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EIBA ltd yearbook 2016 - 2017

DIRECTORS REPORT For the period ended 30 November 2015 The last year has been a mixed one for the Company following the positive commercial activities the previous year. Commercially the renewal of the British Eurosport Broadcast agreement at the start of the year meant that the Company could continue to attract major commercial partnerships. However at a late stage, due to external reasons two of the current partners were unable to renew their deals, circa £25,000. Whilst this was a set back to the financial position for the year, which you will see in the separate annual accounts booklet, the two companies have kept in contact and are hopeful that they will, once their circumstances have been resolved, be able to return and gain benefit from their association with the sport. Despite this the Company was able to expand and renew other partnerships. Although during this activity it is becoming apparent that for this success to continue there has to be a robust mechanism for the commercial partners to engage with the membership on a regular basis. Halfway through the year the Board welcomed the appointment of 3 new Directors whose appointments have brought new ideas and thinking to the Company and built upon the planned activities to take the sport forward in future. The Membership were advised of two key initiatives from this work. The first was the ‘Youth Player Pathway’ and this structure, the first of its kind for Indoor Bowls, will enable the sport to provide opportunities for players of all abilities from Under 12 upwards. The second was an ‘Elite Player pathway’. This was developed following the worrying arrival and eventual collapse of an external body wanting to run an annual semi-professional tournament. Although there was a definite interest shown by players in the concept, the collapse of this and the subsequent results highlighted the need for the sport to be protected and appropriately governed to avoid a similar occurrence in the future. These pathways will be implemented over the forthcoming year and form the basis for expansion over the medium and long term future. Planning was also a main focus with the Company’s work with its membership. The office were engaging with Clubs who were on short term lease agreements, either with a Local Authority or Private Landlord. They were being faced with the issue of being able to demonstrate that Indoor Bowls justified being retained when the lease was up for renewal. Advice and guidance stressed that Clubs should produce a business plan which identified how they would recruit new members and then sustain the membership on an annual basis. This document would be a key factor in demonstrating the viability of the venue moving forward but also a valuable working document for the Club. Over the year the Coach Bowls Qualifications, Level 1 & Level 2, courses have continued to be held across the Country and the number of bursaries applied for and awarded has increased. An extensive National Competitions programme continues to be a key activity and the Company strives to run these in a way which reflects the current demands on the competitors. As always the Company is well supported by its Area Secretaries and Clubs who generously provide their venue for the Area and National Finals. This support is very much appreciated. At International level England continued to be successful with British Isles victories at U18, Ladies U25 and both the Men’s and Ladies levels. 112


EIBA ltd yearbook 2016 - 2017
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