Ice Hockey UK has invited Scottish clubs to a meeting to discuss the work that it and the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) are jointly undertaking on the governance and decision-making within the sport across the UK.
Earlier this year, EIHA members asked for a review of the governance in English Ice Hockey including whether or not to become unified under a single UK body.
This review was carried out by a working group chaired by an independent sports governance expert, Jonathan Hall, and representatives from EIHA and IHUK.
The group made a range of recommendations set out in a report back to EIHA members, the key one being they should commit in principle to establishing a new unified organisation to govern ice hockey in the UK and to replace the existing organisations.
In order to progress this to the next stage, it was agreed by both the EIHA and IHUK that there should be a joint working group to oversee, direct and monitor the move to a new UK organisation.
A joint IHUK/EIHA steering group was therefore established and is currently working through the various recommendations in the original report. The group comprises Mr Hall, Richard Grieveson (IHUK), Eric Morton (IHUK), David Hand (IHUK), Joy Johnston (EIHA) and Andrew Miller (EIHA).
The meeting, to be held at Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday, 18th November (11.00am), is therefore an important opportunity to update Scottish clubs on the process and work of the group and to hear the views of Scottish clubs on the governance of the sport.
Why is the meeting important for Scottish clubs?
IHUK has asked Hall and Johnston from the group to join the meeting and the former will give a presentation to help clubs understand the purpose of their project, what its aims are and how it affects Scottish Ice Hockey and its clubs.
The meeting is an opportunity for the group to consult with Scottish clubs and hear their views on the governance of the sport so that they can take those views into account.
Finally, if agreed at the meeting, the group would like to obtain endorsement of the work being done and they have set out a possible resolution for clubs to agree (or not).
It is not a formal members meeting, so it is simply a suggested form of wording which can be discussed at the meeting. This is based on what was agreed formally by the members of the EIHA in July.
Proposed Scottish clubs endorsement
“The Scottish clubs agree to the commitment in principle to establishing a new unified UK organisation to replace the existing governing bodies for ice hockey in the UK. They welcome the joint steering group’s work and to it progressing all the remaining recommendations made in the EIHA Governance Working Group Report.
“The clubs note the timelines in the report and look forward to seeing the final proposals of the joint steering group which will be brought back to Scottish clubs as part of a consultation process in Q1 2019.”
Given the importance of the issues being presented and discussed, the group would welcome seeing as many of the Scottish clubs represented at the meeting as possible.
As it is not a formal meeting, there are no strict requirements on who may attend on behalf of a club, but it is recommended that each organisation is represented by at least one person who is in a position to express the view of the club and report back to their colleagues after the meeting.
Please email Richard Grieveson with details of who is planning to attend the meeting on behalf of your respective clubs.