Members will recall that the 2018 British Wrestling Association Survey took place over the Christmas period, starting 22nd December 2018.
The British Wrestling Board considered the survey outcomes at their February 2019 meeting at which the following reports were available, (further detail was available to them in addition).
The survey outcomes are given below as an Executive Summary, a List of Actionable Items and a set of the statistics.
Any questions about the survey should be addressed to the Chief Executive via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to reply to the survey.
This year, the number of respondents was 53. The combined total across all respondents of years actively involved in Wrestling was 836yrs! (1265yrs in 2017). Whilst the survey represented a small number of respondents in comparison to the overall membership (which includes a large number of transient Recreational memberships) the validity of the sample seems reinforced by many questions being answered with a very similar profile of answers to previous years – albeit, portraying a gently improving picture, with the ‘Dissatisfied’ option often being zero.
Home Nations issues came through clearly in verbatim answers: Northern Ireland, with a set of strong views in the 2017 survey, came across more muted in 2018, but now joined by Scottish issues.
The BWA’s emphasis over recent years on “Respect for Officials” appears to be paying off with a rise from 41% -> 65% of respondents “Satisfied” with “the level of respect the officials receive from participants when I compete in Wrestling.”
It is worth mentioning that there was a concerning theme from Northern Ireland that appears to believe that it should be for the BWA to pay for the training/certificates of volunteers, should the BWA demand any qualifications beyond that of the willing volunteer. Unfortunately, this is not how sport is administered/survives in the UK.
The verbatim, open, responses give a good insight into the concerns of respondents. Most of the comments/suggestions are items that the BWA has/is considering/working on delivering. In general, the survey endorses support for the current activities, but that they should go (a) faster and (b) further.
The summary of one respondent’s response deserves airing: “Management to understand that without good Officials and Volunteers, Wrestling will not progress to the levels the competitor [Nations] can achieve”