The adoption by the members of England Hockey of new Articles of Association on 16 March 2021 has kicked off the transition period, where we start to implement the restructuring changes which have been agreed by England Hockey and the 8 new Areas.
Midland Hockey Regional Association Ltd (MRHA) has been asked to be one of the new Area Companies and so will be proposing its members adopt new Articles of Association as required to hold this position. All appropriate resolutions will be put to the AGM on 19 May 2021. If passed, the formal change will happen on 1 July 2021.
To be one of the Area Companies, MRHA needs to change its governance structure (as well as the way it manages and organises hockey in the Midlands), and so Expressions of Interest are welcomed from those who would like to be involved. More detail on the new structure and the roles are being added below. In the first instance, Expressions of Interest are being collated by England Hockey by 31 March 2021 and the form can be found towards the bottom of this article on the England Hockey website. From 1 April, please use this form to indicate your Expression of Interest in one or more of the Roles.
The people who are elected to these positions will play a crucial leadership role and will need to take responsibility for the organisation. There are 5 titled director roles and it is expected that this will attract people who are prepared to play an integral team-working role within the leadership team.
The Area Directors will form the Board of Directors and will have all the usual statutory responsibilities.
Please use this form to express your interest in one of these director roles as soon as possible. A formal nomination will then be required – the nomination form and candidate statement template will be emailed to those who express an interest. The signed nomination forms are to be returned no later than 7 April 2021.
Area Committee Chairs
These are the roles leading the key functions of the Area. They will be expected to lead their Committee effectively and attend Management Committee meetings with the Area Directors as well as national meetings with England Hockey to support the direction of the function nationally.
- Adult Leagues & Competitions Chair
- Junior Leagues & Competitions Chair
- Masters Chair
- Officiating Chair
- Discipline Chair/Area Disciplinary Administrator
Please use this form to express your interest in one of these committee chair roles as soon as possible. A formal nomination will then be required – the nomination form and candidate statement template will be emailed to those who express an interest. The signed nomination forms are to be returned no later than 21 April 2021.
Area Committee Roles
The key functions of the Area will be performed by the 5 Committees and the roles within these functional committees will require volunteers that are happy to be part of making hockey happen in their Area. There are a range of time and skill requirements as well as some flexibility in approach depending on the time that volunteers can give. Please be aware that these are provisional descriptions of anticipated roles and that the exact roles and the number of volunteers needed for each of those roles within the Midlands Area is being worked out. Please use this form to express your interest in one of these committee roles. We are seeking to appoint to the roles over the course of the next few months, ready to have the new functional committees in place by July 2021.
Adult League & Competition Committee Roles
- Area League Manager – To oversee the work of the Divisional secretaries, work closely with the Adult League & Competitions Chair and liaise with the Officiating Area Administrator and Appointment lead.
- CMS Manager – To manage the official information on the Competition Management System (CMS) for the Adult Leagues & Competitions and support clubs using the CMS.
- PR Officer – To promote the Area Adult League & Competitions to the clubs and proactively raise the profile and share best practice of the league and all competitions.
- Club Reps – To represent the clubs at Area Adult League & Competitions Committee, to give feedback on behalf of the clubs about what is working well and what could be improved for the clubs.
- Indoor Lead – To provide administrator support to the delivery of the Area Adult Indoor Competitions programme and ensure the smooth running of all the indoor competitions.
- Divisional Sec – To manage divisions proactively, be first point of the contact for teams in their responsible divisions and check and challenge the clubs match information on the CMS.
- Officiating Rep – To provide link between Area Officiating Committee and Adult Leagues & Competitions to ensure appropriate standards of performance in Area Appointed Officials is delivered and providing Officiating input where requested
Junior Leagues & Competitions Committee Roles
- Junior Coordinator – To embed and manage the planning and implementation of junior competitions across the Area in line with the national Junior Competitions Framework, delivering a high-quality customer experience.
- Indoor Lead – To provide administrator support to the delivery of the Area junior indoor competitions programme and ensure the smooth running of all the indoor competitions.
- Sub-Area Reps – To represent the Sub-Areas at the Juniors League & Competitions Area Committee, to give feedback on the Junior Competitions activity, what is working well, what could be improved, and support required at the Sub-Area level.
- Schools Lead – To oversee, organise and implement the Area and Sub-Area schools hockey competition programme.
- Junior County Hockey Competition organiser – responsible for organising competition between Junior County Hockey teams in line with the Centralised Calendar Dates.
Masters Committee Roles
- Coordinator – To embed and manage the planning and implementation of Masters competitions across the Area in line with England Hockey’s Framework, delivering a high-quality customer experience.
- Sub-Area Reps – To represent the Sub-Areas at the Masters Area Committee, to give feedback on the Masters Competition, what is working well, what could be improved, and support required at the Sub-Area level.
- Competition Organiser – To lead the competition provision for Masters within the Area.
- Team manager – To administer and manage a Masters team and the welfare of all the team members at training and competitions.
- Lead Selector – To be responsible for conducting a fair and transparent selection process for all players wishing to be part of a Masters team.
Officiating Committee Roles
- Appointments Lead – To appropriately appoint to highest levels of Area Competition, EH Cup and any other requested competitions
- Club Liaison Lead – To provide essential link between clubs and Officiating Committee, to deliver development support for club-based Umpires and Technical Officials
- Head of Development – To oversee the development of individuals undertaking Area Umpiring appointments, as well as overseeing standards of umpire coach & assessor standards delivered
- Young Umpires Lead – To proactively recruit, retain and develop Young Umpires (under 23 years old) to service Junior and Senior Umpiring opportunities
- Area Technical Officiating Lead– To coordinate recruitment and development opportunities for Technical Officials to support Area and National competitions
- Assistant Area Disciplinary Administrator – To be a member of an Area Discipline Panel (ADP) delivering effective management all aspects of Discipline across an ‘Area’ (as defined by England Hockey). To support the Area Disciplinary Administrator (ADA) including review of Disciplinary processes across the sport.