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Why the right compliance and risk management course is critical to your sports club

Risk mitigation is a key facet of almost every business. Even so, there are certain industries where compliance and risk management are particularly important, with few sectors demanding the rigorous standards essential in the world of Australian sports clubs. Part of the reason for this is the physical element that goes hand-in-hand with a golf or bowling club, but there are also environmental dangers that need to be accounted for. 

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be difficult to recognise and minimise these risks. A thorough understanding of the dangers faced by sports clubs and an appropriate plan for dealing with them is the first step on the road to compliance. Barringtons' Club Compliance and Risk Management Course (CCRMC) provides this, making it possible to effectively and safely manage a sports club in Australia without putting the organisation under unnecessary threat. 

The outdoor spaces required for  sports present several potential threats to employee and customer safety. 

The challenges of running a sports club

There are a variety of compliance issues and risks that every organisation in Australia needs to prepare for. These basic issues include everything from the threat of theft to ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place for employees. In clubs of any variety, it's also important to consider the responsible service of alcohol and the challenges associated with holding large amounts of cash on-site. For sporting clubs, the sheer number of risks that need to be considered and minimised is even higher. 

This is because of the physical nature of sports such as golf or bowling, and the associated hazards that come with these activities. The obvious dangers are injuries, with everything from simple sprains to more serious damage is a possibility that needs to be accounted for. In addition, the outdoor spaces required for these sports present several potential threats to employee and customer safety, including: 

  • Violent weather such as storms
  • Toxic emissions from golf carts
  • Accidents resulting from improper use of golf carts
  • Unsafe play areas for children
  • Hazards associated with waterways
  • The danger of being struck by a ball
  • A lack of first aid training

All of these factors need to be addressed for a sports club to fully comply with the relevant rules and regulations, as well as to protect customers and staff. 

Clubs with a golf course need to ensure their grounds are compliant. There are all sorts of different threats that can be found on a golf course.

The impact of non-compliance on a sporting club

While the clearest danger of ignoring these challenges is a customer or employee being harmed, there are all sorts of different ways that a lax attitude towards compliance can come back to bite a management team. In fact, the impact of non-compliance on a sporting club can be so severe that they affect management staff and the ability of the business to continue operating. 

The first and most damaging result of non-compliance is financial repercussions. This could be in the form of fines – of up to AU$3 million for club leaders and management teams – or losses from litigation. It's also important to consider the reputational damage associated with non-compliance. If an accident happens and your organisation isn't prepared, the negative effect on how a club is perceived can be more than enough to cripple operations by reducing business. 

The most damaging aspect of non-compliance is financial repercussions.

Club management courses in Australia

So, now that we've touched on all of the reasons why it's vital for sporting clubs to understand their compliance and risk-management obligations, the question becomes: How can organisations ensure they're across those responsibilities?

This is where Barringtons' Club Compliance and Risk Management Course comes into play, providing leadership teams with the expertise they need to effectively reduce their organisation's chances of failing to comply with the relevant legislation. Material covered includes:

  • The Registered Clubs Act, Liquor Act and Gaming Machines Act, which govern all registered clubs In NSW
  • The new Federal Work, Health and Safety Act
  • The Fairwork Act and National Employment Standards
  • Contractor-specific compliance management 
  • Management standards for emergency situations
  • Venue safety plans
  • Emergency, crisis and business continuity planning

The course has been specifically designed for the club industry and is tailored towards key roles in areas such as sports, HR, gaming and security. This ensures that only information essential to clubs is focused on, cutting through the unnecessary fluff to deliver the right information in the right way. Part of this focus is an emphasis on club-specific case studies, using real-world information to deliver valuable takeaways and best illustrate the dangers of non-compliance. 

Of course, we also know that clubs are busy organisations, and it isn't always practical to dedicate several days or even weeks to training. That's why the CCRMC is delivered in an intensive, one-day format which makes it possible to cover all of the relevant points without having to take too much time away from work. 

For more information on the course, as well as how Barringtons can assist your registered club, contact our team today.

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