Board training and development
From September 2015 to June 2017, CT was appointed to support County Sports Partnership Network's ‘Good to Great Board Training and Development Programme'.
We worked with County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) Board members from across the 44 regional county sports organisations, to improve their skills and knowledge on Board governance issues.
The programme comprised of:
- 5 ‘supa-regional’ workshops: 1-day events made up of keynote speakers, topical workshops, and peer-to-peer action learning groups.
- 7 webinars on: the sports governance code; effective stakeholder relationships; driving efficiency and business sustainability; the role of the chair; understanding the Board member role; being strategic; and Board effectiveness.
- 5 thought-pieces published on the CSP member-only online forum;
- 1-2-1 individual surgeries with Board members at the CSPN Annual Convention;
- Authoring documents to help CSPs comply with the Code for Sports Governance;
- 2 pilot ‘light touch’ governance health checks with CSPs;
- 2 seminars at the CSPN Annual Convention;
- On-going support to the CSPN team.
We evaluated the programme throughout and also encouraged CSPs to engage in self-assessment work. CSPN noted progress overall in raising standards in Board performance.
Key learning identified by participants included: refreshing governance knowledge; understanding appraisal processes and the characteristics of strategic Boards, as well as pinpointing areas for improvement.
Action taken by CSP Boards included: improving the quality of strategic discussions; holding regular meetings between CEO and Chairs; reviewing and refreshing policies; developing Board driven agendas; utilising Board skill set; and increased self-reflection alongside a culture of improvement.
This project has also been a catalyst for CT’s involvement in the wider network and we have assisted individual CSPs with a wide range of governance related issues, such as meeting the standards of the Code for Sports Governance; Board effectiveness reviews and development, as well as assisting with options appraisals and recruitment to non-executive and executive roles.