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ABAE Board urges members to “make their views known and ensure their voice is heard”



The Board of the ABAE has urged its 18,500 members to “make their views known and ensure their voice is heard” ahead of a critical Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which will be held on 24 November 2013.

 
The EGM will vote on whether to accept or reject new Articles of Association and a new Board of Directors. 
 
A decision to reject the new Articles and Board, which have been approved by AIBA and Sport England, will lead to the re-opening of disciplinary proceedings by AIBA against the ABAE.  This is expected to lead to the indefinite suspension of England from all international competition as it will fail to comply with the rules and regulations by which the sport is governed internationally.
 
Sport England, which has committed to invest over £5 million in grassroots boxing over the next four years, has already confirmed it will cease to fund the ABAE, with immediate effect, if the new Articles and Board are rejected.
 
The statement by the Board of the ABAE said: “This is a critical moment for the ABAE and it is very important that the 18,500 members and 900 affiliated clubs that make-up the organisation fully understand what is at stake and the ramifications of these forthcoming decisions which have the potential to affect every member at every level.
 
“We believe that the votes that will be cast on the 24th November should reflect the opinions of the membership and we urge all clubs, coaches, boxers and volunteers to make their views known to the Secretaries of their Regional Associations and ensure that their voice is heard at this critically important time for the sport.”
 
The new Board also promised to be more “open and transparent” in its communications with clubs and has set up a Freephone helpline 0800 023 2692 and an email enquiry address enquiries@abae.org.uk for clubs to contact the ABAE if they have any questions about the EGM and the ramifications of the decision to accept or reject the new Articles and Board.
 
The full statement to members by the Board of the ABAE said: “The ABAE is moving towards a pivotal moment in its evolution following the decision by the Board to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 24 November 2013 when its members will decide on whether to accept or reject new Articles of Association and a new Board.
 
“This is a critical moment for the ABAE and it is very important that the 18,500 members and 900 affiliated clubs that make-up the organisation fully understand what is at the stake and the ramifications of these forthcoming decisions which have the potential to affect every member at every level.
 
“As a Board, we recognise the importance and status of the whole membership and will make every effort to communicate to all our members in an open, transparent and consistent manner.  We will also endeavour to follow the principles of good governance and recognise our responsibilities as the national governing body to ensure that our members have all of the information that is relevant to them.
 
“To this end, we will use all available communication channels available to ensure we provide information to all.  This will include direct communication with clubs, the ABAE website, social media channels and boxing media and news websites.  Our club support officers that work in the field will also be hosting meetings and visiting clubs in their regions to communicate with coaches, boxers and volunteers face-to-face and communication materials will also be sent to the Regional Association of the ABAE.
 
“Since the EGM was called, we have supplied a Briefing Note to hundreds of clubs via email, made this available online and issued several statements via the ABAE website which have been sent to boxing media and websites and distributed by our social media channels (facebook and twitter).  Our club Support Officers have also hosted meetings with clubs in a number of regions.  This will continue as we work towards to the 24th and we aim to make more open and transparent communication a feature of our relationships with clubs and members in the future.
 
“This is not a one-way process and in addition to this, we have also established a series of communications channels for clubs to contact the ABAE including a Freephone helpline 0800 023 2692 and an email enquiry address enquiries@abae.org.uk.
 
“Clubs are also encouraged to follow the ABAE on twitter @abaengland or facebook, https://en-gb.facebook.com/AmateurBoxingAssociationofEngland where statements and circulars will be posted.  Local Club Support Officers can be contacted directly by clubs that would like a face-to-face meeting.
 
“This is a critically important time for boxing in England and we believe that the votes that will be cast on the 24th November should reflect the opinions of the membership and we urge all clubs, coaches, boxers and volunteers to make their views known to the Secretaries of their Regional Associations and ensure that their voice is heard at this critically important time for the sport.”