CEOs' e-Forum, May 2012
Following feedback from its recent members survey, the Sport and Recreation Alliance has identified a series of new services and benefits to help members easily fill gaps in skills that may exist in their organisation, without the need to employ new members of staff. The services – which include payroll outsourcing, minute taking and administrative support, will all be provided by experienced partner organisations and skilled Sport and Recreation Alliance staff. Visit the Alliance’s website to find out more about shared services.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance has persuaded Venture Partner Rocketseed to offer a free three-month trial of its product to three Alliance members. Rocketseed can brand your organisation’s emails to promote events, raise awareness of campaigns or drive people to register on social media. You can use the product to promote a championship, give a sponsor more exposure or to sell tickets to an event – and it’s simple and effective. If you’re interested in taking up Rocketseed on their offer, email the Alliance’s Communications Officer, Libby Jellie, who will then get in touch to let you know more.
The Alliance recently brokered a partnership with energy consultants Utility Aid called Energy 4 Sport & Recreation which could potentially save your organisation, as well as your members, a lot of money through reduced energy costs. Utility Aid can find the cheapest energy provider for your organisation, and, if you want, arrange a switch for you – it’s virtually effortless. Find out more details by visiting the Energy 4 Sport & Recreation website or call Stevie at Utility Aid on freephone 0808 1788 170. You can also contact Libby Jellie to find out how to promote this offer to your members so that they can benefit from it too.
Eventility wants to work with SRA members to help promote their sport or activity and to provide real time stats and data on events and clubs around the country - for free. A service described as “Great” by former SRA Chair Brigid Simmonds OBE, Eventility is already helping thousands of clubs to manage their activities and members – reducing costs, saving time and effort, raising club profiles and getting more people to participate. Everything from collecting annual subscriptions, managing multiple events and selling tickets to promoting via Facebook, Twitter, mobile, even local newspapers is taken care of. To find out more visit the Eventility website or call CEO Robin Brattel on 07944 444 242.
Whether you require a guiding hand or a second opinion, Croner's Business Support Helpline offers all Alliance members immediate and unlimited access to expert advice on everything from employment and payroll issues to company law and landlord and tenant queries. The helpline is available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and there is no limit to the number or length of calls you can make. Call 08445 618 133 to make use of the service, quoting scheme number 37109.
Nominations have been coming in thick and fast for the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2012. Previously the Sports Club of the Year Awards, they have been renamed to reflect the wide variety of Alliance members’ activities, and include new categories to recognise the breadth of work that's carried out by the sport and recreation sector as a whole. Whilst nominations have now closed for community clubs, it’s not too late for professional clubs to get their nominations in – the deadline is 15 May. Email Helen Tan or call 020 7976 3928 to find out more.
The Alliance’s annual Leadership Convention is back on 14 and 15 November – the only event to bring together the chief executives and chairs of sport and recreation governing and representative bodies and county sports partnerships. The first confirmed presenter is Jeff Grout, who is rated as one of the best speakers in the UK. Event prices have been frozen at 2011 levels if you take advantage of the early bird offer, so visit the Alliance’s website now to register your place.
It's becoming clear that local authority level issues are becoming increasingly important for sport and recreational clubs to understand and be aware of. This workshop, on 22 May at the Alliance's offices, is ideal for those working in the realms of club development or grassroots promotion. Get up to speed with the latest local policy issues affecting your organisation, class or club and find out how to counteract them. Visit the Alliance's website to register. Download the agenda here.
Sheffield Hallam University and the European Sports Development Network (ESDN) are hosting their next symposium on 5 September, entitled Beyond 2012 – What Next for Sport & Physical Activity? The aim of the symposium is to bring sport and physical activity academics together with industry professionals – so that they can share ideas and gain enhanced knowledge and improvements in professional practice. Abstracts are welcome (max 250 words) and need to be submitted by 18 May. Visit Sheffield Hallam’s website to find out more.
COURSES & GUIDANCE
The MESGO programme is providing Executive Masters courses – designed for experienced managers and executives working in international, European and national federations, clubs, leagues and trade unions. The course runs over an 18-month period with nine one-week sessions across Europe, and the next programme will start in September. Visit the MESGO website to find out more.
Are you an organisation looking to switch business accounts? Do you need impartial and no-nonsense banking and financial advice? The Business Account Finder is a free service that allows small businesses, clubs, societies or charitable organisations to gather up-to date information on the UK business banking market with account comparison tables listed by banking institution, account breakdowns, introductory offers and more. Visit the Business Banking Finder website to use the tool and find out more.
Are you looking to recruit a member of staff in the near future or would you like to gain a better understanding of what you should be thinking about during the recruitment cycle? The Alliance is holding a seminar on 23 May on effective recruitment that will help attendees gain a better understanding of how the recruitment process works, how it should support your organisation and how to target the best candidates. Visit the Alliance’s website to book your place.
The Alliance is holding a half-day workshop on 5 July to explore the different uses of meeting notes and the legal status of meeting minutes. Activities will encourage attendees to consider the way they take notes during meetings and present some unusual ideas to help delegates record meeting contents accurately. This workshop is designed for those who work in administrative or secretarial roles and have never received formal training or who wish to improve. You can book on to either the morning or the afternoon session via the Alliance’s website.
London 2012 – have you made plans for your organisation yet?
Is your organisation ready for the Games? Sallie Barker, the Alliance’s Head of Services, attended a LOCOG event recently where they urged all businesses and organisations to plan ahead and get their London 2012 staff policies in place as soon as possible. They also provided a range of useful tools and guidance including communications materials and an action plan template, which are available online. Visit the Get Ahead of the Games website to find out more.
The Alliance’s Board Members for Sport programme is taking shape, with British Wheelchair Rugby, SportsAid and Badminton England all having advertised their Non-Executive Director (NED) opportunities through the network. And BT is the latest in corporate partners to get involved with the scheme, having promoted the network to its pool of 70 most talented employees. To find out how you can get involved as an individual or organisation, or to use the network to promote your organisation’s NED opportunities, contact the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s governance team.
On the weekend of 18 and 19 August – the week after the Olympics, Join in will be encouraging the whole nation to head down to where it starts for every great champion — their local sports club. Join in is a golden opportunity for every club to turn the excitement around the Games into new supporters and members – not just this summer but for years to come. You can host your own event at your sports club, or see what’s on near you. Visit the Join in website to find out how you can get involved, and forward this information on to any club you know who might want to organise something themself.
Fields In Trust, the charity behind the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect 2,012 recreational spaces by the end of 2012, is holding a series of Have a Field Day! summer celebratory events in the run-up to the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. Find an existing QEII event, or you can organise your own event in a QEII field near you. There is a toolkit full of tips and ideas available on the Field Day website, and all event organisers will get a goody box of flags, bunting and other things closer to the time. Visit the Field Day website to find out more.
Official Olympic sports convention comes to Glasgow
The International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) takes place from 19-23 July 2012 in Glasgow. Officially affiliated to the summer Olympics and held every four years in the host country of the games, the ICSEMIS will include over 2,000 research abstracts from 65 different countries and welcomes 2,500 delegates from every professional sector and academic discipline associated with sport, physical education, exercise, physical activity and sports medicine. Visit the ICSEMIS website to register.
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