MMS703 Sport Governance
The new nation of Larsutland(A hypothetical country) is highly interested in sport with many different clubs, state associations, and national organisations, but to this point, has been largely run by volunteers. However, Larsutland has provided all sport organisations with enough money to hire all the professional staff they need. With this influx of staff and professionalisation of sport, ‘Sport Larsutland’ (the government’s sport body, similar to Sport Australia or Sport New Zealand) wants to create a new governance code to ensure sport organisations are governed effectively. Unfortunately, Sport Larsutland does not know where to start! Knowing the skills and knowledge of Deakin students, Sport Larsutland has decided to reach out to you for help. More specifically, Sport Larsutland is looking for a report on the critical issues of sport governance from which they will create a sport governance code (like the ‘Sport Governance Principles’ of Sport Australia, or the ‘Code for Sport Governance’ of UK Sport). A sport governance code essentially outlines good governance practices that organisations should adopt.
Therefore, your task is to write a policy report on sport governance for Sport Larsutland. In this report, you will advise Sport Larsutland on what governance principles it should include in it is new code. It is important you back up your advice and arguments with evidence.
In your report, you will need to have a section where you advise Sport Larsutland on is the means by which it should implement its new code. You could title this section ‘Implementation Strategy’ or similar.
The ‘Implementation Strategy’ section will discuss whether the code should be mandatory for NSOs to adopt. Should funding be withheld from NSOs if they do not adopt the code? Should the code only be advisory? What flexibility should Sport Larsutland offer its NSOs? Should Sport Larsutland provide governance training, model policies and document templates to NSOs (similar to what VicSport do)? These are key questions to consider when drafting this section.
Some potential governance principles you may wish to recommend to Sport Larsutland include:
Governance Structure (e.g. federal v unitary model)
Board Composition (term limits, independent directors, board size)
Control mechanisms (e.g., risk management, board evaluation)
You can choose to use these principles or other principles you see as appropriate. Your code should provide a clear argument (i.e. critical analysis) for the importance and relevance of each principle you choose. thin each heading it is expected you will:
Define the principle and key terms
Critically analyse why the principle represents good governance
Provide evidence (e.g., from academic studies and industry reports) to support your arguments
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