The Cricket Administrators course on Governance conducted this past weekend in Nairobi brought together 15 participants from diverse backgrounds of the capital. They included teachers, cricketers and representatives from the government’s district sports offices.
The course – the final one of the four CAP programs scheduled for the year, enlightened the attendance on the governance structures not only in cricket federations but across several sports disciplines which by and large use similar guidelines.
The understanding of the workings of the structures in sports organisations found itself at the centre of discussions; emphasis was placed on the importance of proper administrative structures which often go hand in hand with successful sports management.
Context of Activity:
The course content went on to define the Board as the group given the responsibility of setting the federations direction and strategic goals while monitoring performance against the goals set. It further identified the CEO as the person accorded the mandate to manage other staff and volunteers as is required to achieve the goals set in the strategic plan.
It covered the role of by-laws in the structures of operations and also mentioned them as regulations that deal with particular issues that don’t necessarily need to be part of the constitution of an organisation but rather specific rules that govern day to day operations. The by-laws can be changed by the Board when they deem it necessary in keeping with the changes in operational needs of the association.
The quality of the governance structures in place can have a significant impact on the running be it of a club or a federation. The structures are also subject to high levels of scrutiny. This makes it very important for those involved in governance and management of clubs or federations to develop good governance skills to be able to cope with the demands of the tasks that they have to perform.
After the completion of the CAP-Governance Module the participants are now be able to:
1. Understand governance systems and how to use these in Club/National Cricket Federations.
2. Understand effective Club/National Cricket Associations structures
3. Understand basic constitutional issues relating to Club/National Cricket Federations
A section of the participants found the course rather less relevant at the beginning but as the contents were expounded in details and examples given they felt more and more accustomed to them and generally acknowledged that they were important to their development into future leaders.
Through this process the participants were able to equate themselves with basic governance skills that could prove vital in the future as they discover new avenues in their careers and especially in regards to sports administration that was largely covered within the course.