A website has appeared calling itself the National BMX Council (www.nbmxc.org). At BMX Talk we were intrigued so thought we’d try and find out more. We spoke to James ‘Rooster’ Tresman who is part of the team behind the site.
BT: So James, what’s going on?
JT: Thanks BT. There is a proposal for the creation of National BMX Council to unify the great work the five BMX regions do. The aim is for the council to take the wealth of experience that exists at a local level and create a national platform that can represent the views of the BMX community within British Cycling.
BT: Is this the start of a break away from British Cycling?
No, that’s not the intention at all. Whilst we’ve had our difficulties with British Cycling over the summer we strongly believe that BMX has a brighter future working with BC than going it alone.
BT: The website seems pretty finished. Is this really a proposal or is it a done deal?
JT: The decision to establish the NBMXC has not been made yet. We’ll be launching a public consultation in the coming weeks and one of the key questions we’ll be asking is whether the BMX community actually wants a National Council. We created the website to give a platform for people to discuss the consultation.
If people decide they want a National Council to represent them then the website can switch from a proposal to live a platform quickly, but a lot of things need to happen before then.
BT: Like what?
JT: We have the support of the BMX regions to conduct a public consultation, the results of that will dictate whether the NBMXC will be created or not. If it is, then amongst other things we’d need to create a constitution, terms of references, open nominations for councilors and hold elections.
Then, there’s the small matter of agreeing how British Cycling will recognize the authority of the NBMXC.
BT: Why do you think people want a National BMX Council?
JT: BMX has operated fairly autonomously under the British Cycling umbrella for almost 20 years. The youth review was one of the first issues to really divide opinion. The way that was handled highlighted some constitutional problems between BMX and British Cycling that we hadn’t really seen before. Three things really stand out from our experiences over the summer:
Unless BMX adapts to work within the structure of our National Governing Body we will be vulnerable to further changes that we may not agree with. Before we can affect change within British Cycling for the good of BMX we need to get ourselves organised. I believe the NBMXC is good first step on that path.
BT: It sounds like a plan. How can people get involved?
JT: We need people get involved in the consultation. We want to reach as many people as possible and gather as many opinions as we can. To do that everyone is encouraged to sign-up on our website, our facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll ensure they receive a copy of the consultation so their opinion can be heard.
BT: When is all this going to happen?
JT: A draft proposal for the NBMXC is being worked on now. That will be sent to the BMX regions, British Cycling and the UCI BMX commission for their input. In January a final draft will be published together with consultation questions for circulation to BMX clubs and their members. The results will be published in February ahead of a meeting where we’ll discuss the way forward for BMX either under the NBMXC or not.
BT: Thanks for talking with us James and clarifying the situation. If BMX Talk readers have further questions or ideas than we’ve started an NBMXC thread on our forum.