Basketball England’s new Operating Model for Regions has already taken its first few steps towards helping to change the sport’s grassroots. The Model focuses on improved collaboration, a single unified approach and better two-way communication between Basketball England and the 10 Regions.
A more defined role for regions with clearly established responsibilities should enable the sport to have a more joined up approach across key activities with consistent communication across the country. In turn, each region will act as an arm of Basketball England, delivering the same objectives and shared goals.
Since the turn of the year, Regional Chairs have been appointed in the West Midlands and East regions, with the posts carrying a new remit and a significant focus on governance, safeguarding, talent, participation, coaching, officiating, events and more.
Angela Griffin has been appointed to the East Region, and Luke Freer is now in post in the West Midlands. Both hope to take the sport forward as early advocates of the new Model.
“I’m really excited, and quite proud that I’ve been appointed,” said Freer, who finds time to coach at Redditch Basketball Club amongst his other work in the game. “The West Midlands region is a great place with a lot of dedicated people involved in really great stuff. It will be really good to bring everyone together to try and achieve more. This role can fill the gap between Basketball England and the local game, helping communication and transparency for everyone.”
That was a sentiment echoed by Griffin, a dedicated volunteer who is integral to the Hertfordshire Basketball Association. “I’m excited by this model, and the opportunity for everyone within the basketball family up and down the country having one voice to work with Basketball England. I look forward to bringing everyone together in the East region, and getting everyone working together to develop basketball as much as we can.”
Both new Chairs will start their duties with immediate effect, prompting the next stage of the Model to get underway. The remaining 8 Basketball England regions will now enter into a recruitment process to appoint their own Chairs, with openings available in the North West, North East, Yorkshire, South, South West, London, East Midlands and the South East.
Interested candidates should send their CV and a covering letter, detailing in no more than two sides of A4 how they are suited to the role, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm, 3 April 2018. Please also state which area you are applying for.
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