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. 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.

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Book the entire course (all seven modules) to receive a discounted rate. Or try the starter pack (modules 1 to 3).

Gain prior recognition 

If you complete all seven modules, this counts as one elective course towards one of our Certificates.


Key learnings

Module 1: Introduction to and definitions of governance

  • 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

Module 2: Why is governance important

  • 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

Module 3: The function of the board

  • Understanding functions of the board
  • Identifying drectors’ and officers’ duties
  • The responsibilities of the board
  • Understanding and creating constitutions

Module 4: The duties and roles of the board

  • 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

Module 5: Financial management

  • 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

Module 6: Meetings and current issues

  • Identify different types of meetings
  • Define the content of minutes
  • Effective meetings definition
  • Revise issues for directors

Module 7: The board performance assessment

  • 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

Governance in Sport

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

Overcoming sports governance challenges