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NISA Director Portfolios and Technical Committee Membership Elections 2012
|Announcement of the election process||6th March 2012|
Closing date for receipt of applications.
Applications cannot be accepted after this date.
|10th April 2012|
|Ballot papers published on the NISA website along with Agenda and venue for the AGM.||20th April 2012|
Ballot papers to be returned to;
Simon Bates, Harvey Ingram Solicitors, 20 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6TX.
|18th May 2012
|Proxy voting forms for AGM business to be returned to Simon Bates, Harvey Ingram Solicitors, 20 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6TX||24th May 2012
|AGM: Formal announcement of the duly elected Board of Directors and members of the Technical Committees.||26th May 2012
|NISA AGM – Jury's Inn, Nottingham (Agenda)||26th May 2012
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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AT THE HEART OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF NISA'S STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS?
NISA invites applications from Full or Licensed Coaching members to stand for election to the NISA Board and/or Technical Committees to continue to drive forward our strategy ensuring that we all take ownership and delivery of our mission:
"Encouraging promotion and participation in ice-skating, whilst pursuing a skater development model which allows people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to achieve their potential within ice skating through the provision of quality infrastructures and support services."
"Skate for fun, skate for gold and skate for life"
If you believe that you, or someone who you know, possesses the cross discipline knowledge, skills and desire to achieve the above and can command cross discipline support, why not consider standing for election to the NISA Board as a Director working on a volunteer basis with the Chief Executive to help deliver our Strategic Plan (Article 10(4)).
If you have the technical skills and comprehensive IJS knowledge within your chosen Discipline, there are opportunities to stand for election to one of our five Technical Committees (Article 17 (1)). The role will be to ensure that NISA continues to deliver all the technical aspects of our sport to a high professional standard under the umbrella of the ISU our International Governing Body.
Message from Chris BuchananDear NISA Member,
Many of you will have been in receipt of an email from Tony Baron yesterday. This email was sent without my knowledge or permission. One of the attachments, an email from me to Judy Clinton regarding her Synchronized Skating judging, was genuine and I stand by the contents of that email.
However, at no point did I agree for that it could be distributed to the NISA membership by Tony Baron and I most certainly do not wish my name to be associated with any particular candidates in the upcoming NISA election as I feel that, as an ISU Technical Committee Chairman and Office Holder, it is inappropriate for me to use the ISU name to imply endorsement of any individual or group of individuals.
The underhand way in which my name has been hijacked to imply support of a particular group of candidates is reprehensible and has angered me beyond words. I have been resolute in keeping a position of neutrality and allowing the due process to be followed. How dare someone take that from me with no consultation or permission. To me, this behaviour is a clear indication of the moral fibre and ethics of the person responsible.
Some of the people mentioned in the email are personal friends and I am not suggesting that I believe they are in any way supportive of what Tony Baron has done. This message should not be taken as a criticism of the people listed in his email but neither should it be taken as an endorsement of any individual or group of individuals.
It is my right to keep my voting intentions private. That is what I have done throughout, what has been, a very unpleasant election process. That process has not been helped by such unscrupulous behaviour shown by someone who wishes to be elected as NISA Vice President, but I will continue to keep my own counsel.
I hope that our association will elect a Board that can move the sport forward and work in a manner that is for the benefit of all NISA members.
ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee Chairman NISA Synchronized Skating Technical Committee Chairman NISA Ice Dance Committee Member
VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSOn Saturday 28th April 2012, NISA was pleased to host an evening for all the members of the Organising Committee and volunteer Team Leaders who worked on the ISU European Figure Skating Championships.
It was a thank you celebration to all the individuals who freely gave up their time over 7 or more days of their lives with complete commitment and enthusiasm to make the European's such a fabulous and successful event.
Over 60 guests attended a dinner at the Aston Hotel Sheffield and were treated to entertainment from a company called 'Musical Masquerades' who provided surprise singers who were all West End trained Classical Opera singers.
The evening was funded through the European Championship's budget within which provision was made in the accounts before the announcement of the record surpluses.
"We do hope that you have recovered from the wildly successful week end / dinner what an evening to remember the entertainment was such a hoot I have not laughed so much for a long time I hope the surprise of it all was wonderful. It was so good to get together without thinking we had to be up at some unearthly hour."
"Just to say many thanks for an enjoyable evening, we had a lovely evening and managed to catch up with lots of people as well as make some new acquaintances. The singing/entertainment was fabulous and certainly got people on their feet having a good time. The effort you all put into making these events happen is incredible and very much appreciated, so once again thank-you"
30th April 2012
European Figure Skating Championship's record financial success leaves legacyThe European Figure Skating Championships organised by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) on behalf of the ISU was not only a historic sporting moment but also made a record surplus for NISA - the majority of which will now be ploughed back into the sport.
The European Championships was the only event supported financially by UK Sport in 2012 and made a £373,479 surplus for NISA when it was held at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield from 23-29 January 2012.
No other sport, apart from Wimbledon, has been able to achieve such a high profit in the last 12 months and the spectator income was more than double expected at £371,528.
NISA bosses have announced that of that surplus, £260,000 will be ring-fenced for skater and coach development.
The European Championships has been the culmination of a number of years of very hard work, not only by senior staff but also, a small group of directors.
Liz Littler, European Championships Event Director and NISA judge said: "I am extremely pleased at the great public and financial success of the Championships.
"I am proud to have worked alongside the many volunteers who committed their time and energies in the full belief that NISA was more than capable of staging such a fantastic event.
"The Board's plans for the Championships, to leave NISA with a substantial profit, specifically ring-fenced for skater and coach development, have now been fulfilled.
"Whilst it is imperative that the funds are carefully managed, I very much look forward to seeing NISA and our skaters move from strength to strength within a structured framework under this legacy."
Courtney Jones, OBE, Honorary Member ISU and former NISA president, said: "I know, from personal experience in 1989 and 1995, the necessity of reaching the very high standard required by the ISU to organise a Championship and how much dedication is required by all involved.
"A great job was done by everyone connected with the Championship and they all deserve our heartiest congratulations.
"Personally I am delighted to see the finances of NISA returned to the level they were when I stepped down as president in 1995 after the World Championships in Birmingham.
"This excellent financial legacy will enable NISA to further develop skating, in all its disciplines, throughout the UK."
Summary Revenue and Expenditure Summary
|RING-FENCED FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT|
|NETT RETAINED PROFIT||£113,479*|
A detailed Revenue and Expenditure account can be found here.
Keith Horton Chief Executive of NISA said "We have worked hard to reinforce NISA's credibility within the ISU skating family and also to prove to the world that NISA is capable of delivering World Class Skating Championships in the UK.
"The incredible financial success of the Championships was achieved through hard work by a very dedicated group of volunteers' careful budgets.
"The legacy from this event can now be used for future generations of British ice skaters as they strive to achieve Olympic success. However, this said, any expenditure will only be committed through sound financial plans linked to robust strategic and operational plans."
Over the next few weeks NISA will publish the outline proposals for the ring-fenced monies. Plans include some very exciting initiatives brought into the UK for the very first time.
Sell-out Europeans puts ice skating in sporting spotlightThe sell-out ISU European Figure Skating Championships was one of the most successful sporting events of the decade, a new report has revealed.
The study, produced on behalf of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA), looked at a range of activity during the prestigious Championship, which put ice skating in the spotlight across the globe when it was held from 23-29 January 2012.
The event attracted much attention due to it coming back to Great Britain for the first time in 20 years and was held at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.
It was the only event supported financially by UK Sport in 2012 and it is projected to make a substantial surplus for NISA.
Over the seven-day period, more than 26,000 spectators packed out the arena and the Saturday competition sold out.
The following day 73% of seats were filled for the Gala which featured NISA's current British Dance Champions, Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland who were encouraged to participate in the Gala by the ISU even though they finished outside the top five.
It even attracted royalty as HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, attended the first day of the main competition and watched the Opening Ceremony, Pairs Short programme and Short Dance.
South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire school pupils were also able to benefit from the event and more than 3,300 students attended after tickets were given out across the region as part of an educational programme run by NISA.
Headteacher of Tibshelf Infant and Nursery School in Derbyshire, Zoe Stokes, said: "What a fantastic experience for my group of seven year-olds!
"Talk has been nothing short of them arranging to go ice skating and practice hard to become future skating champions. This is just what the country needs – to inspire youngsters to take part in sport and aim high."
Bex Shepherd, class teacher at Newbold Community School, Derbyshire, said the free tickets were a great idea as very few students would have been able to afford them and for many it was the only opportunity to go to such a major event.
She added: "The day was absolutely brilliant. My students really loved it and didn't want to leave."
The sport's online presence grew significantly during the event as a further 1,524 Facebook users 'liked' ISU European Figure Skating Championship's page, bringing the total number of fans to 2,374 at the end of January.
Also 1,759 people were 'talking about' NISA and 92 posts were made over the week.
After the Championships there were 490 more Twitter followers on the NISA Twitter account, bringing the total followers at the end of January to 840.
At the Arena over half of attendees (56%) bought an event programme and 34% bought merchandise. Liz Littler, European Championships Event Director, said: "The Championships put competitive ice skating, NISA and Sheffield's world-class facilities on the map."
Robin Cousins OBE, NISA Vice President added: "It was very well organised, publicised and was an amazing spectacle which attracted big crowds. We were delighted to be able to invite thousands of school children and help to inspire the next generation of ice skating stars."
Prime-time news coverage was given to the Championships from across the BBC and 56 regional radio stations marked the occasion.
Sheffield-based Televideo was the host broadcaster for the event and provided a live feed for international TV broadcasters including Eurosport and the BBC. The BBC also followed the Championships on the red button. National newspapers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and 95 regional titles all highlighted one of the most important events in the ice skating calendar.
Championship news spread even further afield with the Scotsman, Irish Independent and the Daily Post in Wales also giving coverage.
The Europeans has become the second successful Championships organised by NISA during the last 12 months. In March 2011 NISA delivered, on behalf of the ISU, a very successful World Short Track Championships.
Financial boost for Performance and Development brings medal successNew figures have highlighted the National Ice Skating Association's (NISA) commitment to investing in the future stars of the sport.
In 2011, building on the success of our Short Track Elite Programme, NISA increased its spend on the World Class Performance Plan by almost 40 per cent. These are extra monies awarded from the UK Sport Lottery Programme.
However using NISA's own reserves, expenditure on our figure skaters also increased by 36 percent to a total of £36,500.
A total of £727,842 was invested in Performance and Development in the last year compared to £527,699 in 2010.
NISA's Performance and Development squads are made up of 182 (56 NISA Development, 100 ISU Development and 26 Performance) of the best young skaters from across the country who represent GB at skating competitions worldwide.
2010/11 also saw an increase in the subsidy that NISA makes towards the staging of the four British Championships (Figure, Adults, Solo and Short Track) and the three IJS events. A total of £71.9k was contributed from NISA's income.
It comes as NISA, the Governing Body for ice skating in the UK, has also recently announced a surplus of more than £40,000 for the 2010/2011 financial year, a £2,000 increase from the previous financial year.
Whilst increasing expenditure on skaters, NISA continues to control very tightly its expenditure. In 2010/11, expenditure only increased by 2.8 per cent, well below the official rates of inflation.
Combined with income from the Europeans Figure Skating Championships and World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, NISA's turnover for 2011/12 was more than £3m.
Keith Horton, Chief Executive of NISA, said: "In this challenging climate, we are delighted with these financial results. By carefully managing our resources, we are very pleased to have been able to significantly increase our spend on Performance/Development and events.
"The skaters in this squad are the future of this sport and we are committed to giving them the best opportunity to succeed at international level.
"The investment is clearly paying dividends. We have enjoyed a very successful 2011/12 skating season, which has not only seen NISA bring both the sell-out European Figure Skating and the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships to Sheffield, but our GB Figure skaters have scooped almost 20 international medals from tournaments across the globe."
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Skating takes off across UK with SportivateIce skating has taken off at local rinks across the country thanks to a multi-million pound initiative introduced by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA).
NISA Development Manager Matt Lloyd launched the Sport England initiative, Sportivate, across a number of ice rinks across England including Birmingham, Altrincham and Gosport.
The initiative, which is Lottery funded, aims to encourage youngsters to participate in sport.
NISA, the UK ice skating governing body, is dedicated to increasing participation in the sport and Sportivate has helped boost the numbers of young people getting involved over the last 12 months.
Birmingham has been particularly successful and thought to be the best performing Sportivate programme in the country across all sports. Over the past six weeks, more than 140 14 -25 year olds have taken part in structured skating sessions, which have clearly defined pathways to further participation.
Matt, 39, who was appointed by NISA last year to establish a new regional set up to support the development and advancement of ice skating, is pleased with the results.
He said: "Sportivate has been a massive success. We have really seen a boost in the numbers of young people at the rinks and many have chosen to carry on with the sport after the period of Sportivate coaching."
Matt, who competed in ice sledge hockey at the 2006 Winter Paralympics, has introduced a number of events and schemes, as well as Sportivate, at club level to encourage development of ice skating.
A recent community games event in Birmingham attracted new 250 people to the ice and skating groups have also been set up specifically for young people with challenging behaviour, people with disabilities and young mums.
Matt is also working closely with the Impaired Skating project which is running a pilot international club competition for impaired skaters in Dumfries, thanks to a £10,000 donation from NISA's Charitable Trust.
He said: "It is important to give everyone the chance to get involved with ice skating. Setting up events and classes that cater for certain groups of people might make the difference and give them the chance to have a go at a sport they may never have tried otherwise.
"NISA does a tremendous amount of work to develop ice skating in the UK, which includes working at club level to increase participation and provide opportunities for all members of the public to get involved, and it is working. We are really raising the profile of ice skating in the UK."
NISA celebrates successThe governing body for ice skating in the UK is celebrating a year of success, both on and off the ice.
The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) has announced a surplus of more than £40,000 for 2010/2011 financial year, a £2000 increase from the previous financial year, to round off a 12 month period of growth and development within the sport.
As well as the positive financial result, the governing body has so far enjoyed a successful 2011/12 skating season which has seen NISA bring both the sell-out European Figure Skating and the World Short Track Speed Skating championships to Sheffield, and the GB skaters scoop almost 20 international medals from tournaments across the globe.
There was also a 30 per cent increase in members of the organisation's Learn to Skate (Skate UK) programme which is focused on growing the popularity of the sport amongst youngsters. More than 70,000 people now complete Skate UK courses every year. Alongside this, NISA membership figures increased from 5,000 to 6,300 in the last 18 months.
Robin Cousins, vice president of NISA, said: "Ice Skating in the UK has continuously developed over the last 10 years, driven by a forward thinking governing body paying dividends with NISA enjoying success in the rink and in terms of overall development."
NISA places a focus on continuing to improve and develop good governing practises and this year took two significant steps to support this ethos.
Firstly, the governing body signed up to a voluntary code of conduct – the Sport and Recreation Alliance code - designed to help sporting and recreational bodies aspire to, and maintain, strong and efficient governance.
After a rigorous assessment, NISA's chief executive Keith Horton was invited to be a part of UK Sport's International Leadership Programme, joining thirteen other National Governing Body leaders on the high-flying leadership programme.
At every level, from backroom administration staff to coaches and officials, NISA has a world-class team. This has been highlighted with a number of promotions this year, including some of the NISA team reaching International Judging and Technical Specialist levels. This success at International level highlights the quality and talent of NISA officials now being produced through the system. The success of GB skating was proven last year with NISA being awarded a £2.8m investment from UK Sport. The GB short track team, which has seen vast improvements in performance over the last four years, received an increase in investment from £964,000 to £2,785,100 over four years until 2014.
Sinead and John Kerr, seven-times British Ice Dance Champions and two-times Olympians who are now retired from skating but are still active NISA members, said: "It is fantastic that NISA has had such a successful 12 months. It is absolutely vital for every sport to have a strong governing body and when you consider what NISA has achieved over the last year, it is clear to see that ice skating has that.
"NISA creates opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get into ice skating and supports its members throughout their skating career leading to success on the ice in the UK and at competitions abroad. As NISA members, it is great to know that our governing body is committed to getting the best out of the sport."
Keith Horton, chief executive of NISA, said: "NISA is now in a strong financial position and this, combined with the good governance and management structure, means we are now in well placed to be able to carefully begin to invest some of the surplus finance into the further development of ice skating.
"As always, any expenditure will be thoroughly considered and carefully managed to ensure NISA continues to provide a quality service to all sections of British Skating."
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