British Octopush Association

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British Octopush Association
Abbreviation BOA
Motto To promote and develop Under Water Hockey
Predecessor BSAC
Formation 1976 (1976)
Type NGO
Purpose National body for underwater hockey in the UK
Headquarters VSS PO Box 28 Sanquhar DG4 6WW[1]
Region served United Kingdom
Key people Cliff Underwood[2]
Affiliations BUSA
BSAC
Website http://www.gbuwh.co.uk

British Octopush Association (BOA) is the governing body for underwater hockey (also known as Octopush) in the United Kingdom (UK).

Organisation[edit]

The BOA is an organisation based on individual members rather than on clubs. It is managed by a committee elected from the membership. It provides competition at national level and the opportunity to play internationally. It also provides coaching and refereeing courses for its members.[3][4][5][6][7] In July 2013, the BOA entered in an affiliation agreement with the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) in order to improve its recognition as a national governing body (NGB) and to access a range of services including checking services required by Child protection legislation.[8][9]

Origins[edit]

The BOA was formed in 1976 to directly control and develop the sport. Prior to the creation of the BOA, underwater hockey competitions had been conducted since the 1950s under the auspices of the BSAC. In 1977, the BSAC in its role as the NGB for underwater activities (also called sub aqua) recognised the BOA as the controlling body for the sport in the UK.[10][11]

National competitions[edit]

BOA operates the following competitions - National Championships, Nautilus National League, Ladies National Championships, Junior National Championships and Student Nationals. Scottish and Welsh championships are conducted by regional groupings of BOA clubs in those countries.[12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact the BOA Committee". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hyman, David. "How the BOA was formed". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Types of Membership & Fees". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Hyman, David. "Coaches and Referees". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Committee". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Competitions". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Underwood, Cliff. "International Competitions". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "BOA Annual General meeting and BOA news (Bulletin 228)". British Octopush Association. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "British Octopush affiliates with BSAC". British Sub Aqua Club. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Underwood, Cliff. "How the BOA was formed". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Which sports do we recognise?". Sport England. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Competitions". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Welsh & Scottish Championships". British Octopush Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Underwood, Cliff. "UK OCTOPUSH COMPETITIONS". http://www.underwaterhockey-archive.com/. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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