At the AGM Weekend an excellent workshop was held with around 40 members from a cross section of clubs to get their feedback on proposals and to ask where they believe the BMC could improve support for Clubs.
The starting point of the proposals was: We believe that the BMC faces increased and multiple demands and a greater partnering role could benefit both clubs and the BMC. These joint partnerships should form the basis of a stronger relationship between the two and be of benefit to both parties. Further, it is clear that new types of club are evolving that are fundamentally different in structure to many of our affiliated clubs.
It is up to the BMC to recognise this shift and work collaboratively to find ways of attracting these types of clubs to become part of the BMC and what it stands for. Therefore we recommend that the Clubs Committee’s terms of reference are adapted to become more strategically focused, investigating potential partnership opportunities and building this within a strategic plan. However, we also recognise that the BMC should focus some resource on developing the support that clubs require to build their own membership and deal with the complexity of running volunteer-led groups in today’s environment.
We also recommend other changes to the representation of Clubs throughout the governance structures of the BMC to ensure a continued voice and ability to contribute to the policy and direction of the BMC.
It was a really productive session with lots of invaluable feedback gathered and we would like to thank those that took time to attend or email their feedback. We are in the process of collating and analysing it and will publish as soon as it is ready. (latest end of April)