SportCheer England is seeking new board members

SportCheer England (SCE) is the National Governing Body for Cheerleading in England. SCE is recognised as the official English Federation by the International Cheer Union (ICU), the Worldwide Governing Body as recognised by the International Olympic Committee. SCE is in the initial process of submitting an application to Sport England for Tier 1 governance recognition.

SCE is currently looking to add 3 new Non-Executive Director roles to its existing Board, to assist in the next exciting phase of the organisation’s development. The terms will initially cover a 12-month period (with the potential for extension) to assist SCE with the transition from its current structure to its new formal corporate structure as the National Governing Body.

We are looking specifically for those with expertise in the following areas:

·       Finance

·       Legal

·       Marketing and Comms

It is desirable that candidates have knowledge of UK sports governance, previous or current Board level experience, and preferably some experience in applying to a Sports Council for NGB or sport recognition.

As SCE is a newly emerging organisation, these roles will require a candidate who is willing to assist in practical ways through their skills, expertise and network to progress the work of the Board.  For this reason, it is also likely to require more hours than a standard NED role.

We particularly welcome applications from Disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, as they are currently underrepresented within SCE at this level.

All roles are pro-bono.

For more information and to receive an application form please contact: sportcheerengland@gmail.com

Application deadline 19th November 2021

Please note: Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend SportCheer England’s AGM on the 8th December (8.30pm – 9.30pm via Zoom) as part of the recruitment process, as well as an interview (interview dates to be agreed by the applicant and the SCE nominations committee).

 

SportCheer England decision to extend board terms to May 2022

The severe delay caused to SportCheer England’s progress by Covid restrictions and Return To Play negotiations, means the decision has been taken to extend all current board members terms by 6 months (from October 2021 to May 2022). This extension period will allow the incumbent board time to complete the necessary succession planning, policy and framework development, finalise the submission of an application to Sport England for NGB recognition (due January 2022), and oversee the national team’s return to live competition at the April 2022 ICU World Cheerleading Championships, before stepping down.

Following the current board’s term extension, positions for new board members, sub-committees and operational roles will be advertised publicly and in accordance with the UK Code for Sports Governance. You can find out more about the formation and structure of an NGB in accordance with the code here: https://www.sportengland.org/campaigns-and-our-work/code-sports-governance?section=requirements

In addition to this, we would like to announce that Amanda Fairhall has taken the decision to step down from her role as an At Large Director with immediate effect. Her decision has been taken due to her current capacity to fulfil the board role alongside work and family commitments. We want to sincerely thank Amanda for her vast contribution over her time as a director. She played an instrumental role in the negotiations with the DCMS and Public Health England, and her hard work, input and advice on both this matter and many others has been invaluable in leading the sport through such a time of huge change. 

 

Election of board and officials

In order to launch the new governing body for Cheerleading in England, initial board members will be appointed ex officio; with their role solely to work with the ICU to develop an organisation and structure, which can then be taken over by a democratically elected board at the end of year 2.

The structure of the elected board has been determined by the ICU Statutes & Rules of Governance and Operations. It may be agreed in the future that additional positions on the board are necessary or desired by SportCheer England, however, the following positions must be held, in order for the board to be operational:

Directors – The Board will consist of Seven (7) Directors as follows:

  • Two (2) Directors-at-Large;
  • Up to Four (4) Regional Representatives, one (1) from each of the following Districts:
    • South West and South East, inclusive of London
    • East of England and the East Midlands
    • West Midlands and North West
    • Yorkshire and the Humber, and North East
  • One (1) Director Representative of the Athletes

Regional Representatives must reside in the region for which they are nominated and elected for a minimum of 2 years. If a Regional Representative moves out of the region they were elected to represent they must resign to make way for the election of a replacement who resides in the Region.

Prior to elected officials, the appointment of Regional Representatives and Director representative of the athletes will be undertaken through a process of application, shortlisting and interviews by the initial board members, supported by the ICU.

In additional to the above roles, SportCheer England has currently appointed the following role:

  • Safeguarding Officer

SportCheer England will further appoint a Chair, Treasurer, and any additional positions deemed appropriate or necessary to the function of the board.

Current roles and positions

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