It has been another busy quarter for the BISHA Board and Sports Management Committee. The headline for this quarter is undoubtably the announcement of the IISHF u/19 European Championship coming back to our shores after a gap of over 16 years, we are extremely proud to have committed to this event and we hope many of you will support us making this a success to benefit British Roller Sports.
We have been overwhelmed with offers of help already, a massive thank you to the IISHF and the BISHA members involved with forming the proposal. The other notable successes are the recruitment of 4 key individuals keen to take forward the new era for our sport. Over the previous three months we have recruited a new National TD, Head of Health & Safety, Safeguarding Protection Officer and a new Team GB Men’s Assistant Coach. All new volunteers within this role are already making a significant impact.
Despite the wave of positivity above we cannot overlook the current Covid crisis, we are doing what we can for our members to return to playing once again within safe environments. We are ensuring that our venues are aligned to the ever-changing government policy as the impact of the virus is being understood and contained. Paul Cooper our new Head of Health & Safety has been extremely active to ensure member safety is paramount and communication of guidelines are transparent to clubs/teams.
Highlights for BISHA Q3 include:
One of the areas we really need support with is Marketing, as mentioned above we have plenty of content to share with members, but we need an individual to own and calendarise the cascade of information and also someone with Social Media skills available to load, manage and analyse the data.
Lastly, we would like to recognise the fantastic work at London Knightz and some of the recent content released to promote their club. Barry James is certainly an ambassador for BISHA and his dedication to uniting the local community and inline hockey is very apparent upon social media streams. As a board we are very much aware that our sport has a rich history which evolved from the streets of London and other inner cities. The work Barry and the club are doing is attempting to grow that membership segment once again and provide BISHA with the diversity of cultures it was built upon in the 1980’s – well done Knightz!
Stay Safe BISHA Members
The BISHA Board
Great news coming out of the British Roller Sports Federation this morning. The return to play has been granted by the Government. Skating Rinks have been confirmed to re open and leisure centre albeit with restrictions are also re opening.
This is good news and now we will be working to get Skater Hockey restarted as soon as possible.
The BRSF update stated:
I am very pleased to announce that our return to play guidance has been approved by the DCMS today.
Whilst we remain at Phase 4 on our roadmap this news is the first positive step in our phased return to competitions.
We will now be working with our disciplines who provide outdoor competitions to develop their risk assessments in line with current guidance in the hope of getting some form of outdoor competitions being able to take place.
We are delighted to announce that Paul Cooper will join the BISHA Management team heading up our Health and Safety role.
Paul and his team will be responsible for directing our Covid Return and general health and safety policies. This is yet another example of the new BISHA implementing the structures needed to not only support and grow our sport but to also help our clubs and members.
Paul is clearly a Hockey Guy through and through and with a wealth of professional health and safety experience he is the right man for the job.
We still have roles available for you to help shape the future of BISHA. Please visit https://bishahockey.co.uk/page?id=5
The BISHA board are delighted to provide Will this opportunity. This is an appointment to underline our intent to attract individuals who possess a drive and passion to move the New BISHA forward. Will has a good knowledge of the BISHA calendar, he is highly regarded as one of our leading officials and has an established network of connections with other IISHF nations. We are looking forward to Will joining the board with fresh thinking and ideas to implement, which will further improve our national game.
Will has said:
"I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take on this role and to really push forward the vision of BiSHA and skater hockey within the UK, I can’t wait to get started and to help grow and develop our sport, I have some really exciting plans and ideas moving forward and i really want to make officiating an exciting element to our game for our current and future officials"
If you have any questions or queries please message us directly or visit www.bishahockey.co.uk
BISHA 2020 Quarter 2 Report
Following the achievements seen in Quarter 1 the board have continued to make further progress during the Spring, the 'Return to Rink ' plans are currently at the forefront of our thinking, which I am sure many of you are keen to see happen soon. This is a strategy which we intend to implement swiftly and above all safely. We intend to deliver this under the guidance of our incoming National TD and Health & Safety Officer who will have the remit of overseeing Covid policy We are shortly due to share an update on the latest BISHA Covid situation as well as a guide to support BISHA, Clubs and Members, this is currently in final review prior to release.
Whilst in lockdown the board have continued to meet regularly and directly tackle areas of the sport head on. Below are some of the highlights from Q2:
Health & Safety
Ahead of us in Q3 there are three immediate priorities which we will focus upon. The recruitment of new faces for our vacant positions and the identification/advertising of further roles. Implementation and monitoring of the 'Return to Rink' policy is essential to for our whole BISHA community. Last but not least is to assess the feasibility of GB hosting a IISHF Tournament for the first time in 16 years, this is very much something the Board would be very proud to deliver for our members. To progress this we are required to form a working group, who will explore this opportunity for board approval and submission of the application in September to the IISHF.
Finally, if you wish to make a difference to the 'New BISHA' and get involved, then please channel this interest via your Club Stakeholder Rep.
Stay Safe BISHA Members
The BISHA Board
COVID-19: BISHA Update
Following a board review of the Covid-19 situation and based upon the Government’s ongoing plan to ease social restrictions, the following has been concluded.
Changes to the 2020 season
We have plans to return to competition on the 22nd of August. This will be a tournament format and will complete the season in the available time. The specific format details will be shared via your stakeholder committee member.
We will follow government and Sport England guidance on ‘Returning to Play’ and have provided frameworks and guidance for your clubs via your stakeholder members. We have also released our venue protocols to ensure required social restrictions are preserved. Please contact your stakeholder committee member for referenced guidance and documentation.
BISHA are committed to bringing hockey back to you as soon as possible in a safe environment for members.
Please refer to the most recent IISHF communication released 28th June and available online;
BISHA’s continued activity during restrictions Since the last quarterly report we have cleared the club’s arears from last season, updated the new directors of BISHA on company’s house, developed a recruitment policy and opened vacancies in two pivotal roles, there is the ongoing involvement with the IISHF livestreaming project and the development of an exciting marketing strategy which outlines a step change in the organisation a supports the vision for our sport.
To get involved and help shape the future then please refer to the opportunities shared with your club’s stakeholder via email or go to our website and social media platforms, you can also reach out directly if you would like join the new team! Kind regards
The BISHA Board
This week BISHA have two important and pivotal roles to offer our current members and prospective membership. We are seeking individuals keen to make a difference and be part of the new organisation to support our ambitious plans to rebuild / grow the sport.
The first role is the BISHA National TD position which is primarily responsible for the delivery of the BISHA Calendar of events and ensuring they are facilitated in accordance with the sports constitution and rules. Our second role is the current BISHA IISHF Ambassador position which acts as a liaison point between BISHA and the International Governing Body (IISHF). The role will be responsible for carrying the BISHA vote for any sport/rule amendments and there will be a small amount of overseas travel required throughout the year. Both role profiles will be loaded in the coming days.
Following the announcement of the new roles we say thank you to Dee for her dedication to both BISHA & IISHF over the last decade. We are keen to retain Dee within the sport and we are currently exploring the possibility of Dee contributing to the next chapter by spearheading the BISHA vets programme."
Please visit our Jobs page for more information
Please see the latest Covid-19 situation update from BISHA. If you have any questions or queries please contact Steve Dickinson or message us directly
Stay safe, Stay at home.
Please see the latest BISHA update in relation the the 2020 League
Just a very brief update from us in relation to our position in relation to COVID-19.
The intention of BISHA is to fall in line with guidance from the Government on sporting events. We have shared the current IISHF position, however, due to the IISHF policy spanning multiple Countries we may need to take remedial action which is more aligned to local needs here in the UK. We also need to consider the stretch on our organisation during this period to ensure we place the well-being of members first.
The “Reynoldson Cup” will still continue this weekend and there has been a lot of work gone into the planning of this event both on and off rink, we will recognise individuals over the weekend. Whilst on the subject of recognition we would like to thank Dave Edmondson at the Bordon Rink who has made venue adjustments to accommodate the tournament. Over the next 24 hours please stay close to our regular communication channels for any further updates.
The next item on our BISHA calendar is the launch of our league schedule which has been set and communicated with league stakeholder members, but once again we cannot overlook the fact we may need to postpone.
Lastly we would like to take this opportunity to flag that we are still trying to fill a Safeguarding Officer role for the sport which is being covered by Board members at present. The role profile for this position will be reposted on this site shortly, in the interim if you are interested or would like to be involved with working with BISHA in other capacities then please escalate this via your club stakeholder committee member
Team GB U19 enter the BISHA 2020 Senior league again. The rules for the team entry and players are as follows.
- Players who are eligible, qualified or invited by TEAM GB Coaches or management can play for the GB U19 league team.
- 2020 team will see players who are over age play in the league team but this is subject to TEAM GB coaching and management confirmation. This will be for players who are in their first year of over age only.
- Players MUST play for their home club if playing against TEAM GB U19.
This is a great opportunity to be considered for the GB Squad and for the U19 team to step into the senior league, We also hope this will create a smooth transition from U19 to Senior GB. If you want to be considered for any of the GB Squads please contact TeamGB@bishahockey.co.uk
The outcomes of the BISHA EGM in December 2019 have now been finalised!
Changes proposed at the EGM have now been given the required 6-week consideration period for all major decisions and as such are formally approved.
We would still like to highlight that all clubs remain able to;
We are keen to expand the organisation, with more hands making lighter work, and increasing the organisations capacity to deliver great hockey at all levels! We are looking to drive participation at the grassroots and have an intense desire to put the British teams and clubs back at the European top table!
· If there are any roles in which you are interested, skilled, knowledgeable or professional please register your interest within.
· We will welcome any contribution no matter how small to any role (1 hour per day/month/year that you are happy to dedicate we would warmly welcome)
· We would also offer the opportunity to register experience for a CV or professional vocation
· Or time for educational projects in for example sports science, events management, project/team management, coaching, safe guarding and welfare, human resources, finance, marketing and technology etc.
Please share this within your own clubs and with anyone you feel may have an interest in being involved. Also feel free to contact me if you have any questions in relation to the above or the sport in general.
BISHA Hockey ltd: Chief Executive of Operations
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Dear BiSHA Members
Following a successful British National Championships (it was great to see it so well attended with crowds for all age groups), we would like to update you on the recent EGM held in Borden on 7th December 2019. Following AGM in July, we have listened to our members and the intention is to be more transparent and inclusive going forward.
The meeting was well attended (15 people) from a wide range of clubs and officials too. We also received input via email from some of the clubs who were not able to attend on the day.
The purpose was to review proposals that had been prepared by the BiSHA Working Group set up after our AGM, looking at how we can organise and strengthen the association going forward. We are pleased to say that there was very healthy debate and discussions on the various points (see attached slides), and we were able to get consensus on some of the important changes needed.
As a result, we have now identified a new organisation structure, more people to help, and a significant mandate to proceed with the changes. We will as a matter of procedure publish these suggestions to ensure we allow the required 6-week consideration period for all major decisions, after which the changes will be ratified formally. We are therefore asking you to:
Your feedback needs to reach us on or before the 18th January 2020.
We recognise that our sport has faced many challenges in recent years, but we feel optimistic that these positive steps will move us forward and ensure we continue to enjoy the sport we all love.
We look forward to your feedback and contributions.
All our thanks.
Dee and the BiSHA Board.
To download the presentation go to Media => Documents and you will see it here
The Agenda and outcomes for the EGM are as follows:
1. Welcome – Dee Dalton
2. The key challenges facing our sport and an overview of the review we have undertaken - Dee Dalton & Mike Paton
3. The suggested new organisational structure and reason for it, slides to be shown at the meeting for discussion & how to progress – Steve Dickinson
4. The role and contribution of the clubs and the new stakeholder committee – this was previously agreed and now the practical workings need ratification i.e. the registration process and who will start on this committee.
5. The principle changes and implications for our Memorandum and Articles of Association. This needs ratification by solicitors once changes are agreed in principle – Dee Dalton
6. Suggested immediate focus / considerations to prepare for 2020 and developing a new strategy for BiSHA. – Simon Price, Mike Paton & Steve Dickinson
7. Leadership positions to get us started – restate key contribution required and then vote for each role – Dee Dalton
8. Thanks, and close – Dee Dalton
The Mid Suffolk Mutts Skater Hockey Club had the pleasure of going to Hatfield Leisure Centre to watch some of BISHA’s best teams battle it out in their allocated league. It was a true inspiration for our novice club to see the quality and speed of the young players coming through the ranks of the south region.
Just so you know who we are, the Mutts were formed in January 2019 to bring Skater Hockey to Suffolk. We have made it accessible to all by funding protective kit and promoting the sport across the region. Within two months we found a home, built up a plan and recruited 18 Peewee’s all learning to skate and play the sport.
99% of our 18 players had never seen the game of skater hockey played in real life, so when the lovely Liz and Jan invited us down we jumped at the chance.
I was lucky enough to play against teams like, B’Wood and The Warriors when BISHA had a premier league. So on the road trip down from Suffolk I had the chance to tell a few stories about team clashes and personal triumphs (unfortunately there were more clash stories about other teams than my personal triumphs ).
Our team rocked up to the venue to stands rammed with fans ready for the first game. All the Mutts squeezed in and watched three games of fast, physical hockey, which was a perfect illustration for new young players. Our newly appointed goalie was focused on every net minder movement, position, and celebrated every save, whilst all our other players were getting excited by the speed of play, the matching kits, and some big hits.
We even had parents asking if they could play due to the excitement of watching the sport.
I was stupidly impressed by the quality of the play, there is always a few players that stand out from the crowd but each team showed graft and heart and played hard for the club badge on the front of their jerseys.
Mutts are constantly working on teamwork and respect, not just simply by understanding the passing and movement of the game but by supporting each other on and off the pitch as well as respecting other teams. It was great to see each team proudly shake hands and promote pure sportsmanship.
I could not wish for a better morning to inspire young players to play Skater Hockey.
From all the Mutts we would like to say thank you for your support and guidance whilst setting up the club as well constantly pushing a highly addictive and awesome sport.
Mid Suffolk Mutts Skater Hockey Club.