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Review of the Year 2018 – 2019

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Review of the Year 2018 – 2019

At the recent AGM held on Thursday 10 October 2019, Chair Murdo Macdonald reported on a very successful year for Scottish Pentathlon and the sport in Scotland. Here are some of the highlights:

–      202 athletes compete in the schools biathlon in Aberdeen in September and our thanks go to Trish Prise and Nic Crawford or running a great event. Thanks to them to and to Billy Mitchell in Stirling for all the events run during the year which have greatly helped our athletes go on to compete at a higher level The most recent successes being in the GB Triathlon championships where all the Scots athletes finished in the top 10 in their age group with Susie Roberts and Kai Crawford winning the girls and boys U15 competitions. Well done to all our young athletes!!

–       The athlete Development Group (DG) has been re-established and 17 athletes have accepted their place on the Group. The first get together is to be held on Sunday 10 November 2019 when the athletes and their parents will hear more about the role of the DG and future support available (eg: extra coaching, mentoring and preparation for events) to encourage engagement. The DG will be aspirational for young athletes and will provide additional support to athletes on the pathway in line with the stronger pathway emerging at PGB.

–          We continue to have a strong relationship with PGB with a formal MoU in place for the management of membership and data protection management. With the new performance staff in place at PGB, discussions are ongoing with regard to the alignment of the athlete pathway across the UK and opportunities to further support our athletes and our coaches with educational progression.

–          Our current 4 Regional Hubs continue to develop and become more sustainable. Stirling and Aberdeen remain strong, the Borders programme is under review and the Fife programme with primary and secondary schools has restarted following the summer break.

–          SP is in discussion to establish a 5th Hub in the north of Scotland and we hope to be running a pilot over the winter months based on Laser Run taster sessions in local schools. We hope that a longer term arrangement can be agreed following conclusion of the pilot.

–          Other exciting news is that PGB has agreed that SP will host a national Laser Run event in June 2020 in Scotland. Formal confirmation of the date and venue will be notified as soon as possible. This will form part of our competition programme for 2020 with LR events in Aberdeen and Stirling again and a team at the School Games down south later in the year.

–         SP has successfully achieved of next level (Preliminary Level) of the Equality Framework.

–          Our web site has been reviewed and refreshed as part of a communications review and we hope this will help better inform members of the work of SP and the range of activities to participate across the Hubs and competition programme.

–          SP is on track to achieve successful migration to the new standards for child protection and safeguarding by the deadline of 31 March 2020.

–          And finally, we will be confirming the bid for a further years funding from sportscotland for 2020 – 2021 to complete at the end of this year and in October next year we will submit a new 4 year plan to sportscotland for which we will engage with members for their views. We look forward to working on this with you which I am sure will help us plan to take the sport to the next level