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How to develop a community sports enterprise in this new ‘normal’ world

3 webinars on how to develop a community sports enterprise in this new ‘normal’ world

 

An increasing number of people become ‘micro-providers’ of community sport and physical activity because they have experienced or seen a specific need they want to address and turned it into an opportunity.  Most struggle in the beginning and less able and determined people perhaps would have given up, but they persevere and have built some incredibly innovative enterprises getting tens of thousands of inactive people active, regardless of their age, weight or disability.

But it is also our experience that there are many potential social entrepreneurs who, with some support and inspiration, could develop similar enterprises in their respective fields.

An increasing number of people become ‘micro-providers’ of community sport and physical activity because they have experienced or seen a specific need they want to address and turned it into an opportunity.  Most struggle in the beginning and less able and determined people perhaps would have given up, but they persevere and have built some incredibly innovative enterprises getting tens of thousands of inactive people active, regardless of their age, weight or disability.

But it is also our experience that there are many potential social entrepreneurs who, with some support and inspiration, could develop similar enterprises in their respective fields.  These people do often not fit within the ‘system’ and the policies coming down from the top and are rarely very good at selling their story up the line.

The vast majority of conventional, generic training and support programmes for social entrepreneurs cannot, for understandable reasons, cover the many specific issues facing people and organisations working in community sport and physical activity.

At the same time, we have encountered many passionate people who are keen to engage with inactive people across their communities, but too often their passion is not matched by their enterprise knowledge and skills. They could do a much better job, in a sustainable way, if they learned how best to prove their impact and improved their communication and enterprise skills.

Over the last 15 years Sports Marketing Network have worked with and helped launch and grow many community sports enterprises and we have developed some really useful tools and to-dos, which we will share with you over three webinars.

Friday 3rd July 9.30 BST
Introducing community sports enterprise

This first webinar will give concrete ideas and support for you on how to

  • Develop your idea
  • Understand what the competing elements are
  • Order them logically
  • Understand and use lean start-up principles
  • Start the journey

We will be demonstrating these points through case-studies from community sports enterprises which went from initial idea to successful launch.

Friday 10th July 9.30 am BST
Getting started with your Community Sports Enterprise

  • Go through what social enterprise means
  • Consider what makes a business a social enterprise
  • Outline the different legal structures that a social enterprise may use
  • Provide examples of successful community sport enterprises

    After this webinar participants will have a better understanding of whether your idea is suited to being a social enterprise and whether you wish to be a social entrepreneur. You will also understand the range of skills, knowledge and aptitudes needed to run an effective social enterprise.

    Friday 17th July 9.30 am BST
    Growing your Community Sports Enterprise

    • What does it mean to become more enterprising
    • Challenges and opportunities for building an enterprising culture
    • Developing an enterprising model for value-based organisations
    • Balancing income generation and social impact
    • Developing an enterprising organisational culture
    • Supporting people through change and transition

    This webinar will then take you to a point where you are better equipped to face the new ‘normal’ world

    We are hopeful that this programme will help you to:

    • Gain skills in a range of business tools and skills to help establish sustainable and thriving community sports enterprises
    • Articulate the feasibility of ideas for either a new social enterprise or income stream and build a business case
    • Create a living business plan to support the development and management of your community sports enterprise
    • Gain confidence in how to pitch for a community sports enterprise

    In between the webinars we will be producing follow-up notes which we will be sharing amongst participants. We reckon each of the webinars will last 30-40 minutes and they will be recorded and made available on SMN’s website fpr you.
    If you have particular points you want us to cover please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you and, hopefully, you will want to join us.

    These webinars are free for members of the Sports Enterprise Network, the premium service from the Sports Marketing Network. For others, it costs just £25 to attend the webinars and to receive the supporting tools and action plans.

    For more information about the Sports Enterprise Network and to join click here. 
    As a member you are automatically entitled to one free place on the webinar

    To book onto the webinar, if you are not a member of the
    Sports Enterprise Network click here  Please note that you will be charged US $30, which is equivalent to £25. 

    If you have particular points you want us to cover please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you and, hopefully, you will want to join us.

    PS. If you want to talk about booking SMN to run specific online support for your colleagues, clubs, providers and others, then please get in touch with me Svend Elkjaer svend@smnuk.com 01423 326 660