August 3, 2019
The English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) has been on a governance journey over the last two years, and this work has now brought us to a critical vote, which could change the shape of how ice hockey is governed in this country.
EIHA members are being asked to vote on the proposals developed by the joint EIHA & IHUK Governance Steering Group which will lead to the dissolution of governing bodies for ice hockey in the UK and the formation of a new organisation to govern the sport moving forwards.
The proposals have been developed following consultations and votes that have taken place across the EIHA since November 2017 through the EIHA Governance Work Group and subsequently from July 2019 the joint EIHA & IHUK Governance Steering Group.
The vote on Saturday 17th August is a significant vote as this is the final step in a near two year journey that has been shaped and moulded by members and stakeholders from across the sport to put ice hockey in the best possible position to succeed in the future.
The proposals follow the Code for Sports Governance and embed these in the new organisation and address translational arrangements to take us from the current structure to a new unified body overseeing the sport.
EIHA members are being asked to vote on nine resolutions to approve each of the steps we are required to undertake to move us to a new unified body and follow the recommendations put forward by the joint EIHA & IHUK Governance Steering Group.
Papers have been issued by the EIHA board to all affiliated clubs including the formal notice, voting information, the final report from the steering group and articles of association for the new UK governing body.
The board would welcome as many voting members as possible to attend the meeting in person.
You can download a copy of the full report here.
The resolutions tabled at the AGM are:
Resolution 1 – Amend the current Articles of Association of the EIHA to allow for the transfer of assets to a new National Governing Body
Resolution 2 – Transfer of assets of the EIHA to a new National Governing Body as outlined within the governance report.
Resolution 3 – Establishment of a transitional board for the new NGB as outlined within the governance report.
Resolution 4 – Establish which of the current EIHA Board members will be appointed to the transitional board of the new NGB.
Resolution 5 – Confirms the resignation of the existing EIHA Board members and replaces them with the transitional board of the new NGB and commence the transfer of responsibilities.
Resolution 6 – Ensures that all members of the EIHA are transferred to become members of the new NGB.
Resolution 7 – Approves the proposed articles of the new NGB which reflect the recommendations within the Governance Report.
Resolution 8 – Confirms that the EIHA Chair will support the resolutions at the IHUK EGM to move to a new NGB.
Resolution 9 – Protects funding levels for stakeholders for the 2019-2020 season as were outlined within the 2018-2019 season.