The third board meeting of 2019 was the perfect occasion to celebrate some member nominations and bid an official farewell to Alison Howard, current CEO.
After serving 20 years with Rounders England; formalising the game, growing participation and establishing the NGB to what it is today, Alison’s resignation formally starts in August 2019. Read her official announcement.
Life Member Nominations
Behind the scenes, there are stalwarts of Rounders working hard; tutoring, umpiring and coaching Rounders to raise the profile of the game across the country. Their work does not go unnoticed, especially among their peers, and as the triennial Life Member Nomination came round, the Board meeting was the perfect opportunity to thank those nominated and awarded, for their contribution to Rounders.
The following individuals were recognised for all that they do to encourage, develop and grow the game.
Brett Bader – nominated by Sue Manson and Rodd Gass
Brett has made an unparalleled contribution in the Coach Education development and delivering of rounders courses over many years, an area that also deserves recognition. Brett is a truly outstanding Coach Educator and so passionate about promoting rounders at all levels and in all environments.
Claire Eckersley – nominated by Sheila Irving and Sylvia West
Claire has been for many years and still is totally dedicated to the game of Rounders. She is very knowledgeable about the game having played and umpired at the highest level. She gives up countless weekends to umpire at events and festivals around the country and is key in assisting the Rounders England Events Organiser. She also travels far and wide to train & test potential new umpires.
Michele Golland – nominated by Kevin Smith and Garth West
Michele has been actively involved with Rounders for over 40 years. As a younger player, she represented South Yorkshire & England. Currently she plays at local level and has served on her local league committee. For several years now she has organised the South Yorkshire Indoor league, encouraging new players into the game. Her passion and enthusiasm is boundless, being particularly evident when she is working with young players. In her role as Rounders England Events Organiser & Head Coach she travels around the country representing Rounders.
Vice President Candidate
Similarly, every three years the Board select, by a majority vote, an individual to the position of Vice President. Candidates are those who have held a Board position and have contributed greatly to the work of the Board.
Pauline Connington had the pleasure of being presented with her Vice President award.
Her contribution to Rounders expands across all aspects of the game as well as the Rounders England organisation. Having represented on the Board for an extensive number of years, developed Rounders within the HWSA League, coached within the education sector to encourage new players to her own local team (Scarlet Women) and umpired at all levels of the game. Pauline is most deserved of the accolade.