Update from the General Manager Badminton Wales

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 10:03 on 11 March 2016

Firstly apologies, it’s been a while since I last updated you on what’s been happening in Badminton Wales.  It’s been a very busy period for the organisation, admittedly behind the scenes, working on putting things in place to strengthen the organisation so that we are able to move forwards positively.

Staffing

On the staffing front I can confirm that we have just gone out to advert for two positions within the organisation – General Manager and Performance Manager & National Coach

We are taking an exciting and innovative approach to the appointment of the General Manager, taking up the opportunity to partner Wales Squash and Racketball to look to appoint a full time manager working across both sports.  This approach supports the drive for more collaborative working and efficient use of resources and will allow exploration of further opportunities to work jointly and potentially more efficiently (development of policies, development initiatives, sharing best practice etc).  In terms of logistics, this shouldn’t be an issue as the organisations are based in offices adjacent to each other at Sport Wales National Centre.  It is anticipated interviews for this position will take place in late April. 

As per our previous commitment, we have just gone out to open advert for a full time Performance Manager and National Coach for Badminton Wales to drive this key area of work forwards.  This role will build on the positive changes made in the last few months, especially in improving the talented player pathway and putting clearer policies and procedures in place to aid the overall Performance structure.  

For more information on the roles, please click on the following link:  http://www.badminton.wales/vacancies

To support Badminton Wales through this period of transition and the handover of responsibilities to new staff members I can confirm that I will continue working with Badminton Wales until the end of June in a part time capacity.  

Board Directors

Following appointment of two new Board Directors at the AGM  a skills audit was undertaken of the current Board members to identify the gaps that still needed filling, aligned to delivery against the new strategy.  One of these areas was ‘commercial’ and therefore earlier this week we published an advert to recruit / co-opt a Director specifically with these skills to further strengthen the Board http://www.badminton.wales/vacancies . Please feel free to share with colleagues who you believe may bring these skills to the Board, whether they are currently involved in the sport or not.

Discussions are on-going around co-opting individuals to fill some of the other skills gaps we feel we have on the Board.

Strategy Developments

Following on from the energy filled discussions around the strategy back in January and the feedback we shared, we subsequently presented the identified key priority areas at the Open meeting prior to the AGM and sought further feedback. Following on from this we had an online survey open until the end of February, seeking further feedback and input.  The Board discussed these earlier in the week and will be establishing 3 working groups to move these pieces of work forward. I would like to thank you for all your input to date and would encourage you to keep feeding in as we move these areas of work forward. The 3 key areas are

- Vision & Engagement

- Player pathway

- Workforce (including volunteers, coaches and umpires)

We need to be realistic on what we can drive forward and therefore we will be starting by pulling together a small working group to look at ‘The Player Pathway’ in early May and many of the areas you identified as key for the future of the sport will be fed into the relevant work area and be considered as part of the wider discussions.