8th May 2019
The board had the privilege of holding the March meeting in the grounds of the iconic Stoke Mandeville hospital alongside the Girls and Boys U16 National Cup quarter and semi-finals. The board looked forward to considering safeguarding further, approving the 2019-20 budget proposal and progressing the review of governance.
Please find below some more details on what we discussed, and I look forward to seeing you at the National Cup Finals on Saturday in Derby, where we will be holding the May Board meeting.
The board received training from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and discussed implementation of the new England Handball Safeguarding Standard. The framework of Duty of Care, and distinction between Safeguarding and Child Protection was clearly explained in the training session and information to help directors understand the role of the board and the expectations of funded bodies who have achieved Advanced Standard for Safeguarding status was given. Directors were reminded of statutory requirements on safeguarding laid down in the Code for Sports Governance and of the resources available on Sport England’s “Club Matters” website. The benefits of the “Clubmark” accreditation scheme were highlighted.
Directors were tested on their safeguarding knowledge and informed of the National Framework for Safeguarding and Protecting Children. Directors received guidance and updates on legislation, advice for developing “Standards for Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Sport” and information on how to maintain standards through a “Sports Safeguarding Framework.” Key safeguarding considerations at events were examined, the Sport’s Event Management tool developed by CPSU was recommended and free NSPCC safeguarding resources highlighted.
In the Safeguarding agenda item the board considered the implementation of the new England Handball Safeguarding Standard. Consistency between policy, procedure, operational practice and key documents all featured in further examination of the standard. The importance of reporting, data collection and feedback was stressed. Communicating back to clubs the follow-up actions from the standard was highlighted as a priority. The board reflected on the training received and the CEO was asked to refine the evidence capture document.
Workforce development, strategy appraisal, review of risk ratings, bid preparation for future funding application plus the priority items of safeguarding, stakeholder engagement, governance and data metrics were subjects raised in budget discussions at the January board meeting. Being happy with reserves, acknowledging resource requirements but mindful of the differing needs of regions, common need for facilities and the imperative to make progress to reduced reliance on government grants, the board had asked for a readjusted budget.
The Chair thanked the CEO for the new presentation and directors continued to raise questions to fully understand the objectives, use and impact of funding received from the European and International Handball Federations. The budget was approved from the standpoint that there will be no further sources of income and the CEO was asked to share IHF bid documentation and to incorporate linkage of IHF funding in the budget document.
Continuing to work between board meetings a small group of directors and the CEO met to discuss terms of reference and method of mobilisation for structures to support the board. A brief of defining purpose, outputs, reporting, accountability and associated budgets was assigned.
Following rigorous investigation, examination and dissemination of requirement informed by the needs of the sport, sector regulation and a desire to develop robust, efficient, effective, continually compliant governance structures for Handball, the board agreed to strengthen the Audit Committee.
Coaching & Workforce
Marketing & Communications
Competitions & Events
Preparations for the England Handball Club Conference and AGM on Saturday 22nd June are well under way and I look forward to meeting you there to review the year, plan for the future and celebrate this year’s achievements. I reassure you of the board’s commitment to openness, transparency and accountability, commend the minutes of the March board meeting to you and invite you to send your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
Chair of England Handball