Toolkit

Netball simply wouldn’t happen without the amazing dedication of over 26,000 volunteers giving their time at all levels of the sport. In 2018 you told us you needed more support and guidance to help you meet good governance standards locally. This Toolkit has been developed to assist Counties and Regions in achieving, monitoring and maintaining Tier 1 status of Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

England Netball Region and County Governance Toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to assist Counties and Regions in achieving Tier 1 of A Code for Sports Governance by meeting the seven mandatory requirements of the code. Every resource in this governance toolkit has been co-produced and tested by volunteers from a wide range of committees across netball to ensure it is practical and simple to use.

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Each tool and template can be downloaded separately below.

Coach t-shirtIn 2018 all County and Regional committees completed the governance health check for the first time to self-assess their governance standards. This identified areas of governance where volunteers needed support to develop and England Netball have created tools to help you as a result. Regularly reviewing your governance means you can easily plan how to make improvements and work towards meeting the governance code ensuring the confidence of your members.

Download the Region and County Self-Assessment Health Check Form (Excel)

 

 

 

Gilbert ballHaving a stakeholder engagement plan in place is a crucial first step in good governance and should be conducted before County or Regional planning so that you can include the right feedback in your plan.

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Stakeholder Engagement Plan

 

 

 

Players celebrateRegional Management Board`s (RMB) and County Netball Associations (CNA) have always been required to prepare localised Plans but in the past England Netball (EN) has been very prescriptive about the format and content. The difference this time is that EN has empowered RMB`s and CNA`s to create their own Plan based upon local needs and expectations but framed by the `Your Game, Your Way` strategy.

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The crowd celebrateImportant documents such as your constitution, conflict of interest policy, membership process etc. should be reviewed and updated annually at least. Although you may not need to make changes each year the regular review and necessary amendments mean that the committee can use these documents as intended, as live tools, guidance and rules to help you run efficiently.

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Template Constitutions: 

Region

County

 

Enjoying a game of netballCommittee meetings can be a barrier to fresh talent including younger and more diverse volunteers taking on leadership roles. Ensuring that meetings are efficient, friendly, participatory, prepared, focused and finish on time can ensure that you don’t put off potential new volunteers.

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Example Meeting Agenda

 

 

Netball players groupIt is important that any conflicts of interest are identified, assessed, managed effectively and recorded to ensure individual committee members are not able to unduly influence a decision to their benefit (or their family’s benefit) rather than being the best value decision for the organisation.

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Conflicts of Interest Policy and Form

Conflicts of Interest Register

 

 

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The sports governance landscape is changing, and the public are more aware of the need for good governance in the organisations they use locally. Many of your members will be aware of the Sport England Code for Sports Governance and want to know if your organisation is compliant or not. Recruiting someone with governance skills and knowledge to the committee increases your stakeholders’ confidence in you, enables you to make the best governance decisions and will help you meet the code sooner.

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Junior netballCommittees are collectively responsible for a wide range of activities and so it makes sense to have a diverse skill set amongst the group. Getting the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience is essential in ensuring your committee has the resources it needs to govern netball locally.

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Committee Skills Audit

Committee Skills Audit Assessment and Action Plan

 

Ball in the netYour organisation should be regularly electing new committee members, or at least asking existing members to stand for re-election, as an opportunity to develop or bring in new skills, experiences and perspectives. Sport England advise that committee members serve no more than 9 years in total.

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Goalden Globes 2018Without using effective volunteer recruitment techniques, it can be tempting for committees to simply ask their friends or people they know to help out, which effects the diversity and dynamics of the group as they are likely to be similar to you and may not want to challenge you in debates.

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Vitality Roses celebrateNetball committees have historically lacked diversity and currently there are very few men, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT+) or young people volunteering in these roles. There’s an overwhelming body of research showing that greater diversity improves decision making, creativity and success of organisations.

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Vitality Superleague in actionMentoring and shadowing are extremely helpful to build into the succession planning process in your committee. They are particularly useful for broadening the diversity of your committee, as people with less experience or new to the sport can be supported to develop expertise over time. They also help to build relationships between the committee and effective team working.

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Mentoring Agreement

 

 

A netball coaching sessionHaving a formal bank account ensures that there is a distinct separation between the finances of your association and the finances of committee members. This will reduce confusion and the risk of fraud. Having two independent signatories on the account also helps to mitigate the risk of fraud and/or maladministration.

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A goal attempt by GABeing transparent about your finances will build trust with your membership and demonstrate effective financial management by your committee.

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A netball group celebrateThe Charity Commission guidance sheet number 8 is simply a handy checklist and recommendations intended for use by volunteer committees leading organisations to help them review their organisation’s internal financial controls. You only need to have read it, but you may find it useful to go through the checklist if you would like to review your finances.

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