Hi, So brief summary… British Skateboard Federation (BSF) = dead, kicked to the curb
World Skate forced us into a corner as they already recognised British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF) as the national governing body for skateboarding (wtf???) so we had no choice but to join them.
We spent weeks working up a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that originally began with a set of 10 criteria that we (Skateboard GB) would need to be met. We achieved 9.5 of these in the MOU. Here is a bit from the Press Release…
"The signing of the agreement means that Skateboard GB will be the recipient of UK Sport Aspiration funding to support Olympic qualification allowing up to five British skateboarders the opportunity to attend Olympic qualifying events with the hope of taking part in the inaugural Olympic skateboarding event at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The agreement also confirms that the skateboarding governing bodies retain responsibility for all decision making relating to the sport in the UK. "
So the members of Skateboard GB which are Skateboard Scotland, Skateboard :NI and Skateboard England all have complete autonomy and responsibility for skateboarding in their territories.
The 0.5 that we lost out on was the membership to the British Olympic Association (BOA). So the BRSF are the BOA member but it was agreed that Skateboard GB would select the Team Leader for Skateboarding for the BOA (as it’s a technical position) and the Main Rep/ Point of contact.
Hope this brief summary covers it.
In reality it has consumed me for months before work, during work and after work! A few of us fought really hard and we’re actually getting there now!