The National Club Leaders Conference will return to the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday – where over 100 Club Leaders from 40 different athletics clubs will convene to learn and share good practice in relation to developing strong sustainable clubs.
The Conference will feature keynote presentations from sportscotland’s Michael Cavanagh, who will focus on a case study from Commonwealth Games Scotland exploring how ‘Small Organisations Can Make a Big Impact’.
GB Sport’s Mike Lynch will deliver two sessions focusing on ‘Governance, Legal Status and Management Structure – the Recipe for Success’ and ‘Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers Effectively’.
In addition, and due to popular demand, eight Scottish athletics clubs will present this year – providing real life case studies and will include a special ‘Club Power Hour’ of sharing good practice.
The clubs who will share their experiences are Aberdeen AAC, Springburn Harriers, Garscube Harriers, Edinburgh AC, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Shetland AAC, Orkney AC and Pitreavie AAC.
Finally, and new for 2016, through partnership working with GB Sport and D & A Sports Development, there is an opportunity to book one-to-one Club Development Clinic sessions throughout the day.
‘This event has one again proved really popular and, in its third year, is now firmly established,’ said scottishathletics chief executive, Mark Munro.
‘Alongside our National Club Manager support, the Club Together Programme, Club Modernisation Project (Club 20:20) and the Club Leaders’ Academy, the conference is an important part of our club-focused work.
‘Once again there will be around 100 club leaders in attendance with a range of topics being presented from leadership, club management and legal aspects through to volunteer retention and coach development.
‘I remember a few years ago, we had to look outside of our sport for some of the examples of good practice. This year we have eight clubs presenting over the course of the day and all very proactive clubs indeed, delivering great projects.
‘I really do feel clubs have certainly embraced the term ‘modernisation’ and we are working hard as the governing body to keep up to speed with their development and the support required to enable them to develop further.
‘It’s now well established on the same day as the Annual Awards Dinner and I would like to extend my thanks to all those attending and especially those clubs presenting the good practice on the day.’
(Please note: sign-ups are now closed for Saturday’s event)