Are you a board member of a sporting club or organisation? Do you understand your role and responsibilities? Running a sports body has becoming increasingly onerous in the last number of years. Meanwhile, the sporting world has been rocked by controversies both internationally and in Ireland, which have had significant repercussions. Alongside this, all entities funded by Sport Ireland must comply with a code of governance (the Sports Code), adopted by Sport Ireland, by the end of 2021.
In Sports Governance: A Guide for Sporting Entities, accountant and experienced board member Anne McFarland provides an essential and practical guide for all board and committee members of sporting organisations, both large and small, to understand and address governance issues. The book covers:
- The importance of good governance
- What to consider before joining a board or committee
- The responsibilities of being a board member
- How a board meeting should be run
- Developing the strategy of the sporting body
- What risks the entity might face
- Accountability of the board
- How the board should be monitoring the running of the entity
Each chapter also includes essential points for the smaller sporting entity, and ten key points.
Concise and easy to read, Sports Governance is essential reading for anyone involved in running a sporting body, large or small. It will also be of interest to policy-makers and auditors.
Anne McFarland is a chartered accountant with a diploma from UCD in Corporate Governance and a diploma from the Law Society in Sports Law. She has been a finance director of multinational organisations for many years; she lectures on corporate governance and enjoys working with sporting entities, big and small, to develop strategy and improve governance. This book draws on her practical experience as a board member and as an advisor on governance, as well as her interest in sport, both amateur and professional. She is co-author of A Practical Guide for Company Directors (Chartered Accountants Ireland, 2017).
The Olympic Federation of Ireland has a particular focus on governance. It is proud to support the publication of this book as a resource for all sports and governing bodies.