How our sport­ing clubs can make most of forced break

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - TRIS­TAN EVERT Tris­tan.Evert@news.com.au

A PAN­DEMIC IS NOT THE ONLY SIG­NIF­I­CANT RISK FAC­ING CLUBS AND THERE ARE SEV­ERAL FAC­TORS THAT COULD EAS­ILY SHUT A CLUB OR AN EN­TIRE SPORT­ING PRECINCT FOR A YEAR OR MORE.

MICHAEL CON­NELLY

Sport sea­son can be a busy pe­riod for ad­min­is­tra­tors and of­fi­cials of re­gional clubs but as the re­gion faces months of forced down­time due to Covid-19, now is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get ahead.

Queens­land-based CPR Group has been help­ing clubs run bet­ter busi­nesses for more than 20 years and is en­cour­ag­ing North Burnett sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to use this time wisely.

CPR Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Con­nelly (pic­tured) said sport­ing clubs were faced with nu­mer­ous chal­lenges and there was no rea­son they couldn’t come out on top af­ter the coro­n­avirus cri­sis has passed.

“I am sad­dened at the hu­man tragedy be­ing caused by coro­n­avirus world­wide, but am also frus­trated read­ing and hear­ing sto­ries from sports clubs who will ‘be sent to the wall’ or forced to shut down,” Con­nelly said.

“The Dar­win­ist in me ques­tions why any club or as­so­ci­a­tion would be in a po­si­tion, fi­nan­cially or op­er­a­tionally, to be forced to close due to one sea­son of down­time.

“A pan­demic is not the only sig­nif­i­cant risk fac­ing clubs and there are sev­eral fac­tors that could eas­ily shut a club or an en­tire sport­ing precinct for a year or more.

“Our clubs know that sport in Aus­tralia is big busi­ness and it usu­ally con­trib­utes $13 bil­lion to the Aus­tralian econ­omy.”

In ev­ery other eco­nomic down­turn, win­ners have emerged and Con­nelly said the win­ning sport­ing clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions would be the ones that used their “forced down­time” wisely.

“What bet­ter time to get ahead with those projects that end up on the back­burner dur­ing busy sport­ing sea­sons,” Con­nelly said.

“Things like up­dat­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, re­new­ing the by­laws and poli­cies, de­vel­op­ing risk man­age­ment and dis­as­ter re­cov­ery plans and, most im­por­tantly, de­vel­op­ing ex­cel­lent busi­ness strate­gies for clubs.

“Th­ese are the things that will put clubs in a win­ning po­si­tion once we can get back on the field, court or track.”

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