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