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‘Governance’ refers to the process of running your club, making decision and ensuring that the club is effective and properly run; it is about the principles that guide you to do the right thing in the right way, but differs from ‘management’ which is concerned with organising the day-to-day activities of the club.
Governance is not the most exciting of subjects but it is important that good governance arrangements i.e. the processes and procedures, are in place, are used, and are adhered to, otherwise unnecessary problems can occur. Poor governance can, in itself, cause problems when issues get out of hand if they are not handled correctly.
Your club is primarily about one or more of the aquatic disciplines, and few people will want to spend a lot of time on the mechanics of committee meeting, constitutions, rules and policies. However, it will help you club to run much more smoothly if they basic arrangement are in place so that if you do encounter problems you have some guidelines to refer to.
Each club should carefully consider the most appropriate constitution for its particular circumstances and it is important that your club is structured in a way that best suits your needs now and in the future. There are a number of reasons to get you club structure correct including:
Please click here for more information on alternative club structures that are available.
Governance includes the following:
Please click here for more information on Swim England requirements and Swim England North West support.