, July 2011

Friday 12 August 2011, 5.34pm

The Management Committee of Stoolball England met at 53 Kings Road, Horsham, on Friday 22 July 2011 at 7.30pm.

1. Present

  • John Price (Chairman)
  • Kay Price (Secretary)
  • Trevor Parsons (Treasurer)
  • Ruth Arthur (Coaching Development)

2. Apologies for absence

  • Shirley Reed (President)
  • Becky Hull (Vice-Chairman)
  • Rick Mason (Website Administrator)

3. Minutes of the last Management meeting

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved as a true record.

4. Matters arising from the last meeting

There were no matters arising that would not be covered later in the meeting.

5. Treasurer’s report

Trevor Parsons reported a surplus of £3,393 for the year to date. The meeting went on to discuss the funding initiative that Stoolball England was currently involved in and Trevor offered to look into the cost of producing a Stoolball England banner which could be used for events like TakePart at Preston Park in Brighton and Sparks in the Park at Horsham.

6. Insurance report

In the absence of Michael Ledwich, there was no insurance update provided.

7. Website report

Prior to the meeting, Rick Mason circulated the Management Committee with details of a website which could be used to customise our sportswear with a Stoolball England logo. He asked that members look at the website and report back to him on its suitability. The committee members present were impressed and asked that Rick press ahead so that it could be made available for Stoolball England members seeking new kit. ACTION ALL.

8. Stoolball tournaments

  • Year 7/8 Sussex Schools Stoolball Tournament was held at Plumpton on 6 July with 6 teams taking part, Angmering (2), Bishop Luffa, Ringmer, Sackville and Varndean. Lack of transport prevented the schools from Hazelwick, Oriel and Uplands from attending. It was an excellent day and thoroughly enjoyed. Angmering A team were the winners, with Bishop Luffa the runners-up.
  • The third Horsham Primary Schools Stoolball Festival was held at Horsham Cricket Club on 13 July. 10 teams from 6 schools in the area took part and the winners were All Saints with the Slinfold A team in 2nd place. Other schools participating were Shelley School, Broadbridge Heath, Southwater, St. Mary’s and Warnham. It was proposed by Ruth Arthur that the date for the 2012 event be held in the last week of term in 2012.

9. Meetings/events

  • TakePart event in Preston Park, Brighton on Saturday 25 June. Stoolball England had a stall and did taster sessions with members of the public. Seven potential players left their details with Stoolball England to be forwarded to a teacher in Hove who is recruiting for members to start a new club.
  • Meeting on 29 June with John Burroughs, Horsham District Council Leisure Link multisport coach who is helping Stoolball England and clubs in Surrey and West Sussex to obtain funding via the Small Grants Scheme.
  • Meeting on 8 July with Sally Harper from Active Sussex attended by Stoolball England members John and Kay Price, Becky Hull and Ruth Arthur. Sally liaises with National Governing Bodies and helps them with future planning.
  • The Sussex County Matterface Cup for Under 17 juniors and Veterans over 50 competitions were held on 10 July at Isfield. Stoolball England had a stall and sold a large amount of equipment
  • Stoolball England also sold equipment at the Lewes Arms Mixed Tournament in The Paddock, Lewes on 17 July.
  • Stoolball England attended the NGB Forum run by Active Sussex at Hailsham Community College on 21 July. It was also the last meeting attended by Mel Dunn (see below), the Partnership Development Manager at Hailsham who has been a great help to Stoolball England. She will shortly be working for Albion in the Community who are based at the Brighton & Hove Albion FC new Amex Stadium at Falmer.

10. Any other business

  • Stoolball England has been approached to help Lower Beeding form a new mixed club.
  • Stoolball England affiliated members have been advised that the next Rules Working Party will be reviewing the rules of the game on 2 October at Plumpton Village Hall. The response has been good and a number of topics requiring clarification/further discussion have been received.
  • In 2012 a School Games is being introduced in Primary and Secondary Schools involving Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils. In Sussex, Stoolball is numbered among the sports under consideration.
  • Club Accreditation – Stoolball England have been chosen by Active Sussex’s Jo Irving to work with them while they themselves work towards becoming an organisation which can approve Club Mark clubs in Sussex. Following approval of Stoolball England as the governing body of stoolball, Stoolball England needs to upgrade its own accreditation scheme and are working in conjunction with Active Sussex to achieve this. Stoolball England was sad to learn that Jo Irving will be leaving Active Sussex shortly to work as a Hockey Relationships Manager with England Hockey. Jo too has been a very good ally to stoolball.
  • Adult Participation Programme – in an effort to provide a healthier workplace, companies are being encouraged to get their employees involved in lunchtime or after work sporting activities. Stoolball England would like stoolball to be added to the list of sports involved.
  • Golden Challenge – this is a programme created by Mel Dunn, the Partnership Development Manager from Hailsham Community College. It involves a series of sport specific skill based challenges that primary school children can achieve at bronze, silver and gold levels. Results are collated centrally and can be used to compare schools’ statistics, run inter-school competition, establish a winner for a sport and identify talent. A pilot scheme has already been undertaken involving 1,000 Key Stage One children where the results of each individual child are recorded on computer and can be compared to similar activities being undertaken by children in another school. The activities are made harder as children progress towards the gold level. A similar type of challenge is being planned for secondary schoolchildren. Thanks to Mel, stoolball features prominently in the list of sports.
  • ‘Escape to the Country’ – Stoolball England has received a request from Thames TV to film and interview a mixed team, initially on the East/West Sussex border between Uckfield and Lewes, but the venue has now moved towards the Eastbourne area. Filming is due to take place on Tuesday 2 August.
  • An interesting and informative article on stoolball was included in the July edition of ‘The Challenger’ magazine which is circulated in Horsham and surrounding areas.
  • A new book on stoolball, written by Andrew Lusted, is currently being printed and it is hoped that copies will be on sale at the Sussex County Stoolball Association’s Seaford tournament on 7 August. It includes the first known matches played between villages; the first woman to score a century; the first set of rules; and the earliest known painting of a woman dressed for stoolball and features the match between Glynde Butterflies and Chailey Grasshoppers.
  • Ruth Arthur has produced a simplified set of rules for primary and junior schools which can be laminated and stuck on the back of the wicket so that teachers have something to refer to when playing the game.
  • It was proposed that as usual there would not be a meeting during August.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10.10pm.

Date of next meeting: Proposed for Monday 12 September at 7.30pm at 53 Kings Road, Horsham.

John and Kay Price
28 July 2011

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