Club committees do a lot of heavy lifting for the club.

Their impact is powerful – for good or for bad. 

 

You can tell when a club is in poor shape when bad behavior is commonplace and not dealt with properly by a club committee.

Membership falls away. Sponsors and volunteers are hard to attract. Players are not united. Parents leave in droves.

These clubs tend to be controlled by domineering ‘know it all’ types who don’t listen, who treat people disrespectfully, and who rely on having a group of cronies around them.

For a club to become a place of respect, safety, fun fairness and success, committees need to know how to apply the good governance principles and practice which will get them there.

A committee can transform and build a respectful club culture when it follows a Club Respect AWESOME path.

Being an AWESOME Club Respect committee member

  • A. Alignment of values
    You and your fellow committee members must live and breathe the stated values of the club.
    • After all, if a club committee isn’t prepared to live by the club’s values, why should anyone else bother?
    • Monitor when and how these values are revised, ensuring the process is regular and democratic
  • W. Working well with others
    Your committee understands the importance of getting on with one another.
    • You have open and constructive discussions around the table without things degenerating into personal attack and mistrust.
    • The positive ethos you share means that more people are prepared to pitch in, pull their weight and share jobs and effort rather than leave things to a few to do.
    • Your committee strikes a balance between doing the work out on the ground or around the club as well as its higher order responsibilities around the club’s values, strategic plan and delivery of club objectives.
    • Because club committees are almost always made up of volunteers, you value the need to build a strong volunteering culture where people are keen to join in and play a role around the club. 
  • E. Effective communication
    Your committee governs well by making sure:
    • That all the relevant communications between the committee and club are upfront, clear, honest and respectful. 
    • It goes out of its way to make sure that people who have English as an additional language don’t feel excluded by the forms of communication around the club.
  • S. Success judged (the right way!)
    Your committee: 
    • Is completely across what your club’s success measures are, and when they’re due for revision of redefinition 
    • Makes decisions about allocation of club resources that allow these success measures to be achieved and celebrated.
  • O. Ownership
    At all times, your committee acts in the best interest of members and upholds the club’s constitution.
    • It has an unwavering responsibility to making sure that the club’s Code of Conduct is enshrined in the club’s constitution, respected and fairly enforced.
    • When problems arise, the first response is focused on considered and fair resolution, without scapegoating or brushing over the underlying issues.

    Club Respect’s ground rules for meetings can help you with constructive conflict resolution.

  • M. Modelling respectful behaviour
    The committee understands that aligning the body with club values starts with all committee members modelling respectful behaviour.
    • There’s zero room for bullying, intimidation, poor listening, disrespectful comments or exclusion of capacity and talent.
    • Members lead by example, knowing that others follow their lead. 
  • E. Equality and fairness
    Committee members, collectively and individually, translate values of respect, equality and fairness into practice.
    • Ensure that the club has policies and procedures in place that safeguard equality and fair treatment for all people, across all of the club’s operations.
    • Address every key aspect of your clubs operations, ranging from team selection policies through to equal gender representation across the club (committee, canteen, other volunteer roles).
    • Make the policies visible, applied and and evident in the everyday life of your club.