Big thumbs up to Leadership Capability Forum


Link to Video of the Enhance your Sports Leadership Capability Forum

A forum designed to boost the leadership capability of top of the south sports and community groups has got a big thumbs up from those who attended.

Almost 30 people from 18 organisations, including three non-sporting groups, from across the region and beyond turned up for the day-long forum in Renwick on June 30 which was organised by Sport Tasman.

It featured an impressive range of speakers on topics that ranged from how to get more young people involved in the sector to strengthening governance, diversifying the makeup of boards, and improving team work and media skills.

 Nelson Rugby Club operations manager Grant Crossett said the forum was well worthwhile, with an interesting line-up of speakers and subjects and an opportunity to share common problems.

``It was very relevant and well done.’’

Crossett found the presentation by Millennial Mindset founder Paul Rataul about what young people expect from a job or a role before they will engage ``a bit of an eye opener’’.

``How to get young people involved is something we are all struggling with.’’

``They are often focused on what they want and their core values and the challenge is to get them to see the wider picture.’’

He also got value out of discussions on the need for more comprehensive child protection policies and on new strategies for attracting sponsorship.

Nelson Bays Volleyball board member Vonnie Christian said it was good to get a refresher course on the difference between governance and management.

She also enjoyed the sessions on workforce performance and planning and effective communication led by Melanie Stanton of Nelson Bays Professional Solutions.

``It was very beneficial.’’

She said the forum was also a great place to network and she hoped it would be repeated.

``I would recommend it to others. There are always things to learn.’’

A forum organiser and Sport Tasman community sport advisor, Julie Price, said it was a first for the region and its success meant it could become a regular event.

``We organised it because there are very few professional development or networking opportunities for volunteers and administrators working in the sport sector.”

``The initial feedback was that it was valuable, informative and worth attending.’’  

She thanked Crowe Horwath and Sport New Zealand for their support to get the forum off the ground.