CEOs' e-Forum, October 2012

Policy type: 
CEOs’ e-Forum
Publish date: 
Wed, 24/10/2012


Read tips on how to write a funding bid

The NCVO has produced a quick guide on how to write a funding bid. The five page document provides information on: who should apply for funding, the ten things funders look for and how to present your style and tone. Access the funding guide here.

New pension rules come into play

New pension rules for employers come into force this month. All employers will need to act to comply with the new law and The Pensions Regulator has published an online leaflet explaining the new rules. For further information please visit the Pensions Regulator’s website.


Training course for directors of sport and recreation

The Alliance has partnered up with the Institute of Directors (IOD) to offer the first bespoke training course for board members in sport and recreation. The course will cover areas such as the role of the director, basics of finance for directors, the role of national governing bodies and sport development.

To register your interest in the training course please click here or contact the Sport and Recreation Alliance governance team.

Independent board member recruitment opportunity

If you are trying to recruit independent board members the Board Members for Sport Network is here to help. The Board Member for Sport Network continues to grow after the official launch which attracted close to 100 individuals and several high profile speakers.

If you are interested in how the network could help you or you are looking to recruit non-executive directors then please click here or contact the Sport and Recreation Alliance governance team.

Voluntary Code of Good Governance

Fifty-seven organisations have now signed up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance which is more than double the number at the beginning of the year. The Alliance runs a series of workshops for organisations signed up to the code – next workshop date is:

14 November: Third principle – Delivery of mission, vision and purpose.

To sign up to the workshop please click here. For more information and to sign up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance please contact the Sport and Recreation Alliance governance team.

Good governance case studies

Governance is often in the media because something has gone wrong but in the Alliance we know our members are working hard on maintaining and improving good governance. To flag up the good examples, we have created a series of case studies to help organisations put theory into practise.

To download the case studies please click here. If you think your organisation would be a good case study, have any comments or questions then please contact the Sport and Recreation Alliance governance team.


Legal Panel Framework offers new services

The Pro-Bono Fund brokers free legal advice from the Legal Panel Framework firms to small NGBs and sport and recreation organisations. Each firm on the panel has committed to provide up to £5,000 worth of free advice per year to the sport and recreation sector. To find eligibility criteria and more information about the Pro-Bono Fund please click here.

In addition each of the panel firms has committed to providing a free 20-minute helpline service to sport and recreation organisations. To find out more about the free legal helpline click here.

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 now active

The first raft of changes brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has come into effect as of 10 September 2012. There are significant changes that organisations need to understand and establish management solutions for in relation to checking individuals who have contact with children and adults at risk in their environments. For more information about the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 visit here.


Rocketseed offer free webinar

The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s partner Rocketseed is offering a free webinar explaining the benefits of using branding on your everyday email. The webinar is on the 12 November at 2pm. Rocketseed currently work with the British Canoe Union and the English Table Tennis Association and both of these organisations will have representatives discussing how the service has helped them with their marketing campaigns and objectives. Anyone who takes part in the seminar and then chooses to go ahead with the Rocketseed service will also be entitled to have their set-up fees waived.

For more information or to register for the seminar contact Libby Jellie

Would you like to reduce your energy costs?

Utility Aid, in partnership with the Sport & Recreation Alliance, may be able to offer sports clubs access to cheaper energy prices by bulk buying energy on the wholesale energy markets. Collective purchasing is becoming commonplace in the UK and prices could be up to 30% cheaper than the big six energy companies. Utility Aid can also provide energy saving advice to reduce energy costs further.

Contact Alana Patterson on 0808 178 2022 or email on

Free resource for travel projects

The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s travel partner Traveleads has launched its new Sports Travel Portal. This free resource enables high-level and detailed views of group travel projects, and allows sports CEOs/SFOs to monitor progress and avoid potentially costly delays in project control, such as missed deadlines. With detailed project views and cashflow forecasting for the entire organisation or drilled down to budgetary level, the Sports Travel Portal places greater fiscal controls in the hands of UK NGBs at a time when the pressure is on to demonstrate good governance.

For more information contact Eric Edwards, Traveleads’ Sports Travel Director on 0113 242 2202 or


Sport and the Law event

The ten Legal Panel Framework firms are providing ten different workshops on sports law issues in a one-day practical conference for chairs, chief executives, legal directors and individuals working in the sport and recreation sector.

The event is on 4 December 2012 at De Montfort University, Leicester and will be offered at a discounted price to Alliance members. To book a place on the Sport and Law conference, or for more information, click here.

ACEVO Annual Conference 2012

The Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations is holding its annual conference on the 29 November 2012 at Dexter House, London. This year the conference is focussed on the importance of effective governance and includes keynote speeches from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Corporal Johnson Gideon Beharry VC amongst others. For more information or to book you place visit

Think!Sponsorship Conference – 14th November 2012

The Alliance has secured a 25% discount for its members at Think!Sponsorship’s Forward Thinking conference in London on 14 November. Key topics include what lies ahead for the sponsorship industry after the London 2012 Games and the future of alcohol sponsorship. Confirmed speakers include Karen Earl, chairman of the European Sponsorship Association, Tricia Thompson, director of cycling at Sky and Sue Tibballs, chief executive of the Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation.

Visit the Alliance’s website to find out more.

Innovate to Activate conference

The British Heart Foundation National Centre is looking for examples of innovative physical activity interventions or research studies which provide evidence of their impact on physical activity knowledge, attitudes or behaviour. If selected, organisations will be asked to present a case study of their work at BHF’s annual conference, Innovate to Activate, on 22 November.

For further information visit the conference website.

Volunteer Managers Conference

McCrudden training in partnership with Albion in the Community are running a variety of workshops to develop paid and unpaid volunteer managers. The course is taking place on the 5 December 2012 at the Amex Stadium in Falmer and workshops are focussed on promoting your organisation, volunteer management vs. volunteer leadership etc. For more information visit: or call 0845 257 5871.

NCVO Training Course: Meaningful Strategy

The NCVO is offering a two day training course on 20 and 21 November at the NCVO Conference Suite, London, to help people who are responsible for organisational direction receive both a conceptual and practical grounding in business strategy. The course will provide an introduction to strategy for people who are new to this kind of work and may also provide a refresher with new ideas for people approaching their next strategy cycle. For further information please email Fiona Turuka:


Sport and leisure and Adult Learners’ Week

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is now taking nominations for awards for Adult Learners’ Week 2013. This year new thematic awards have been introduced, one of which is for sport and leisure. As well as encouraging nominations for the sport and leisure award organisers are keen to encourage sport and leisure providers to run events during Adult Learners Week to highlight the opportunities they offer. Information on how to nominate for an award and nomination forms is given on the Adult Learners’ Week website.

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