A club, by definition, is an organized group of people working together for a common purpose. Benefits of forming a speed skating club include:• Encouraging local ownership;• Providing an organized form of recreation at the community level;• Promoting the development of leadership;• Encouraging cooperation and teamwork;• Coordinating fundraising activities;The advantages of forming a non-profit club, registered as a company, include the following:
• Limiting the liability of members of various debts and obligations on which the club could be liable;
• Provide organizations with a more permanent although individual members may change;
• Incorporate the business and affairs of the organization;
• Eligibility for financial assistance from funding agencies and governments.
The Initial Steps
- Make sure there is a need for the sport club
- Talk to members of the community, find out their interest and get their support to look at new and improved ways to organize the club.
- Call a meeting to discuss the benefits of a sport club and to confirm who the interested community members are.
- Get those interested members together for a working meeting to plan how to better improve the club in the community. If this is the first attempt to organize a club, ask and encourage them to sit on the executive. As the club develops, members can later be elected to the executive.
- Draft some guidelines for the club that include:
- Responsibilities and authorities of the executive
- Relationship of the club to local recreation committee
- Host the first annual meeting, agree with the principle of forming a club and organize how you will operate. Invite resource people such as your recreation leader, and/or member from provincial/territorial sport organization, provincial/territorial sport federation and/or ministry.