3 Keys to start optimizing the management of your sports club
management is called to assume and carry out responsibilities over a process.
In the case of clubs, the act of carrying out all the control and management tasks related to the club is considered management. From managing the staff of coaches and coordinators, to managing the facilities, registrations and cancellations, training schedules … in short, manage everything related to the club.
Many times, this topic is not given the importance that it should. The sports club tends to be underestimated. “What if it is not for profit”, “That we are volunteers” … Nothing is further from the truth.
In a club, proper management is vital. It is vital to offer the best service, it is vital for the club to last over time. Like everything in life, things are either done well or not done .
For impeccable management, before any tool or before the management takes any action, the most important thing is to be aware of wanting to do things right.
In the first instance, you have to be aware of the importance of management. And second, be clear about how to do it at the club. There are 3 points to keep in mind:
The first point to take care of is to be clear about the organization chart of the club.
Each one must have their responsibilities determined and limited. It cannot be that there are tasks that are not responsible or that there are many people in charge of the same functions. In the end, these inefficiencies result in people burning out and key aspects of the club not being addressed.
After all, a sports club is still a long-term project management. Planning is essential.
You can get an idea of the agents in a sports club and a standard organization chart in this post.
Communication is a critical aspect, and one that is rarely taken care of. Both internal communication and external communication must be managed by the club managers.
On the one hand, we must be in constant contact with all the agents involved in the club, so that nothing happens to us and continue to improve day by day. There are different practices that help make this communication as fluid as possible.
On the other hand, we must not forget that the club managers are a team, and as such, we have to communicate with each other to avoid misunderstandings and make sure that we all row in the same direction.
Those in charge of a club have to be aware of trends, changes, news, other clubs …
Some of the sports clubs have already begun to work on management models aimed at continuous improvement ( Kaizen in its term in Japanese), quality management and strategic planning.
A sports organization can improve thanks to a continuous improvement management system. Or at least, with notions about it.
In conclusion, for proper management, it is not so important to do these actions, but rather you must be clear about the philosophy of wanting to do things well.