Sport Birmingham's Trustee's show their perspectives on being apart of the Board
Posted: Thu, 04 Nov 2021 23:54
We are governed by a number of Board members who bring with them skills and knowledge. The Board's key aims are to work with partners to increase participation in sport, physical education and active recreation, and to build clear pathways for people with sporting talent to enable them to reach their potential.
On 15th October 2021, we had a AGM meeting with our Trustees, we also had a networking session with the team; for some of the team and Trustee's it was the first time meeting face to face since the pandemic.
For #TrusteesWeek we wanted to get in touch with some of our Trustee's, and get their perspectives on being apart of the board, which helps achieve our vision of an active, healthy city for everyone.
How do you feel about being a trustee for sport Birmingham
"I've been a Trustee for 15 months; it's been difficult as I have only met a few staff members and fellow board members till today. So today it feels a lot more real and a lot more positive. Just happy to be involved and to contribute to something that is close to my heart, physical activity and inclusion. I'm very happy." - Richard Hindle
"First thing that comes to my mind is proud. Second thing is necessary and the third thing is supporting my home town on where I was born. The role I play is something I think carefully about, what I'm going to do, who I'm going to work with, who I'm going to support and why; and because of the ethos around Sport Birmingham, and how they want to use the power of sport for the benefit of the community and help turn communities around is something I am very passionate about." - Keith Fraser
"What impact has covid had on Sport Birmingham and where do you see Sport Birmingham in 5 years"
"The organisation has managed really well during lockdown. As a team they've all adapted to home working and still managed to achieve a lot. I think looking forward the Commonwealth Games will be a springboard to simulate a lot more interest in physical activity and Sport Birmingham will have a key role to play in leveraging that and getting the community connected with getting active." - Richard Hindle
"Sport Birmingham, like many charities has been impacted by COVID, but I have been impressed by their resilience. Sport Birmingham have actually managed to grow what they are doing and their reach. They have also thought about how they can support grassroots organisations, supporting communities, young people, vulnerable people and tackle where the need is greatest. So I've been impressed by what Sport Birmingham has achieved despite of the pandemic. - Keith Fraser
Yimika Phinda our newest to the our board of Trustee's couldn't make it to our meeting, but we wanted to gather her thoughts on being a Trustee.
How have you found your first Trustee role?
Right from the beginning of joining the Sport Birmingham board, I have felt like I was contributing to a great community cause. It's been a learning curve for me, understanding some of the board terminology which I'm still catching up with, but Mike's introductions and on boarding helped a lot. Being able to input on and support the team on the rebranding has definitely been a highlight of this year.
What tips would you give to others thinking about becoming a charity Trustee?
If it's something your passionate about or you have strong expertise in a specific area that can help achieve our goals, then join us. It doesn't feel like a job and is a rewarding way to help your community whilst working with a board of likeminded people.
We would like to take time out to thank all of our Trustee's, thank you for playing a vital role, volunteering your time and working together to make important decisions about our work.