Sunday (15th July) saw folk from all over the country gather in South Croydon for the 2012 EKA AGM. There was a lot discussed and for the benefit of those who couldn’t make it here’s a quick summary..
Kev and James were representing the NW as well as their respective clubs Warriors and Hawks (though James chose to vote as the NW – sorry Hawks!).
The meeting started fashionably late as we waited for quorum but eventually it came and we were off. Nick Donovan, standing down as EKA chair and secretary (busy man!) gave his congratulations for a successful year of English korfball with the England team in China and Trojans in Europe. His main message, however, was to all clubs and areas about the hidden costs of korfball..
- Pay coaches and officials properly and on-time, don’t wait to be asked before you pay them – some people may like to offer services for free but it’s nice to be able to offer!
- Pay for travel for important things – like the AGM (which was under attended by many).
- Most importantly budget for these! If it’s needed it isn’t a worry, if it’s not then you’re quids in!
Another important message was about registering players properly on fixtureslive, this means making players “national members” by filling in all their details and uploading a photograph then clicking “make national member”. It doesn’t cost anything to do and is needed to insure your members!
It was also recognised a need for more volunteers are needed for junior korfball – if you’re interested in volunteering with the EKA, NWKA, or at your own club, or even something a bit different, there’s plenty of people to help you develop ideas and give you support. Kev Moss is the NWKA Child Protection Officer and a great starting point for a chat, he also runs KidsKorf which is worth a look to see what they’re doing already in the NW.
The EKA are also on the lookout for help from volunteers so if you’re interested you can look on the England Korfball website at the volunteer section – the website’s new so if you can’t find what you’re after just use the contact link and they’re quick to respond. Especially the EKA are after coordinators for the EKA Cup and Senior Inter Areas. It was said that without volunteers competitions might not be able to run next season!
Whilst we’re on about competitions fees were announced for 2012/13 season:
- NL play-offs / Champions Trophy – £200
- Senior inter-areas – £120
- National Youth Day – £20 (£10 U9s – teams of 4).
- EKA Cup – £30
There was also some discussion about fees for teams which were £200 last season with a proposal to go up a further 3% for the upcoming season. After feedback from NWKA clubs the NW voted against this and were not alone however the proposal was still voted through. The EKA listened to all sides and will try to show all players and clubs – from international to grass roots – the benefits from being part of England Korfball.
A quick note from the Graham Crafter of the referee’s development sub-committee was that there should be less post-game disciplinary procedures and referees should not be worried about warning players of their actions and using cards if necessary. The NWKA supports all of its referees and echoes the comments of Graham.
There’s no EKA development officer at present, this is a great shame and so if you’re interested in getting involved please do! There is also £10,000 in their budget for development so if you have a good idea they would welcome your proposals and the ability to help you out!
The EKA announced their strategy for from now until 2016 – read more here. In short they want more players, coaches, volunteers and officials – don’t we all? – but they have great ideas to take this forward so have a look at it and it might spark some ideas from you.
There’s currently 2360 players – this is probably a bit out but it’s a good ball park figure.
Last year 101 people took the theory referee exam, I’m pretty sure 20 of these were from the NW so well done everyone!
As a final note the NWKA would like to thank those who have done a lot of hard work for the EKA over the last year and those who have stepped up for the next year or more! Thank you!