Whole Council Conference 2015

Whole Council Conference 2015

England Council Conference 2015
 
The third annual conference of the England Council took place on Saturday 10th October, as representatives from England’s nine regional councils met at the University of Birmingham to discuss a range of issues affecting the sport at grassroots level.
 
The agenda for the conference was as follows:
 
10:30-11:00 Arrival and Coffee
11:00-11:15 Welcome – Tony Shiret
11:15-12:00 Finances and Updates – Michael Davis and Peter Crawshaw, Peter King
12:00-13:00 Group Discussions (Coaching, Competition, Officials)
13:00-13:15 Feedback
13:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Group Discussions (Council Structure/Operations)
15:00-15:15 Feedback
15:15-15:30 Niels De Vos
 
Welcome
 
The day began with the Chair of the National Council, Tony Shiret, welcoming the delegates and thanking them for their efforts over the past 12 months. Progress and developments that the council had made since 2014, as reported by Tony included:
 
  • Council now being represented on the UK TAG (Technical Advisory Group) and its Endurance and Education subgroups
  • UK YDL Trial Events
  • Co-ordinated opposition to proposed age group changes.
Finances and Updates
 
Peter King, Chair of England Athletics and a National Council member, gave a national update and Michael Davis, EA Head of Finance and Governance gave an overview of EA’s finances. The slides presented can be found via the links at the bottom of this page.
 
Group Discussions 
 
The first round of group discussions focused on Officials, Coaching and Competition, while the second session focused on the council structure itself and councillors reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
 
Some of the notes taken are provided at the bottom of this page.
 
Panel Discussion
 
Tony Shiret, Peter King and Mike Harris (EA Board Member and Chair of the North West Council) were joined by Niels De Vos, CEO of UK Athletics and formed a panel that took questions from the councillors present.
 
Key questions posed to Niels De Vos included whether UKA was intending to select full teams for the 2017 World Championships and whether UKA could ensure that indoor competition would continue to take place in the Midlands following changes to the ownership of the NIA. He also provided an update on progress made on securing sponsorship.
 
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