Managing Activities
Managing Staff & Volunteers
Running The Organisation
Getting Young People Involved
Succession Planning
Planning before the Event or Activity
Managing The Activities
Evaluation and Review
Finding New Staff
Orientating and Inducting New Staff
Training Staff
Recognising and Awarding Volunteers
Managing Behaviour
Managing Bullying
Access and Equity
Child Protection
Clubs, Associations and Businesses
Running Meetings
Money Management
Getting Control of the Paperwork
Work Health and Safety
Planning For The Future
Understanding Youth Involvement
Taking Action: 10 Steps to Engaging Youth in Club Decision-Making
Helpful Links and Resources
Section 1: Introduction to Succession Planning
Section 2: The Succession Planning Process
Section 3: Crucial Ingredients for Steps 1-5
Step 1. Stop and Think
Step 2. Identify Barriers to Participation for Young People
Step 3. Decide How Your Club will Involve Young People in Decision-Making
Step 4. Form Community Partnerships
Step 5. Recruit Young People
Step 6. Induct Young People in to your Club General Induction Information
Step 7. Effectively Communicate with Young People
Step 8. Invest in Young People
Step 9. Mentor your Young Volunteers
Step 10. Recognise Volunteers and Thank Them for Their Work
Step 1: Examine your club’s position
Step 2: Identify skills required to fill critical roles in your club
Step 3: Assess the skills gap in your club and identify potential successors
Step 4: Develop and prepare potential successors
Step 5: Evaluate your succession plan


Managing Behaviour

It is essential that organisations take responsibility for promoting safe and fair play for all participants. Allowing discrimination and harassment can reduce morale and will reduce your income and membership numbers. It leads to costly discrimination complaints which could end up in court.

Correctly managing behaviour will:

  • Attract new members and keep existing ones
  • Ensure the strongest commitment to the club and the sport
  • Improve co-operation between members
  • Result in greater personal and team satisfaction.

Organisations /Clubs should provide:

  • Information rewards and sanctions
  • Incident reporting and template documents
  • Assistance in the management of volunteers and/or members of the public behaviour standards
  • Information on its own organisational standards


Since this is so important, a number of valuable resources have been produced to help organisations handle the behaviour of club members and other people involved in the club's activities. Many are sports based but can be easily adapted to other youth or community based activities.

Play by the Rules is a website and resource kit designed to give free online information about discrimination, harassment and child protection. www.playbytherules.net.au

"Sport rage" is any violence, foul language, harassment, abuse or bad behaviour in sport. Sport rage is bad for sport – it reduces enjoyment, risks safety and tarnishes club reputations. This website and resource kit - from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation - has tools and strategies for reducing Sport Rage. www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/sportrage

One tool for reducing Sport rage is the Coloured Vest program. This is a free program designed to build a more tolerant environment for officials so they are less likely to be harassed and more likely to continue in their role. Any NSW sporting club keen to support beginner officials can register for the Coloured Vest Program, which is FREE. NSW Sport and Recreation works with clubs to implement the program by providing:

A "Getting Started" information pack containing:

  • Five coloured vests
  • Play by the Rules lanyards
  • Promotional materials, including posters and cards and
  • Providing ongoing support, advice and ideas on supporting new officials.

You can register for the program at http://www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/sportrage

See also, resources and ideas for managing bullies, complaints and grievance policies, access and equity and child protection.