While Hardcourt Bike Polo has been played in Glasgow since around 2008, it was only last year that the sport gained a structured organisation, and thus a slice of officialdom for itself in Glasgow. Establishing ourselves as a sports association brings a number of benefits to the sport and to its members; it gives us a unified voice with which to communicate and collaborate with other bodies and authorities, it allows opportunities for fundraising in order to develop and support the sport and our members within Glasgow, and it affords us a structure within which we can operate in an effective, consistent and fair way.
As mentioned in this post from earlier in the week, Glasgow Hardcourt Bike Polo Association was founded in October 2012, and with that a Constitution was signed into effect. The constitution can be read here, and lays down in writing our structure, procedures, as well as our aims and objectives.
The aims and objectives of the Glasgow Hardcourt Bike Polo Association are:
i. To promote, develop and support the Association and sport within the local community.
ii. To provide and support competitive and noncompetitive opportunities in the sport.
iii. To support a network of communication between players and polo organisations on a local, national, and international level.
iv. To provide all its services in a way that is inclusive for everyone.
v. To seek the establishment of a permanent local playing facility and provision of equipment for the sport.
vi. To support the establishment of national and international governing bodies to which the Association can be affiliated.
The association is still in its infancy, and the Constitution will be subject to ammendments and elections at our Annual General Meeting in April, but with them the goals listed above become real targets to work towards and real opportunities to seek out.
Talk of forming an association to serve Bike Polo in Glasgow had been in the pipeline for a number of years, but it was on the back of a wave of energy and enthusiasm last summer that brought us to the 31st of October 2012, when members of Glasgow Hardcourt Bike Polo Association gathered in Siempre Bicycle Cafe to sign and bring into effect its Constitution.
We’ve got high hopes and big ideas for the year ahead, 2013’s going to be busy!