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The risk of dying in a perfectly safe way! A few reflections on good governance in grassroots sport


Governance is the tool to get from a to b.


Governance is the tool to get from a to b. So you need to know where b is!


Governance is the tool to get from a to b. So you need to know where b is! Are your organisations’ missions crystal clear to everyone?


Governance is the tool to get from a to b. So you need to know where b is! Are your organisations’ missions crystal clear to everyone? My claim: Good governance is much easier in organisations that have a clear sense of mission because it allows staff and volunteers to internalise and act upon values, ethical codes and organisations’ governance guidelines.


Who is our most important constituents


Who is our most important constituents - Members and volunteers!


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets!


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets?


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources?


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources?


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources? - Your products/activities?


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources? - Your products/activities?


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources? - Your products/activities? - A sense of purpose - A sense of co-ownership - A good reputation


Good governance: Safeguarding the organisations’ assets! What are your organisations’ most valuable assets? - Your financial resources? - Your products/activities? - A sense of purpose - A sense of co-ownership - A good reputation How can we safeguard that?


Associational risks: You may be judged by the status of your friends!


Associational risks: You may be judged by the status of your friends! Who are our (perceived) friends?


Associational risks: You may be judged by the status of your friends! Who are our (perceived) friends? - Professional football? - Highly competitive sport?


Associational risks: You may be judged by the status of your friends! Who are our (perceived) friends? - Professional football? - Highly competitive sport? Or‌


In the case of ISCA:


Associational risks: You may be judged by the status of your friends! Who are our (perceived) friends? - Professional football? - Highly competitive sport? Choose your friends carefully – look for other sectors.


The risk of dying in a perfectly safe way!


The risk of dying in a perfectly safe way! Good governance controls may make you (feel) safe


The risk of dying in a perfectly safe way! Good governance controls may make you (feel) safe But it will not guarantee success!


What is the most common governance risk in grassroots sport (and which have the higher impact)?


What is the most common governance risk in grassroots sport (and which have the higher impact)? - A non-scientific approach! • • • • • •

Doping Financial mis-management (false bookkeeping) Match fixing Conflict of interest (mixing private and organizational interests) Sexual abuse Corruption (helping your friends who help you)


What is the most common governance risk in grassroots sport (and which have the higher impact)? - A non-scientific approach! • • • • • •

Doping Financial mis-management (false bookkeeping) Match fixing Conflict of interest (mixing private and organizational interests) Sexual abuse Corruption (helping your friends who help you)

Which one do you think?


What is the most common governance risk in grassroots sport (and which have the higher impact)? - A non-scientific approach! • • • • • •

Doping Financial mis-management (false bookkeeping) Match fixing Conflict of interest (mixing private and organizational interests) Sexual abuse Corruption (helping your friends who help you)

Can we precisely assess risks?


What is the most common governance risk in grassroots sport (and which have the higher impact)? - A non-scientific approach! • • • • •

Doping Financial mis-management (false bookkeeping) Match fixing Conflict of interest (mixing private and organizational interests) Sexual abuse

• Corruption (helping your friends who help you)


A different picture of ISCA


A different picture of ISCA Serving members equally?


A different picture of ISCA Serving members equally? Paying members equally?


A different picture of ISCA Serving members equally? Paying members equally? Allowing members access?


Conclusion: Looking forward

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Set your strategical and political goals cleverly (where is your “b”)! Consider your most important assets and how to safeguard them! Act on associational risks! Compliance and controls. Dying safely? Train to assess and mitigate risks.


Conclusion: Looking forward

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Set your strategical and political goals cleverly (where is your “b”)! Consider your most important assets and how to safeguard them! Act on associational risks! Compliance and controls. Dying safely? Train to assess and mitigate risks.

ISCAs role: FACILITATING POLITICAL/STRATEGICAL LEARNING AND CAPACITY BUILDING


Thank you!

Reflection on good governance in grassroots sport  

Presentation by Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA, at GGGS 2nd Workshop, Cyprus November 2012