Governance in Sport

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Lead your sports organisation to new heights with Working in Sport Essentials

Sports governance is a specialised area with its own unique challenges. Corporate governance provides the foundation for sporting organisations and clubs to minimise risks, improve their performance and be sustainable. Working in sports essentials provides fundamental governance knowledge for anyone involved in a sports organisation or team, including:

  • grassroots volunteers
  • committee members and directors of sports clubs
  • managers and executives of sports organisations.

This online course is delivered in partnership with etrainu across seven modules. It will give you a broad understanding of governance in sport and the confidence to carryout good governance practices in your role. All seven modules can be completed in half a day!

Learning outcomes

  • Define ‘governance’
  • Highlight the key elements of governance
  • Explain why governance is important
  • Discuss some topical case studies/issues in governance
  • Outline the regulation of governance in Australia
  • Provide some useful tips and resources
  • Identifying good governance
  • Understanding what is performed by boards
  • Understanding the structure of the board and directors’ and officers’ duties
  • Understanding key elements of good governance
  • Understanding functions of the board
  • Identifying drectors’ and officers’ duties
  • The responsibilities of the board
  • Understanding and creating constitutions
  • Define and explore the common law and statutory duties 
  • Acting in good faith
  • Not misusing a position or information
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Avoiding insolvent trading
  • Acting with reasonable care and diligence
  • Using business judgement
  • Delegation of director’s duties
  • Examine the key items within the financial statements and the policy issues which affect reporting
  • Confirm the key responsibilities for directors and officers with regard to financial reporting
  • Explore ways of reporting to satisfy funding requirements and to meet stakeholder needs
  • Review the financial responsibilities with regard to
  • statutory reporting
  • Identify different types of meetings
  • Define the content of minutes
  • Effective meetings definition
  • Revise issues for directors
  • Why assess board performance
  • Understanding the basis of assessment – the six principles
  • Recognising comparisons, standards and benchmarks, and how one size does not fit all
  • Conducting board assessments
  • Recognising the potential outcomes of assessing board performance

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Three easy pricing options

Starter pack

$175 for modules 1-3

Ideal for the individual committee member wanting basic understanding what governance is and why it is important.

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Full course

$475 for modules 1-7

The full seven modules covering governance, delegative duties, roles and responsibilities, financial management and board assessment.

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Special offer for clubs

70% off the RRP

We know times are tough for the foundation of Australian sport — our grassroots clubs — so we have a special club price to embed good governance across your organisation. Your Board or committees can complete the entire course for just $ 1, 425 for up to 10 people. That's 10 people for the price of three!

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Governance in Sport

Lead your sport organisation to new heights with Working in Sport Essentials

Overcoming sports governance challenges