Many of you will know that Arabian is a Charity, but may not appreciate that as such we have governing Trustees with a responsibility to independently oversee the running of the Charity so that decisions are made in the best interests of its members, the community, and the club. We are responsible to the club and the Charity Commission. Manyofyouwon’t know who we are but we sit behind the scenes, meeting regularly, to ensure the smooth running of the whole organisation.
Over the coming months, we’ll be adding a section onto the website to introduce ourselves more fully, we’re also in the process of organising a committee meeting on the 4th September, open to parents, where you can meet us in person and give us your feedback and suggestions directly. Of course, you don’t need to wait until then, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or ideas for improvement, no matter how small. Many of us have years of experience running and managing businesses of varying sizes and devote our time to the club free of charge. With one exception, we’ve all had (or have) children at the club and therefore have a personal interest in its continued development and success.
On behalf of the trustees I am announcing today, that over the last few months we have agreed with Alan Armitage, Head Coach and founder of Arabian, a measured and gradual wind down in his day to day involvement with the club.
Alan started the club in 1997 as Bletchley Artistic before it was renamed Arabian Gymnastics in 1999. It is widely recognised that Alan has been the driving force behind the clubs’ development but after 22 years at the helm, it’s now time for a change. The club is well respected within the gymnastic and local community and has served thousands of aspiring and recreational gymnasts over the years.
During July and August of this year, he is taking a sabbatical, returning to the club for three evenings a week from September to December 2018. His primary focus at this point will be to coach and mentor our coaches. In 2019, Alan will reduce his involvement further to 2 evenings a week but again his focus will be on developing our coaches. Alan’s involvement with the club will come to end in December 2019. During the 15-month winddown period Alan is available to us to deal with any unforeseen issues and support Hannah, Kyla and the trustees during this transitional period. He will also organise and oversee the two National events, the Code Breakers in November and the Roses in May.
I’m delighted to say that the day to day running of the gym is to be taken on by Hannah Bond, who most of you will know – she compered the recent Club Championships. Hannah has been at the club for many years as a top-level gymnast, and for the last three years in her capacity as Assistant Head Coach, learning from Alan. As such she is ideally placed for this increased responsibility. As well as being closely supported by the trustees, Hannah will be backed up by Kyla Howton – again many of you will know Kyla as her pictures are all over the gym! Kyla started full time at the club on Monday. Both Hannah and Kyla are top class athletes and are both experienced in coaching and competing internationally.
All the back-office functions continue to be run and managed by Donna who now takes on the additional responsibility for the smooth running of the reception area. Donna has and continues to do an exceptional job in the background making sure things run smoothly. Together with her team, they have excelled, often quietly and unrecognized in the background, to ensure we operate to best practices and in support of Alan’s entrepreneurial ideas.
The trustees are committed to building on the family nature of the club and in addition to the serious side of gymnastics understand we’re all here to have fun too, as such we will be organising more trips (including abroad), competitions and fun events, these will be open to all classes and abilities within the gym.
Finally, for now, the trustees would like to thank Alan for all his work and commitment over the last 22 years. Without Alan, and of course, the support and enthusiasm of all the management, coaches and staff the club would certainly not be in the great position it is today. We’d also like to thank our sponsors, Engineering Quest, whose continued support remains vital to the club.
Chairman of Trustees