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Minutes of Management Meeting, January 2012

Thursday 19 January 2012, 10.17pm

The Management Committee of Stoolball England met at 53 Kings Road, Horsham, on Monday 16 January 2012 at 7.45pm.

1. Present

  • Shirley Reed (President)
  • John Price (Chairman)
  • Becky Hull (Vice-Chairman)
  • Kay Price (Secretary)
  • Trevor Parsons (Treasurer)
  • Rick Mason (Website Administrator)
  • Kevin Hilliard (Club Accreditation)
  • Ruth Arthur (Coaching Development)

2. Apologies for absence

  • Kelvin Speirs (Rules and Umpires)
  • Michael Ledwich (Insurance)

3. Minutes of the last Management meeting

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

4. Matters arising from the last Management meeting and Stoolball England AGM

There were no matters arising from the Management meeting that would not be covered in items later in the meeting. As a result of the changes to the rules which were approved at the AGM, Rick Mason has already provided the Secretary with a draft copy to check.

5. Small Grants bid

  • Strategy document: Amendments have been made to this document following recommendations from Active Sussex and other sports administration bodies.
  • Equipment bid: It was agreed that the proposed purchase of a bowling machine, batting cage, banners, netting and posts should go ahead. These items will enhance our presence at the public and community sporting events.
  • National team: It was agreed to proceed with the formation of an England national ladies stoolball team. Nominations to be requested from leagues, associations and friendly groups. It is planned to produce further England teams for ladies at under 21 level and at senior and under 21 level for mixed teams.
  • Part-time development manager: It was agreed that funding was needed to support this important role.
  • The meeting was informed that support for our bid had been requested from the Sport & Recreation Alliance and development partners from Active Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. The Secretary reported that Kent had already responded positively.

6. Community Sports Events for 2012

The Secretary produced a list of events in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire that Stoolball England personnel will be attending during 2012. The Chairman pointed out that help from clubs and their members local to the venues will be asked to lend their support.

7. Coaching in Schools 2012

Becky Hull and Ruth Arthur were asked to look at the feasibility of continuing the Horsham Primary Schools’ Festival and whether or not it will be possible to continue the coaching programme which has been carried out over the last three years.

8. Survey of stoolball clubs

The Chairman pointed out that our details on affiliated members’ clubs needed considerable improvement in our administration and he was pleased to advise the committee that Richard Emsley, a past Secretary of our governing body, had offered to carry out a survey on our behalf. It was unanimously agreed that he be asked to proceed. Additionally it was agreed that he should also examine the whole administration process in relation to membership.

9. Courses

  1. Following the success of the umpires’ and scorers’ course held last year, another course is being organised at Plumpton Cricket Club on a Sunday in April to be confirmed. The cost per person will be £5.
  2. A Level 2 coaching course will be held at Alfold Village Hall on 24/25 March at a cost to be announced. The possibility of a Level 1 course will be pursued.

10. Management reports

  1. The Treasurer, Trevor Parsons, reported that there had been no change in the financial situation since the AGM in November.
  2. Website: There was a request from Rick Mason that the details on the Stoolball England website should be used to contact individual clubs to avoid creating a new database.
  3. Insurance: There will be an update from Michael Ledwich at the next meeting in February.

11. Any other business

  • “Escape to the Country: We are still waiting for the episode involving stoolball at East Dean to be shown on BBC2.
  • Response to Green Field’s letter: In August, we were asked to write to the Department for Communities and Local Government to make sure that the Green Belt, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest continue to be protected and that any development is not at the expense of our natural and historic environment. We received an acknowledgement at the end of November which confirmed that due consideration would be given to the protection of our countryside.
  • “Lighter Later” campaign: The third reading of this Bill is on 20 January and if passed, it is likely to gain Royal Assent. The Government will then be committed to researching the effect of aligning our waking hours to the hours of daylight by shifting the clocks forward by one hour throughout the year. This change would have clear potential benefits for sport and recreation and our support has been requested to make sure that our MPs attend the third reading and vote in favour of the Bill. The Committee was in total agreement that Stoolball England support this campaign and local MPs will be contacted accordingly.
  • Stoolball DVD launch – plans for an official launch were discussed.
  • Scorebooks – with stocks nearly exhausted, Kevin Hilliard asked the committee for feedback on the draft scorebooks so that they can be finalised and sent to the printers.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10pm.

Next meeting: Monday 27 February at 7.45pm at 53 Kings Road Horsham.

John and Kay Price
17 January 2012

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