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3 webinars on how you reform and modernise your club, leisure centre or community group

It’s community sport, but not as we know it…

Diverse and inclusive places, innovative and welcoming environments and digital volunteers

 

The future for providers of community sport and physical could exciting, provided they are willing and able to listen to the world around them, adapt and change and introduce new ways of thinking and operating.  That may not always be an easy task, especially if you have been badly affected by the lockdown…but we also know that those who embrace change and innovation will benefit greatly.

This is also the stances from many national sports councils.  Here are two representative quotes:

“Our sector won’t maximise our future potential if we simply replay our current approach.” Peter Himkimmin, CEO, Sport New Zealand (They have allocated 30% = $20 m per year over four to a strand called Different and Better)

“We are calling for innovative solutions to reduce inequality and help those most affected by the impact of the coronavirus to get active. We believe that now is the time to act, innovate, and do things differently to affect positive change”, Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England chief executive

So here are three webinars which will inspire you and give you thoughts, tools and to-dos to reform and modernise and really come out this more able and agile, ready for the new ‘normal’.
They will be held on three consecutive Tuesday mornings at 9.30 (to accommodate our growing ‘down under’ starting on 23rd June.

Each webinar will last 35-40 minutes with an inspiring and informative presentation and then you can ask questions and discuss and engage.  

In between the webinars we will be producing follow-up notes which we will be sharing.
We reckon each of the webinars will last 30 minutes and they will be recorded and made available on SMN’s website.

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

Tuesday 23rd June 9.30 am
Developing more diverse and inclusive places for community sport and physical activity

There is an increasing focus on how we attract and support women, people on low incomes, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people or people living with long-term health conditions to become more active and engaged.
Often, simple and local initiatives can have a real impact and we have also seen how local people affected by one or two of these can make a real difference.

Grassroots and community sport at every level has so much to offer people of all backgrounds. You’ll find clubs and centres who are indeed very diverse and inclusive.  They make sure that people from all backgrounds feel supported and at home there.

This is often down to the hard work of coaches, teammates, sports officials, organisers and leaders making people feel welcome. You have the power to influence your club, team and community for the better.So, how do we change cultures, open places up, break down barriers, and develop concrete initiatives which can help both the perceptions of people within your club or group but also of those from the outside?

Mixed ability rugby breaks down barriers

This webinar will give you advice, tips, supported by inspiring case-studies on how you can become more diverse and inclusive and get more people involved.

Tuesday 30th June 9.30 am
How to develop innovative and welcoming environments

Earlier this year Sport England released results from their Active Lives Survey which showed that enjoyment was the biggest driver of regular participation for both adults and children. For those who are already getting active, enjoyment holds the key to why they do it.

Being nice to people, being positive and being supportive are really undervalued skills in the sporting workforce but they can create positive environments for those new to sport and physical activity by developing a welcoming approach to getting inactive people active.
We also need to develop more innovative ways of activating people as many people have not got used to new habits, so can we develop some more family sport, casual sport, mixing online and offline activity and so on

During the pandemic, we have seen an amazing wave of innovation in sport and physical activity (Yoga with your dog – Doga!” No, I am not joking) so you will have to keep up with that, if you are to attract people

Doing a Downward Dog

Throughout the session, the webinar will incorporate case studies and other stimuli which showcase creating a welcoming, innovative and positive environment in practice.

At the end of the webinar participants will have a clear idea and understanding of how to create innovative and welcoming experiences for everyone, regardless of age, gender, health, ability, level of commitment or background

Tuesday 7th July 9.30 am
It’s volunteering, but not as we know it – how to attract and manage Digital Volunteers

One positive impact that the pandemic may have had on society is that many people and especially young people want to make a difference, they want to have a purpose. 

At the moment 10% of the Welsh population currently volunteer in sport, but that number could soon treble as 30% of adults who took in a survey into exercise habits during lockdown have said that they are likely to volunteer in the next 12 months to support sport and physical activity in Wales. That percentage rises to 44% when it comes to 16-34-year-olds, so almost half of our young people are considering volunteering in sport.  But how?

For many sports clubs the notion of the digital world, having ‘virtual’ volunteers and engaging with 17-yeard olds in the leadership of the club it requires a fair level of ‘new’ thinking but can also bring consirable benefits to the clubs in terms of bringing new ideas, contacts and initiatives.

 Digital volunteering in process

But how do you do that? This webinar will cover that if you want to attract young people, you have to have small and flexible tasks they can take – and accept you won’t get a volunteer for the next 30 years. Make it easy and specific what you want them to do, and what they will help the club with. 

We will also cover how a lot of people want to do volunteer work – young and old. When they are asked, why they are not already engaged they answer: “Nobody asked me”. So one universal thing to getting all new types of volunteers: ASK THEM!

The whole stiffness and bureaucracy of a committee can also scare some young volunteers away. Could we organise it in another way? Have a meeting on Zoom or Teams instead? Have workshops and themed days instead of board meetings? Think outside the box.

This webinar will help you to develop better understanding of how to engage with young, digital and virtual volunteers and tap into a whole new human resource

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. 

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.

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