Making it EASY to be a Successful club President
Making it easy to be a successful President – online training course
Sports Community founder, Steve Pallas, hosts a series of 6 self-paced online training sessions. The on-demand training provides a step by step guide on the simplest, easiest and most enjoyable way to become a successful sports club President.
Presidents need help and support
Over the last six years we have traveled around Australia. From Nhulunbuy in NT to the Kimberleys in WA, Mt Isa in QLD to Warrnambool in Victoria and everywhere in between, helping and supporting sports club Presidents. During our travels we have learned:
- It’s unlikely that a sports club President is given any training or induction when they take the job
- Most clubs have almost no policies or procedures to guide new presidents
- New and old Presidents find they have little or no support and as a result suffer a lot of stress, anxiety and pressure
- A lot of Presidents do more work around the club than anyone else
- Presidents often feel isolated, feeling volunteers are unwilling to help
- It’s not uncommon for Presidents to burn out. They often find themselves looking forward to the end of the season rather than enjoying it. (Burn out can even occur before the season starts.)
- Many Presidents feel let down by the lack of support and leave the job slightly bitter with a tainted view of clubs and volunteering
Sports Community created the online training series “Making it easy to be a successful club President” to empower sports club Presidents. We will show you how to eliminate these negative experiences and empower you to lead your club effectively. And most importantly, to allow you to enjoy your time in the role.
New, experienced and those thinking of becoming a sports club President
Our six-part training series is perfect for:
- Presidents new to the role
- Experienced Presidents who are looking for ways to make the role easier
- People considering or about to become Presidents
- Anybody on a committee or about to join a club committee
I don’t have enough time to do the training!!
Time is the scarcest asset of a sports club President, so why would they spend a second on this course? Simply because it has been designed to save them huge amounts of time, stress and frustration.
In our travels, we have learned that successful clubs share a common trait. It is that is they have created a culture of volunteering where club members make themselves available to help out. And while you will learn many new skills during our six-part training series, the core outcome will be that we will show you step by step, how to create a culture of volunteering at your club.
That’s right, we will show you, step by step, how to get everybody in your club helping and contributing to the running of the club and its long-term success, year after year after year.
What do you get when you join the “Making it easy to be a successful club President” six-part training course?
First and foremost, you get the six-part, step by step training program that includes the following sessions:
- Leadership + culture = success
- The characteristics of successful clubs, presidents and committees
- Now you’re the president, where do you start?
- How to create a culture of volunteering at your club
- Understanding your Club – What needs to be done? When? How and who can do it?
- Recruiting and empowering volunteers
Not only are the sessions designed to show you how to create a culture of volunteering at your club, but they will also explore:
- What the terms leadership, culture and club success actually mean to you as a leader and how they can be applied to your club?
- The characteristics of successful clubs and measuring your club’s progress towards those characteristics
- Heaps of practical examples and case studies of club’s that have created a culture of volunteering
Each session is accompanied by a workbook with an exercise at the end to undertake at your club. NO this is not homework, it is part of us guiding you step by step on how to implement what you have learned into your club.
To ensure we support you all the way through the journey as a sports club President, we have created a private Facebook Group for course attendees. They can ask questions directly to both Steve, your course facilitator, and to other participants in the training program. This Facebook community will become a great networking resource for you during and long after you finish the training course.
You will also get regular Sports Community newsletters providing you with the latest club information, news, fundraising ideas and resources, all of which will make your role of President easier and more enjoyable.
Sports community went above and beyond in working with us to provide development opportunities for our sporting clubs. Their vast array of options allowed us to hold both a face to face session and webinars - this was pivotal in reaching a wider network of people. In addition, sports community were very accommodating with discussion topics we wanted to present to our clubs, and offered to design content to reflect our needs. Their friendly and approachable staff made the experience very positive and I could not recommend them highly enough - definitely would utilise their service again.
“Aside from sharing their own extensive knowledge, Sports Community's webinar series are a fantastic way to engage with others in the industry and hear case studies of what has worked in other councils and sporting organisations. "I have taken at least one new idea out of each session and there is always a great balance of practical tips that you can utilise straight away, and thought-provoking concepts that lead to new thinking. "Sports Community's commitment to taking on feedback and always improving ensure that the webinars only get better and that they always provide a great engaging experience.”
“Archery Australia contracted Sports Community to assist in developing and producing Documentation to update its National Coaching Program. "In conjunction with the AA National Coaching Committee Chair, work undertaken was in the following areas:
- Develop framework documentation to ultimately assist AA in seeking NCAS accreditation
- Review process for delivery of coach syllabuses
- Develop in-course workbooks
- Develop in-course presentation material
- Develop online learning modules
- Develop assessment processes
"It’s been so great working with Steve and the Sports Community team on a variety of Association Development training and leadership opportunities throughout 2015. "Their expertise and knowledge about sport, not for profits and community has been refreshing and our members and associations have certainly benefited from this. "The best thing about Sports Community is that they listened to our organisation’s needs and tailor made training opportunities to match. We look forward to continuing our work with Sports Community”
"I have really enjoyed the Sports Community webinars and found them valuable and informative. "It has captured some real challenges that are faced by the sporting community with some simple yet effective skills to pass onto our clubs."
"The whole team at Sports Community has been great to work with. "They are always positive and quick to reply. One-hour webinars every couple weeks are perfect as they don't take too much time out of your busy work schedule. "Presenters of the webinars make potential complex issues quite simple and the recordings of the webinars are a great idea. "They have been helpful a few times when I have gone back and reviewed some of the content."
“The New South Wales Fencing Association engaged Sports Community to present a course to our coaches to help them understand the wider environment in which young people are learning the art of fencing, or any sport. "The session delivered by Amanda Vanderwal - 360 Degrees of Coaching - fully met our expectations. "Amanda took our coaches on a tour of the many factors that influence the lives of our young athletes, not least the impact of social media, and helped them to place their work with their students in a broader context. "As a successful professional coach herself, Amanda was able to pass on what she has learned to our coaches in a way they could easily relate to and adapt to their own teaching. "All of our coaches who attended the session say they learned from it and we intend to make 360 Degrees of Coaching a key component of our coach training program.”
"We have worked with Sports Community on a number of projects, however most recently they assisted with the recording and production of three online training videos. "Joe made us feel comfortable in our delivery and the turnaround time was exactly as quoted. "The end product was exactly what we’d hoped for and I’d have no hesitation in recommending their services."
"Bowls Victoria has enjoyed a successful partnership with Sports Community to develop and deliver a whole-of-sport club training program over the past two years. "The program was managed well and to expectations with training programs staged in metropolitan and regional areas across Victoria. "Very positive responses were obtained from attendees with benefits being experienced by clubs virtually straight away. "Bowls Victoria is confident recommendations in respect to our relationships with Sports Community are based on accurate feedback from our client base and our own individual dealings through its management and staff."
“The Yarra Ranges Council has a strong history with Sports Community, who has delivered our annual Sports Club Training Program for the past four years. "We have received nothing but positive feedback from our local clubs who attend, most often commenting that the workshops are well worth the time to attend. "Working in partnership with Sports Community, the Yarra Ranges has been able to craft the workshops to cover particular topics relevant to Yarra Ranges sports clubs. "I highly recommend Sports Community as a valuable resource for both local government and sports club volunteers.”
"We are very grateful to Sports Community for their help in our Strategic Planning Process. "They were able to assist us from the beginning and made sure all of the important groups were represented. They led a positive and effective meeting that resulted in very strong goals for our club. "The stakeholders of our club have also reacted positively to our direction thanks to the additional communication. We are excited to continue to work together to see our objectives are achieved."
"I have worked with Steve and Sports Community for a number of years and have found them very accommodating, relaxed and knowledgeable. "The workshops Sports Community has delivered have been at the perfect pitch for grassroots clubs, full of practical and easy to implement suggestions. "Sports Community’s online learning makes it even easier for clubs in country areas to access training and information. Totally recommend Sports Community."
Time to make your role at your club a whole lot easier?
When does each course start?
You can log in to your session 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
This is a great opportunity to check your connection as well as make the most of the time with your presenter and other participants. During this 30 minutes you can ask any questions specific to your club and ensure you get the answers you are looking for.
How many times can I access the online course?
After the session a recording of the course will be sent to you to view at your leisure. (Please note: Free webinars are not recorded)
What is included?
For most courses you will not only receive the webinar training but also a worksheet and links to the best resources in the country on your training topic.
Steve's vision of a one-stop shop for all grassroots sports club where club volunteers and administrators can learn, share and grow has come to fruition in Sports Community. His passion for working with local grassroots sports clubs led him to developing Sports Community from just an idea into a multimedia information portal with a thriving online community.
Meaghan presents our webinars and consults with grassroots clubs, as well as councils and peak sporting bodies about how best to maintain successful and sustainable organisations.
Gain Access to all content for
your club with our monthly plans
As a Sports Community member you get unrestricted access to every part of the Sports Community website as well as members only emails newsletters and access to offers and discounts only. As an Individual or Club member you will receive amongst other things, * 25% discount to all products in the Sports Community shop, * 25% discount to Sports Community webinar training programs and free quarterly training webinars with industry experts where you are able ask questions and interact.Join Now $59.00 YearFor More Information
A Sports Community Club membership allows you to nominate up to eight people who each get unrestricted access to the Sports Community website including procedures and online training videos, fortnightly emails with open grants and the latest information helping your volunteers as well as the following benefits - *25% discount on all products in the Sports Community Shop *25% discount on Sports Community webinar training programs and free quarterly training webinars with industry experts where you are able to ask questions and interact.Join Now $149.00 YearFor More Information
INTRODUCING: Bottles Plus!
Bottles Plus are bringing flair to sports drink bottles. Specialising in custom printing allows customers to proudly display their logo or meet their corporate requirements. Offering a wide range of...
By Meaghan Densley
All players, including Serena Williams, must show respect to umpires
As I have stated often in my writing, one of the great pleasures of working at Sports Community is that we get to travel all over the country. We work...
By Steve Pallas