Mike’s eNews – 18 August 2017
Data Protection Act to be Replaced
EGM and the Club & Association Conference
Website and the next update
Incentive Scheme and a request to clubs
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Apologies for the gap in producing eNews, things have been very busy and priorities have pulled me away from producing an eNews over the summer. Anyway, now things are settling down into some sort of rhythm again I hope to be able to return to producing an eNews each month.
Many of you will know that we have gone through a prolonged period of change driven by the reduction in government funding that has impacted across governing bodies of sport. British Orienteering has maintained funding from Sport England but at a level approximately 40% below that of the previous funding cycle.
This has resulted in a widespread restructuring of the staff and British Orienteering now has the following staff structure:
Chief Executive, Mike Hamilton – normally full time but in the interim whilst a new CEO is recruited I’m officially working half-time but realistically considerably more.
Development Manager, Craig Anthony – Full-time
Accounts Manager, Jannette Blunden – Full-time
Orienteering Services Officer, Dan Riley – 2 days a week funded from reserves
Administrator, Scott Parker – Full-time
Administrator, Liz Goodwin – Part-time, 3 days a week
Additionally, there are several positions fully dependent on funding:
England Development Officers x2, Nat Weir & Tim Herod – full-time; another two full-time officers are being recruited all funded by Sport England
Communications Officer, Jennie Taylor – full time funded by Sport England
Orienteering Services Officer (England), Dan Riley – 1 day a week funded by Sport England
Northern Ireland Active Clubs Coordinator, Juls Hanvey – full time funded by Sport Northern Ireland.
If you keep up to date with the news items on the website you will be aware that I have informed the Board that I wish to retire and have agreed to work half-time until a new CEO can be recruited and take up position.
I’ve really enjoyed my time with orienteering and I regret having to depart however I’m getting older and there are a few things I want to do before I’m too old to enjoy them!
Data Protection Act to be replaced
The Government has recently confirmed that it will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GDPR”) which will replace the current Data Protection Act by 25 May 2018. The GDPR aims to give individuals more control of their personal data including clearer erasure rights and a right to be told when personal data has been hacked. The announcement, in the Queen’s Speech, ended speculation that the Government might adopt a light touch approach following Brexit.
We will be providing you with more information about how this regulation will be implemented and what it will mean for your club over the next few months.
EGM and the Club & Association Conference
An Extraordinary General Meeting of British Orienteering has been called to take place at The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW on Saturday, 14th October 2017 at 11:00 am.
The EGM has been called to make a number of changes to the Articles of Association:
Every member of British Orienteering over 16 is entitled to attend and vote. A member is entitled to appoint another person as their proxy to exercise all or any of their rights to attend and to speak and to vote at the meeting.
The EGM will be followed by the 2017 Club & Association Conference. Your club and association are each entitled to send up to 2 members to represent your views. The theme of the conference will be to consider our competitions and local events and the part they play in delivering our Strategic Plan. This is a theme that should interest everyone as it looks at the heart of the sport from local events through to major events.
Of course, there will also be opportunity for your club or association to raise matters that are important to them and if your club or association has a topic you would like considering for inclusion in the Conference agenda please let us know – it must be an item that you think will be of interest to a wide group of clubs and associations of course.
Website and the next update
The ranking algorithm is being updated on the live website early in September. The changes also include additional views of results and rankings to enable users to drill-down into the results/rankings and make the system more interactive.
As a part of the update the new algorithm will be run across the results from this year which will mean some past ranking scores being changed, hopefully, the anomalies and exceptional scores awarded to some competitors will be removed during this process.
The changes to the algorithm are to address these anomalies and exceptional results and to tidy up a few related matters. The changes include:
The changes to the participant experience include:
As always it is possible that there will be some initial problems when the system is made live early in September, hopefully, any problems will be few and far between.
Forgive me for repeating an item from the May 2017 eNews but we continue to be contacted by clubs and members regarding the national incentive schemes. We would love clubs to enter the results for more Local (Level D) events so that people can benefit from the incentive schemes. The schemes include the Navigation and Racing Challenges that track individual members progress through the colour coded courses and corresponding technical difficulties. In order for individual members results to be tracked their results need to be uploaded. Results from any event can count towards these awards and with the focus on juniors and newcomers, the importance of uploading Local (level D) results is increased.
The scheme works by allocating results based on course names. To ensure members are recognised for their achievements, courses need to be named using the colour of the course. The system currently requires specific naming to work; any shorthand versions or abbreviations are not recognised. For clarity, the course names recognised are listed below:
Certificates are awarded electronically after successfully completing 3 colour coded courses at the same technical difficulty. Members are notified directly, via the website and an email, when they have been awarded a certificate. We have noted that there may be an issue for some people with the automatic email system and we’re working with the developers and email hosts to try to address this. Club secretaries have access to the Incentive Report through their member login on the website; other club officials can request access to this if the club thinks it is appropriate. Dome club coaches or development leads have access to enable them to award juniors with printed versions of the certificates.
'More People, More Places, More Podiums'
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