Whilst the Academy would have been delighted to welcome all members to the meeting, the fact is that the IFCA does not have any of its own funding at this moment and is reliant on the goodwill of the BAF and the German Academy to underwrite this small inaugural meeting. It must be emphasised that this meeting is co-hosted by the German Academy and is not a BAF controlled event.
The Committee sincerely hopes that members will understand that on this occasion, the meeting must be by invitation only. This is partly due to cost limitation and also to the importance of attempting to give a reasonably equal weight to the representation of each country that wishes to be part of founding this important organisation. At this moment, those countries include Germany, Austria, the USA, China, Norway, Japan and Ireland and we are hoping that more will be included. At this point, an over representation by the BAF could cause us to lose the trust of our international colleagues.
On behalf of the Academy, I would like to offer sincere apologies to all those who might have wished to attend and have been misled. If all goes well, I hope that IFCA events will soon be underway, to which all members will be warmly invited to play a part – including a larger conference in the near future.
Furthermore, I would like to apologise to our international colleagues for the behaviour of this one member. We have no intention of flooding the meeting with our own members, quite the contrary, as we hope that all countries and members will be working together as equal partners to establish a modern and mutually respectful organisation of colleagues.
In the meanwhile, we must ask for your understanding in limiting the numbers. The IFCA is still at an early and fragile stage and we hope it will be established as soon as possible to the benefit of all our members and coaches around the world.