Good Governance in Grassroots Sport - Special Edition of the ISCA newsletter

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THE COMPASS OF GRASSROOTS SPORTS


"Good governance will rank very high on your agenda as leader of a grassroots sport in the coming years.

It is not just a fancy ‘buzzword’, it is principles on how to initiate necessary innovation, how to handle political and organisational dilemmas and how to minimize the risks. It is appropriate leadership – at the right time! It is obvious that good governance in the leadership of grassroots sport is necessary. However, we cannot just introduce a given set of rules and regulations and then consider they will ensure good governance.

Good governance depends on your context, competences and capacity - it depends on you and your colleagues leadership skills. With the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport we would like to challenge and strengthen the way you are being, thinking, organising and not least acting as leader in grassroots sport. For your benefit and for the benefit of your organisation and the grassroots sport sector as a whole."


Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA Presdient.

BRINGING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN GRASSROOTS SPORTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Good governance in grassroots sport is a prerequisite for organisational legitimacy and ultimately survival. This said, we must first and foremost better assess what good governance means. This implies taking into account different cultural, historical and organisational backgrounds. There is no ready to use recipe for enhancing good governance in grassroots sports but we aim to work towards the definition of recommendations that will help raise awarness”. Saska Benedicic Tomat, GGGS Project manager, shares with us her vision and expectations for the project. Get ready to think again!
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SECURING THE SUSTAINABILITY AND SPECIFICITY OF THE SPORT FOR ALL SECTOR

The life expectancy and the value of grassroots sports organisations rely on two main pillars: volunteers and good governance. This is the message of Jean Camy, father of European sport organisations management, who has been taking part to the most recent two EU-funded projects by ISCA. He shares with us his expertise and lets us know why it is so crucial to clearly establish the roles and responsibilities for the board, management, staff and volunteers, and how this is all connected to good governance.
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WHICH GUIDELINES FOR GRASSROOTS SPORTS ORGANISATIONS?

Each organisation is different and what may be appropriate for one organisation in terms of the culture of good governance, may not work in a different organisation. Yet ISCA and the GGGS project partners have clearly developed and accepted four main principles that should guide any “Good Governance in Grassroots Sport” strategy:
- Democracy
- Transparency
- Accountability
- Inclusiveness
in the representation of interested stakeholders.
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GGGS Principles

WHY DO WE NEED SUCH A TOOL? What MADE IT SO UNIQUE?

Transparency, democracy, accountability and inclusion are expected nowadays by external stakeholders from grassroots sport organisations. Yet it might be difficult for grassroots sport organisations to identify if and what kind of governance or management challenges they may have… not to say how to rectify them.
The GGGS self-assessment developed by ISCA is designed to provide a framework that shall allow sport organisations to better audit their actions in the field of good governance and then to support sustainable commitment and efficient strategy to enhance it.
AVAILABLE SOON!

STATE OF THE ART TRAINING MODULES FOR TOP POLITICAL LEADERS

This European non-formal education programme developed includes 3 x 3 days of training during the project period. Two modules have already been organised. This unique education programme is made up of a combination of interventions from high-level experts, site visits, online learning modules and peer-lead learning. It has been designed to be a sustainable programme that will last long after the project lifespan.
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Read more about the 1st training (Italy, Sept 2012) here>>>
Read more about the 2nd training (Estonia, Nov 2012) here>>>

Education Programme for Top Political Leaders

WHAT IS OUT THERE? 

Governance is a wide issue and is related to many organisational aspects. In order to be able to open new tracks, the GGGS team decided to build upon existing documentation and expertise in the field of sport governance. The GGGS’s desk research has thus been designed to document and compile the existing body of knowledge when it comes to good governance of the grassroots sport sector.
Download the GGGS project Desk Research here >>>

Note: We also recommend the AGGIS (Action for Good Governance in International Sport) platforme

GGGS Desk Research

THE LONG JOURNEY TOWARDS GOOD GOVERNANCE

Defining and implementing a good governance requires engagement, commitment and long term thinking.
Indeed governance is a multidimensional and complex issue involving many key areas to think about: policy, people and process. True is those in charge of defining and implementing a good governance strategy, members of the board, are facing various dilemmas and challenges while running organisation. Focusing on these dilemmas and being aware of them is already part of thinking good governance. You may have already faced one of them….
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GGGS challenges and dilemmas
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