Trustees Week is an annual week-long celebration of the work and efforts of the 1,000,000 trustees, who volunteer their time to make important decisions across the 200,000 registered charities in the UK.
This week, British Blind Sport (BBS) would like to show their appreciation for the continued contributions of the BBS Board of Trustees, volunteering their time and expertise to make a visible difference to people’s lives though sport.
David Gavrilovic is the Vice Chairman of BBS and one of the eight volunteers who make up the BBS Board of Trustees.
David has been visually impaired for his whole life. His first interactions with BBS was as a partially sighted youngster, playing in the BBS National Junior 5-a-side Football Tournament at Aston Villa and competing at the BBS National Junior Swimming Gala in Worcester.
After losing his sight at the age of eleven, David continued to play sport and, at one time, held national junior titles and national schools titles in Athletics, Football, Goalball & Swimming as well as playing in the BBS National VI Cricket League. At the age of twenty, David became Chair of the BBS Cricket section and later joined the BBS Board of Trustees in January 2010.
Speaking about his motivations as a BBS Trustee, David said: “I had a fantastic time playing a whole variety of sports both at school and as an adult, so I feel it is really important to make those same opportunities, or even better ones, available to today’s VI young people. I’ve also seen the influence sport can have on people adapting to sight loss and the way that sport can bring people out of themselves. It really can be life changing and this is why I enjoy being a trustee of British Blind Sport. If I can do anything to help or support the charity’s excellent projects then I feel that whatever time I invest is well worth it”.
David continues to support the BBS Cricket section as Vice Chairman, General Secretary & Competitions Secretary, he is also Vice Chairman, Business & Competitions Director of Blind Cricket England & Wales as well as continuing with his role as Vice Chairman of the BBS Board of Trustees.
Commenting on the importance of Trustees, BBS Chief Executive, Alaina MacGregor said: “The British Blind Sport Board of Trustees is vital to the success of our charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is a fantastic initiative shining a spotlight on the volunteers who pledge their time to the management of charities. Our Trustees all contribute unique skills and experiences, building a well-rounded and diverse board, that makes critical business decisions to ensure that we continue to deliver excellent services and help more visually impaired people get active.”
BBS would like to thank all of the BBS Trustees for their ongoing support and the time that they willingly volunteer to secure a successful future for the charity.