BLIND CRICKET ENGLAND AND WALES.
MINUTES: BCEW 2006 AGM.
Saturday, 4th November, 2006. RNIB, Judd Street, London.
Club Representatives: Alan Humphries (Warks) Gavin Griffiths (Warks) Matthew Dean (Metro) Ghow Ratnarajah (London) Stephen Andrews (Sussex)
Steering Committee: Tim Guttridge (Chairperson) Heindrich Swanepoel (Finance) David Townley (Secretary & Development) Miles Northwood (International) Peter Sugg (Fundraising)
1. Introduction, and Apologies.
2. Adoption of Core Documents.
3. Office Reports.
4. Club Proposals.
5. BCEW Expansion.
6. BCEW clubs participation in BBS/Primary Club Knockout Cup.
7. Any other business.
T.G. welcomed all to first BCEW AGM.. T.G. also expressed his thanks to all of the Steering Committee for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. A special mention of thanks was afforded to Geoff Smith for his role as Secretary before his resignation in mid-summer.
1.1. Apologies were accepted from Ian Morris (Steering Committee (Fixtures), and from Damion Corrigan (on behalf of South Wales Dragons. The following e-mail from D.C. was read out
Hope you're well!
Was just writing to say to you that I won't be at tomorrow's meeting. I can't remember what's been said or what's been emailed out even by myself on this matter but I'm basically no longer involved in running or administrating the Dragons. Howard is captain, Keryn vice captain and Neil's still involved but I think you might have trouble getting hold of him because work is very hectic and he's also got a lot on in the general sense at the moment. Therefore it's difficult for me to speak officially on behalf of the club and I also don't want to tread on any of the others toes.
I'm anticipating that you'll probably get a no show but again that's not us saying that BCEW does not have our support, you need to look at it from the point of view that we're currently short of willing and able administrators.
Should there be no Dragons presence at the meeting could you please read out this email on our behalf. I'd like to say thanks to BCEW and the committee for organising a fantastic year's cricket and in particular to Tim, Geoff and Ian for keeping things ticking over, thanks to Warwickshire and in particular Alan, Pete and Gav for organising their tournament, congratulations to yourself and Metro for winning the league and a general thanks to everyone we've seen this year. We hope next year builds on what's been achieved this year.
Leaving aside the message board problems that I expressed concerns about towards the end of the summer I think it's been a fantastic season. At the Dragons our interest is in competitive cricket, and a well and fairly administrated game. We understand that means our clubs needing to stick together and in spite of the occasional flare up we are more than willing to do so.
See you all next year, as usual we'll be raring to go and again thanks to everyone for all their hard work this season, certainly appreciate it.
Best of luck to those taking part in this winters' World Cup!
2.0. Adoption of Core Documents.
2.1. T.G. stated that the creation of said Core Documents were intended to be a fair and democratic way forward for blind cricket in the UK, (authorship accredited to T.G., M.N., and Geoff Smith). T.G. recommended the Documents be approved with just three amendments.
2.2.1. Core Document 1, Constitution and Procedures, November 2006. (4.2.3)Has not played in the BCEW National League in the season prior to the AGM. Such a club would need to apply in writing to the general secretary, to play in subsequent seasons. The clubs application for membership will then be placed before the AGM for ratification.
2.2.2. Core Document 1, Constitution and Procedures, November 2006.
(5.6) No club shall be permitted to vote at the AGM unless it has played in the BCEW National League that season, as their membership will have ceased.
2.2.3. Core Document 1, Constitution and Procedures, November 2006. (11.1) The committee will be a 7 member committee comprising of: Executive President/Chairman.
General Secretary/Vice President.
Fixtures and Technical Director.
Sponsorship and Public Relations Director.
2.3. Formal adoption of Core Documents, complete with agreed amendments.
3.0. Office Reports.
3.1. Chairman's Report.
We are coming up to our first year of BCEW and our first AGM. We completed a full league season and I think it was very successful. There is still much to do to make our organisation the complete success we all hoped it would be.
When BCEW was formed at the beginning of this year I was asked if I would be involved in it's conception. It was not hard for me to say yes, as blind cricket in my view, was on a downward spiral here in the UK. We are
all very familiar with all that has happened in our game over the past few years, so I will say no more on these issues. It was always my intention just to help where ever I could in BCEW's conception and not to become an elected committee member. As we still have much to do to make BCEW a complete success, I have been asked if I would stand for election on the New Elected Committee. I have decided to do this, but if elected, it would only be until I personally felt I could help no longer.
The interim Committee of BCEW have all worked extremely hard over this past year to establish BCEW. They have all put in an enormous amount of time and effort and have financed it all themselves. May I take this opportunity to thank David Townley, Heindrich Swanepoel, Ian Moriss, Miles Northwood, Peter Sugg and Geoff Smith for all they have done this past year.
At present we are involved in many negotiations with potential sponsors. These negotiations are going very well and we very much hope that they will turn into hard cash very soon. To overcome the financial issues of BCEW will make it much easier for us to establish our organisation.
We have applied for charitable status and hope this will be resolved very soon.
We have worked hard on producing a set of core documents for BCEW. Although these documents may not be perfect, they are working documents and can be adjusted and amended in due course. I would urge all Member Clubs to ratify these documents at this, our first AGM.
I will not elaborate on everything that has been achieved this year, as you will all receive reports from the rest of the interim committee.
I think it is fair to say, that we still have an enormous task ahead in making BCEW the organisation we all hope it will be.
I urge everyone in the year ahead, both on and off the field of play, to think of the main thing:
The Spirit Of Cricket!!!!
3.2. Treasurers report.
Below is an outline of the account for BCEW. As will be obvious from the account the money raised this season has been spend on international cricket as that was how it was raised. We are currently in the process of obtaining sponsorship for the domestic league next year as well as funding to run a substantial development programme. There has been generous donations towards our fund raising this year from 2 of our member clubs (Warwickshire and Metro) towards the cost of their players within the England squad. My personal thanks as well as that of the whole committee go to these clubs as well as all the other individuals who worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that funding was available. I would also like to thank all my fellow committee members who have all worked very hard and none of them have claimed any expenses for travel to meetings, endless telephone calls etc. hopefully in the next year we will be able to refund travel expenses to AGM.
ACCOUNT OPENED 3RD APRIL 2006 BALANCE
Annual Income: £16,702.92
Annual Expendature: £14,986.00
Balance as at 31st October 2006
3.3. Secretary's report.
Firstly, I need to acknowledge that Geoffrey Smith held this position from BCEWs inception until he resigned for personal reasons in mid-summer 2006.1 need to thank Geoff for the immense amount of work he put in to lay the foundations of BCEW. He was party in creating the Core Documents that form the basis of this organisation, and was instrumental in ensuring that the launch of BCEW playing competitive cricket was a smooth one.
Further, due to Geoffs firm foundation work, it has been relatively straightforward for me to continue in that vein. There have been regular committee meetings which have kept abreast of BCEW’s development throughout the season, and an accurate set of records kept.
In general terms, it has proved to be a very successful first season. We now plan to build modestly on this success in the coming year.
3.4. International report.
2006 has seen England Blind Cricket move from strength to strength, constituting a great year for BCEW.
The Year kicked off with a very successful tour to Sri Lanka in January. A series winning performance by the National Team in the first two games of this three match series allowed the younger, fringe players to experience the step up to international
cricket in the third match. Although we lost this game, the players acquitted themselves really well and promise good performances in the future. The conditions were the hottest the Team has ever played in and highlighted the need for supreme fitness.
In May we hosted Pakistan for a four match series. This didn't bring the best out of the England side and we went down three matches to one. Despite the result it was a successful venture. It was a worth while exercise in relations between England and Pakistan and in the year leading up to the world Cup which is to be held in Pakistan, good relations are paramount. Also, it kept our feet on the floor after a very successful period and enabled us to focus even more intensely on people's individual and squad training programs in the run up to December.
This year under BCEW, the England squad has had the chance to play more international cricket than ever before. As a Direct result of this, they are in the strongest position they have ever been in going in to a World Cup. At the end of this year the England squad will have under taken 11 training weekends, an away tour to Sri Lanka, A home tour against Pakistan and a World cup campaign. This has been a massive undertaking both finantually, and as a time commitment by all people involved both on the side of the administration and the players.
Such a program has allowed The development of young players from domestic cricket at a far greater rate than has been possible in the past and they are now a central and essential part of the England starting eleven. This is the way we foresee things continuing in the future. We have some exciting and new plans for next year which will hopefully accelerate and smooth the path from domestic to international cricket.
It has been a pleasure to work with the BCEW committee this year. It has been fantastic to know that if someone has said that they will do something, then it will be done. The end of the world Cup does see the end of one era, that is, Andy Sellins is stepping down as England coach on our return from Pakistan. We are hopeful that a new coach will be named by the second week of January at the latest but no names will be released until after the world cup. The thought of a new coach is a distraction that the present coach and the players do not need until after a successful world cup venture.
Yours sincerely, Miles.
3.5. Development report.
As this has been the first year of BCEW, the vast majority of development time has been spent on setting-up and developing the current league and international structure. This has varied from confirming playing rules and conditions, to fundraising, and general day-to-day committee work to ensure BCEW was a success in its first year.
However, there has been progress in grassroots development. A network of regional contacts have been made with sports development officers. These are now aware of BCEW’s existence, and our willingness to develop blind cricket with them further through next year.
Specific approaches have been made to prospective teams in Hampshire and Derbyshire, who have responded positively. These will be followed up during the close season with concrete offers of competitive cricket. It is also possible that similar offers will be afforded to young blind cricketers in the Greater London and South East areas.
The discussed plans for the development of both domestic and international blind cricket now need to be put into effect.
3.6. Fundraising report.
The formation of BCEW at the end of last year initially meant that it was strangely business as usual for clubs on the domestic front. Primary Club funding continued to support Clubs in the main supplemented by local fundraising .
On a National / International basis we very quickly formulated a Fundraising Strategy for the next three years that can be split into three categories ; Development, Domestic and International. We are currently talking to potential sponsors to fund all three categories and working with the Royal Bank of Scotland to try to fund the projects you will hear about from colleagues at the AGM.
One of the downsides this year has been the difficulty in trying to obtain Charitable Status which we are currently trying to rectify. Personally I feel a little to blame as it’s one of those jobs that I have not kept on top of mainly due to the day job . Anyway we will strive to get this sorted ASAP.
On a positive note We have managed to raise enough money to fund an International Series against Pakistan , and in partnership with the ECB funded the full costs of England attending the Blind Cricket World Cup in Pakistan in December 2006.
All the fund raising outlined above has been down to the hard work of the BCEW Interim Committee and other cricket colleagues . Can I take this opportunity to specifically thank , Redditch Pakistani Forum , Pertemps , Brian Johnson Memorial Trust, BCEW Clubs and all those people who have given their time free gratis to enable as much Blind Cricket to be played in England and Wales.
3.7. Formal acceptance of office reports agreed unanimously.
4.0. Club Proposals.
4.1. There are no club proposals put forward for discussion.
5.0. BCEW Expansion.
5.1. TG stated that, following a telephone conversation with Gary O'Neil on Friday 3rd November, Northern Galloways were intending to enter a team for the BCEW National League 2007 season. Awaiting written confirmation.
5.2. Discussion took place on closing date for club registration for entry into BCEW National League 2007 season. Unanimously agreed it should be 31st January 2007.
5.3. Advised of further meeting with ECB and BBS on 11th January 2007. Clubs will be informed of outcome.
5.4. Discussion took place on whether a club could play in more than one league in any one season, and, if undesirable, was it possible to legislate against it. It was agreed legislation was not viable, and safeguards were in place for clubs to fulfil their commitment to BCEW.
6.0. BBS/Primary Club Knockout Cup.
6.1. Discussion took place on whether BCEW clubs should make a collective decision on entering BBS/Primary Club Knockout Cup in 2007, or that it should be the individual clubs decision. Unanimously agreed that it should be the individual clubs decision.
7.0. Any Other Business.
7.1. TG requested that whoever was elected to be Development Director should make it a priority to engage with established contacts at Hampshire and Derbyshire, (and any other new clubs), in order to progress forward in providing competitive cricket for 2007 season.
7.2. It was agreed that it was essential for BCEW to provide third party insurance for its clubs and players. S.A. agreed to research Sussex Sharks source of insurance cover, and report back to the committee. DT would do likewise with Metro.
7.3. Unanimously agreed to implement an entry fee for clubs entering BCEW National League. A fee of £125 to be paid by 31st January 2007.
7.4. It was agreed that the setting up of a BCEW website as soon as possible was imperative. MN’s attempts to do so had been hampered by the long drawn-out process of gaining charity status. S.A. stated that he had useful contacts in this area, and would research further and report back to the committee.
7.5. A presentation of awards was made to the following: National League Champions 2006: Metro.
Winners Medals for Metro and runners up medals for Warwickshire. Batsman of the Year 2006: Toby Warren. Bowler of the Year 2006: Luke Sugg. B1 Player of the Year 2006: Nathan Foy. Partial Player of the Year 2006: Rory Field.
7.6. A.H. gave a vote of thanks to BCEW, and all involved, for a very successful first season.
8.0. Election of Committee Offices.
8.1. The following nominations were received for the Election:
Executive President/Chairman: Tim Guttridge (nominated by Metro).
General Secretary/Vice President: David Townley (Metro).
Finance Director: Heindrich Swanepoel (Metro).
Fixtures and Technical Director: Ian Morris (Sussex)
International Director: Miles Northwood (Sussex).
Development Director: Alan Humphries (Warwickshire).
Sponsorship and Public Relations Director: Peter Sugg (Warwickshire).
8.2. All seven nominees were unanimously elected to serve on the BCEW Committee.
9.0. All business concluded. Meeting closed.
General Secretary. 9th November 2006.
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