A. Review of the 2014-2015 Season.
The 2014-15 season had been highly successful with more teams than ever competing at novice and intermediate level. The events had been extremely well run and although the weather had caused some problems. The main aim is that all involved have fun at all levels and the 5 key area to focus on:
1. High standards throughout
2. Good basic infrastructure
3. Strong, well built and safe courses
4. Communicating and interacting with the public
5. Entertainment on the day – a good commentary is key to this
The National committee consider and review all events at their meetings and all involved are encouraged to continue to feedback their views to the committee so that we can improve the sport. It is appreciated that the events are manned by volunteers and everybody has other things in their lives but it was felt that we are generally going in the right direction and there is a focus on the days team chasing that must not be lost if a successful team chase is to be run. Events were discouraged from running Hunter Trials in addition to the day's primary Team Chasing activity, but where it did happen an event organiser must ensure that the Team Chasing takes complete priority.
B. National Committee matters.
There have been two meetings of the National Committee since last year's Annual Conference, in December 2014 and earlier during the day. A number of matters were discussed during that morning's meeting:
We reviewed the website and social media which is an important factor in promotion of the sport.
Course inspection is critical to the sport to ensure we are moving forwards with course safety and progressing a recognised regime of course construction. We are grateful to our course inspectors Bryan Allen, Andy Clarke, Debbie Topping and Tony Berry for their work in this regard.
The £5 levy on all teams competing was discussed. This is collected by event organisers and passed on to BTC. Originally this was put in place to enable us to find a new National Sponsor but
we now look on it as a "promotional" rather than a "sponsorship" levy as that is what it is used for in order to attract new audiences and competitors and to promote the sport generally at a national level. It was decided that in the absence of National sponsorship this season that a one off payment should be made out of the levy of £200 to all events who ran an Open Qualifiers in which 8 or less teams entered in recognition of the effort and expense involved in staging an Open class. There are 8 events which qualify for this payment.