The Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association has changed its name.
February 1st 2016: FireSport UK is now the name for all fire service sport formally known as the FSSAA it was felt by the committee that it was time to modernise and bring the association up to date especially as fire services and indeed the sports people play and take part in has also diversified.
1.1 Organisational Purpose
The Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association (FSSAA) has been in existence since 1969. It was formed as a Trust run by serving and retired fire service staff to encourage all forms of sports and athletics in the UK Fire and Rescue Services.
The existing objectives of the association are as follows:
2.1.1 To encourage all forms of sport and athletics, both indoor and outdoor, for the benefit of serving and retired members of the Fire Service of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and to promote, organise and do all things necessary to provide, establish and support competitions, championships and events of a like nature, including the provision of trophies and raising funds.
2.1.2 Such activity may be carried out in co-operation with Fire Brigades as defined in rule 4(a) Sports and Athletics Association, or with any other members or organisations. For this purpose, the Association may be a member of the European Fire Service Sports federation (or their successor); or other appropriate international body as may be approved by the Council.
1.2 Organisational Structure
FireSport UK currently consists of 17 sports sections which are responsible for the organising and running of the events and competitions in their sport. The sports sections are as follows:
Angling, Athletics, Badminton, Bowls, Clay Target Shooting, Cricket, Cycling, Football, Golf, Rugby, Sailing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Walking and Mountaineering
But this list is not exhaustive and as peoples interests change then new sections are added and some made dormant.
The National Executive Council (NEC) are the guardians of the funds of the association and with the consent of the National Council distributes grants to contribute to individual sports section activities and to establish new sections. It is also responsible for the promotion of association activities through the website www.firesportuk.com.
Sports sections arrange and promote sporting events within the United Kingdom fire and rescue services, the European Fire Brigades Sports Federation and with other national vocational and community teams. Funds received from the NEC are supplemented by obtaining contributions from competitors and members and by arranging local sponsorship deals.
FireSport UK National Executive Council obtains most of its funding from the Local Authority Fire and Rescue services based on a banding structure relating to the size of the Authority.
FireSport UK activities can be used to help achieve a number of the aims of the UK fire and rescue services. Sporting events offer an opportunity for engagement with people within the local community and this opportunity could be built upon to reach relevant sections of the community for fire safety and prevention messages. Activities can also be used to target specific sections of the community for recruitment of women and ethnic minorities in support of government representation targets. There are also clear advantages in promoting a healthy and active workforce by encouraging sporting activities.
For more information, go to www.firesportuk.com