How our sporting clubs can make most of forced break
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.
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.”