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Club Management

All clubs are different and vary in scale, interests and activities they offer however there are some basic management structures, policies and procedures that we would recommend are adopted and embedded within your organisations to ensure the safe and effective running of your club.

Club Structure

By getting your clubs structure and governance correct you will improve the effectiveness of your club alongside ensuring you manage risk and protect your members and volunteers.

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Governance & Roles

For effective management of your club you need to ensure your club has a constitution place and a formalised committee with designated active roles in place. As a minimum you should have the following roles; Chair Person, Treasurer, Secretary, Club Welfare Officer, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Safety Officer.

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Policies & Procedures

Safe Operating Procedures and Policies are essential part of ensuring your club is run a safe and responsible way. Different clubs, premises, membership profiles and local waters will all require differing levels of safety planning and organisation. British Canoeing required all clubs to submit the following essential policies when affiliating to British Canoeing:

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It’s really important that your club has got insurance to cover day to day operations and activities that your club runs. Combined Liability insurance is provided for your club when you affiliate to British Canoeing. Full details of cover can be found here. 

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Having active, qualified coaches is essential for the survival and development of any club. Running an annual programme of coach training, qualification and development should be part of a clubs normal operation.

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Disputes and Appeals

Occasionally disputes between club members or officials can occur. These are normally best resolved informally through discussion within the club through either compromise or agreement. If an informal resolution is not possible, parties may feel that they need to resort to a more formal process to resolve the issue. A formal process should only be adopted once resolution through informal discussion has failed. 

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