There are clubs run by a ‘closed’ group.
While this situation is often described as a ‘boys’ club’ or ‘old guard’, it isn’t always exclusively male.
This kind of closed group will have been around for ages. It keeps the power firmly in its own hands, probably dominated by one or two people.
These closed groups tend to:
These are really difficult clubs to belong to. You can’t see where and how decisions are made; how fees are managed and used; and have no say in club direction.
People often leave clubs like this.
For a club to become a place of deep respect, safety and fairness, its governing structure needs to be genuinely diverse, inclusive and democratic.
Decision-making in these clubs is transparent. People sitting on committees are valued and listened to, there is no intimidation by a club President who knows it all and slaps people down.
Changing to such a culture mightn’t be easy but it can be done.
Achieving cultural change in the club requires you to work respectfully and civilly with everyone, including the ‘boys’ club’, if it exists.
It’s about setting a new, fresh standard of behaviour in place.
Revitalisation is good for any club. Better still, when the transformation is about a club becoming a place of respect, fun, safety and success, everyone benefits.