Volleyball up next after Cycling secures funding
24th July 2017
With British Cycling having secured membership support for its governance reforms over the weekend, Volleyball England becomes the next sport under the spotlight regarding the government’s drive to make National Governing Bodies more independent and diverse.
After Table Tennis England lost out on £9 million of Sport England funding after falling short of the 75% voting threshold required to ratify proposed governance changes, there were fears that British Cycling would go the same way.
In the end, 94% of its membership ratified their proposed governance changes, thus securing £43 million of funding from Sport England and UK Sport.
At its AGM this Saturday, Volleyball England will also need to secure 75% support to retain the £1.3 million being provided by Sport England for the first half of the 2017-2021 funding cycle.
Full details of the AGM, to be held at 13:00 on Saturday, July 29 an SportPark in Loughborough, can be found here. Details on how clubs must register via Electoral Reform Services to vote at the AGM were sent to club secretaries earlier in the month. The deadline for registrations is 12 noon on 24 July 2017.
As part of the AGM procedures, Volleyball England is required to submit a full financial report for the financial year ending 31 March 2017.
However, as Keith Nicholls, acting President of Volleyball England, explained, this will not be possible in time for the AGM: “There have been significant difficulties in preparing the report for the AGM this year. Once the position has been finalised, the accounts will be sent to be audited. It is anticipated this will be in September 2017.”
“We recognise the importance of keeping members informed and providing them with an indication of the position as it is known at this point in time. A full explanation of the position will therefore be given at the AGM.”
Since this story first appeared, and in the absence of fully audited accounts, Volleyball England has published management accounts for 2016/17 which will give members some idea of the current financial situation.