Governance and Trustee Elections
The British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) is a national student sport federation and registered charity. Founded in 1986, we are governed by an elected board of trustees and project a national student voice for more than 70 active university Taekwondo clubs.
The mission of the British Student Taekwondo Federation is:
- The advancement for the public benefit of physical education among students in Universities and Colleges by the provision of services and promotion of the martial art and amateur sport of Taekwondo.
To this aim we provide various support services, and deliver a range of programmes and events including training camps, officials’ courses, BUCS London University Sports League tournaments, European Universities Games qualification events and team management, and the hugely popular multi-discipline tournament series culminating in the Student National Taekwondo Championships.
We work closely with a variety of valued partners and sponsors including suppliers, athletic unions and sports departments, NGBs, Taekwondo associations/ companies and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). We provide the framework for open, multi-discipline competition between all university clubs, independently managing and insuring our events to enable all university Taekwondo practitioners to train and compete together.
There are three categories of membership within the organisation, including: Member Clubs (open to clubs in membership of their respective Students’ Union); Individual Affiliates; and Honorary Life Members. Governance of the charity is undertaken by the Board which is comprised of the Trust, Executive and Non-Executive Board members.
The AGM is typically held during the first term of each academic year and is an opportunity for all clubs to discuss current issues, get the latest information on this year’s upcoming events, and to elect the governing Trustees. Every university club in membership of their Student/Athletic Union and the BSTF, regardless of style or affiliation, carries an equal vote at BSTF general meetings. All university clubs nationwide have an equal say in electing their Trustees. Voting is exercised by an elected committee member representing their club and conducted by simple majority.
Trustees are the passionate individuals who offer their time, energy and expertise to improve university Taekwondo for all. Candidates are typically postgraduate students or alumni with prior experience leading their own club committees. Posts are typically 1 or 2 years in length after which you may stand for re-election. You must be available for the duration of your elected term.
Being a BSTF Trustee can be hard work, but if you love university sport and Taekwondo then there are few better ways to give back to it than becoming a Trustee, and such a role will give you a wealth of team project management experience and soft skills that employers love.
The main responsibilities of trustees, essential required skills and desirable additional skills are listed below.
| Key Responsibilities
|Elected trustees ensure the accountability, legal compliance, and efficient management of the charity
||Be eligible, understand and accept role and responsibilities of a charity trustee – check this handbook
||Expertise in the operations of charitable organisations/ NGBs / Students’ Unions
|Provide oversight on a wide range of the charity’s’ activities, promptly reviewing documents year round
||Understand and support the charity’s objectives, following its Standard Operating Procedures
||Significant experience managing university sports clubs
|Attend around 9 meeting per year, some online and some requiring travel year round
||Able to act impartially in the best interests of all university clubs at all times
||Significant experience working in professional environments
|Attend and support 3 or more other events each year, including the National Championships
||Candidates must be: Passionate, Responsive, Reliable, Capable, Collaborators
||Successful record delivering major sponsorship agreements in the third sector
|Commit to providing 16-20 full days per year across events, meetings, reviewing and other tasks
||Prepared for a challenge which requires good time management skills, technical precision and hard work
||Hold desirable specialist skills, such as medical doctors, lawyers, programmers and accountants
If you are interesting in becoming a BSTF Trustee please contact us by email to put yourself forward. This must be received a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of an AGM and should include a supporting statement of up to 500 words for publication along with a profile picture. Please see the events page for the date and venue of the next university clubs’ AGM.