PROJECT KEY TOPICS
The project will address two central aspects of governance in grassroots sport organizations in Europe today:
1) Relations to Public Authorities: For European local non-governmental grassroots sport organizations, the key financial contributor is the Local Public Authority. However, managing relations with Public Authorities is fraught with dilemmas and challenges, and relations do not always run smoothly.
2) Coping with financial risk: Based on voluntary work, grassroots sport leadership faces different financial demands and opportunities and have varying degrees of risk aversion. Defining the right strategy in financial management and implementing it with high competence is a key concern.
Within the overall topic of Good Governance, the project will debate the above aspects with a focus on two cross-cutting governance themes:
1) Transparency: Allowing internal and external stakeholders and the public at large a continuous insight into decision making processes and the knowledge base of these decisions; organizational priorities and structures; as well as financial records. Transparency is chosen as it should be a defining feature of grassroots sport NGO management, given the public purposes these NGOs serve and the high degree of interdependence vis-à-vis Public Authorities. It is also the key focus of the European Council Work Plan on Sport from May 2011 when it comes to good governance.
2) Accountability: Defining clear responsibilities for the different parts of the organization, including the board, the management, staff and volunteers/ voluntary committees.
Accountability is chosen as it is a key democratic fundament, and a prerequisite for the trustworthiness and respect that grassroots sport organizations strive to achieve.