On 1 August 2018, Basketball England’s membership portal will open for the 2018/19 season. From that point, all clubs and members will be able to log on and begin registering for the upcoming season! With that date just around the corner, we wanted to update our members on a number of plans we have for the next 12 months so we can keep pushing the sport onwards and upwards.
We will continue to improve our green-rated Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) safeguarding and welfare provision to make sure the sport is as safe and accessible as possible. That will include embedding safeguarding practice at a regional level, creating a youth engagement programme and making further improvements to our screening & vetting processes for people within the game. This will ensure that relevant qualifications and training are in place and minimum standards are met. We want to help our clubs to deliver best practice and will be providing additional training and support this season.
For all our clubs, Basketball England has increased clubs’ and members’ public liability insurance cover from £5m to £10m, keeping all our participants ahead of the recommended industry standards for cover. We have been working with numerous sources to fully assess what additional support clubs need to help them run successfully and grow over time. Based on this, we are also designing a range of support services for clubs to take advantage of during the 2018/19 season.
All of our coaches will be able to benefit from a redefined pathway in the coming months that will help to lead an improvement in a number of key areas across the sport. Also, in order to service the ever growing needs of the game, we will be creating a sizable drive to recruit and upskill both table officials and referees across the country. We will be upgrading and revamping the officiating curriculum to create more and better officials to support everything we have planned.
In addition to all of this, we will be addressing the disparity between male and female participation in playing, coaching and officiating and will be running a campaign to increase awareness and accessibility. We are designing the campaign by assessing the barriers to getting involved and linking with the motivations people need to get involved in the sport. We will shortly be asking the membership about their views on the campaign and how they can get involved.
Despite everything we have planned for the next 12 months, membership fees have only received a modest increase for 2018/19. £1 has been added to standard Basketball England membership but we are delighted to announce that all additional fees for local league referees, table officials and coaches have remained constant. Club registration fees have risen to accommodate the increase in insurance cover, but this is the first time club registration prices have risen in a number of seasons.
For a complete breakdown of membership fees for the 2018/19 season, please CLICK HERE.
NBL specific fees were released earlier this year. To view them for the 2018/19 season, please CLICK HERE.
The membership portal can be accessed by all members from 11am on 1 August 2018 by clicking on the button below .