Chairman's Annual Report

25/03/2014

HIGHLAND SKATE PARKS ASSOCIATION
Trustees Annual Report for Oct 1st 2012 to Sept 30 2013

ADMINISTRATION DETAILS, GOVERNANCE & PURPOSE

Charity Number SC 042470
Registered Address: Culorrin Muir of Ord, IV6 7XA
Trustees: Nigel Campbell (Chairman)
Gordon Davis
Sally Ferguson
James Hamilton (from July 3)
Niki Mackenzie
Robbie Mackintosh
Andrew Urquhart (from Dec 4)

Constitution Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Trustee Recruitment Trustees are recruited by the Chairman and appointed at a trustees meeting
Charitable Purpose
To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Highlands of Scotland, without distinction of sex, sexuality, political, religious or other opinions by associating the local authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities, or assist in the provision of facilities, in the interest of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation so that their conditions of life may be improved. In furtherance of which but not exclusively the organisation shall seek:

• to improve the skate, roller blade and BMX facilities in the area of benefit
• to provide, make available and supply such resources and equipment to encourage participation in the above sports regardless of age or gender
• to organise excursions and other activities for the benefit of the members

SUMMARY OF MAIN ACTIVITIES, ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE

Own Development Projects
Inverness Bught Park
Funding of £445,000 was obtained - £95,000 from the Inverness Common Good Fund, £100,000 from Active Places (Sport Scotland) and £250,000 from the Big Lottery’s Community Spaces. Discussions started with the Highland Council about whether they could own the skate park so as to recover VAT. In August the Council’s Technical Services indicated that they would be willing to take on the maintenance of the skate park. Subsequently the Council decided that it was too risky for them to own the skate park. A short-list of contractors will be invited to tender shortly and we hope that the new park will be built by the end of September 2014. Plans for a BMX track are also being developed.

Indoor Skate Park
There has been no progress. The Highland Housing Alliance has not encouraged us to pursue the temporary conversion of the building on Glendoe Terrace due to uncertainty about their own plans for the site. .

Other Development Projects
Muir of Ord Roof
HSPA has worked with the Muir of Ord Skateboard Group and, as indicated in the previous report a funding application to the Big Lottery’s Community Spaces was submitted by the December 7th deadline. A decision is expected at the end of March 2014.

Hilton Satellite Park
This project has not progressed for lack of forming an active local committee.

Maintaining and Managing Facilities
The Inverness ramps were repainted prior to the summer jamboree.

Training and Other Activities
Using funding obtained the previous year, Gordon Scott was recruited at the beginning of the year as Sports Development Director and in March Taran Campbell as the head coach. Sessions have been run throughout the year at the Hilton Mall. In addition successful holiday coaching took place during the Easter, Summer and October holidays. Sessions have also been held at Aldourie School and at youth groups in Kiltarlity and Maryburgh. Over 200 young people have benefited from the coaching.

Although additional Sportsmatch funding was obtained in August 2013 this was insufficient to retain the services of Gordon Scott beyond October 2013. Unfortunately, as of February 2014, Taran Campbell has also stopped coaching to pursue other opportunities. However, Alvin Hunte is taking over the coaching at Hilton Mall and Scott Miller has started BMX coaching.

Creative Skate Store organised a day trip to Aberdeen in January 2014 and HSPA is grateful to Chris Wilson and James King.

Management and Administration

• Trustees - During the year James Hamilton and Andrew Urquhart became trustees.
• Membership – for our coaching activities we now have registration for 242 individuals. The database is being maintained by Joanne Cameron, Acting Secretary.
• Communications – the website and Facebook page have improved and our Facebook page now has 617 likes. .
• Child Protection – all those involved with coaching are PVG registered.

FINANCIAL REVIEW
The annual accounts are attached. The Charity’s policy is to maintain a surplus of several thousand pounds at all times. At the year end the charity had a surplus of £10,939 of which more than half was unrestricted surplus.

DECLARATION
The trustees declare that they have approved the trustees’ report above

Signature Date

Nigel Claude Gillon Campbell, Chairman

Download Annual Report:: HSPA-Annual-Report-for-2013.doc

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