Focused on our mission - CEO update

BGSwirlAs we approach the end of 2017 and in light of recent events, I wanted to share with you an update.

Whilst we are facing some challenges, I want to assure you that all is not as reported. There have been some ill-informed and untrue claims which may have the consequence of harming this sport that we all love. 

We must remind ourselves, while we deal head on with these challenges, to celebrate the many positive achievements in 2017 and the many dedicated individuals working tirelessly to deliver incredible opportunities for young people.
 

Safeguarding

Like all governing bodies, we have a duty to our elite athletes and a paramount duty to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and we will not shy away from those duties. Our dedicated safeguarding team, new courses and boosted support offering for clubs and coaches show parents and members how determined we are that everyone can participate safely in gymnastics. Should these standards not be upheld, we do take action. We are actively discussing how we can demonstrate and raise awareness of our commitment to athlete welfare, safeguarding and a positive culture.
 
We continue to encourage any individuals who wish to bring information to British Gymnastics attention or if they have a complaint, to contact us. I assure you the information/complaint will be handled sensitively and, where appropriate, in confidence. 
 

Gymnastics growth

Our sport has grown to a point of unprecedented demand. We are working hard to support all those who coach and deliver gymnastics to develop their facilities, workforce, skills and programmes to realise their potential. We have also secured new key partnerships in leisure centres and activity providers to give even more people the chance to take part.
 
There were teething problems with the new online membership system when it was launched but to date, over 270,000 members have now successfully completed their registration. We thank the clubs, parents, guardians and coaches for their support and patience with the membership system which allows all of us to have a GDPR compliant system in place. This ensures the sports meets its legal obligations to protect individuals' personal data, an obligation that will apply to all businesses. Currently, membership numbers of clubs and individuals registered for the 2017-18 membership year already surpasses the number recorded this time last year. 
 
If participants are still to register with us, we are here to support those involved, but due to the data protection legislation, we cannot complete the membership process on behalf of the member. If parents or guardians are not sure how to complete the online form, please get in touch with Customer Service and we can guide you through the process. 
 

Inspiring performance

At the elite level of our sport, we’re proud to report more historic performances on the world stage with British gymnasts continuing to amaze, inspire and top the medal podiums. Gold medal success for our senior gymnasts has come from Ellie Downie winning Britain’s first ever artistic gymnastics all-round European title, our men’s four were crowned acrobatic all-around champions at the World Games, Max Whitlock became the first GB gymnast to retain a world title with pommel glory in Montreal and our men’s tumbling team won gold at the World Championships in Sofia.
 
Success of this magnitude is shared, it is a team effort and we acknowledge the talents and dedication of the gymnasts and all those who support them including their personal coaches and clubs.
 
 

As we wrap up the year, we hope for calmer waters in 2018, but we remain focused on our mission – to create lasting success for gymnastics, in an enjoyable and safe environment.

Jane Allen, CEO of British Gymnastics

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